IMO followers of Christ first and foremost follow the 1st commandment -- to love God ALONG WITH ones neighbor.
That's why I always vote for liberty.
Liberty for who?
The big CEO who has had good fortune and having the liberty to pay his employees what he wants...and will, as he is just as money hungry as the politicians are.
No, he is far more decent than politicians. He earned his wealth by serving others, his customers, better than his competitors did. Politicians don't earn theirs. Take Obama, for instance. He and his cronies are borrowing trillions to spend on themselves and their allies leaving the productive to pay it off, somehow.
But how about the poor shmuck who makes $7.25 an hr with few or no benefits and even tho he really doesn't have the all around capability to do anything else, he does a good job and his job is needed. Does he have as much liberty as the millionaire?? Nope.
Does he HAVE liberty. Yep. The $7.25 is what he earns. If he wants so-called benefits, he actually has to earn those, too.
Loving my neighbor (IMO) means being careful there is fairness for all....at least as far as it depends on me (in my voting and etc). In this country certain groups of people have more liberty then others...as some groups (generally) automatically have less opportunities/freedoms then others.....African Americans (and other minority groups), the "lower" classes, the mentally ill, people with dwarfism and other conditions, the elderly, people with serious illnesses, the handicapped and children. These are not anecdotal, as there are many many people in this country who are in one or more of these groups.
"When you do it to the least of these my brethren, you do it to Me."
When Jesus was out and about, He paid more attention and had more concern for the vulnerable....so, so should we.
If there are some that don't have the same basic opportunities, then there really is not liberty and justice for all.
Life, liberty and the persuit of happiness.
Life - what is needed to stay alive.
Liberty - the freedom to aquire the very basics, SO that I can persue happiness.
If you attend to the needs of those with less than you with your own time and money, that is is your choice and it is very commendable. If you vote to do it with other people's money, then it is shameful. It does appear you are saying what a wonderful country we would be with guns to our heads.