(CNSNews.com) - "The principles that will guide my campaign for president are simple enough to stick on a bumper sticker -- freedom, security, and democracy," South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg told a cheering crowd as he formally announced his presidential run on Sunday.
Buttigieg made the case that freedom stems from more government, not less:
"Freedom has been Democratic bedrock ever since the New Deal -- freedom from want, freedom from fear," Buttigieg said.
"Our conservative friends care about freedom, but they -- they only make it part of the way. They only see "freedom from" -- freedom from taxes, freedom from regulation, as though government is the only thing that can make somebody unfree. But it's not true," he continued:
Your neighbor can make you unfree. Your cable company can make you unfree. Your freedom depends on a lot more than just the size of your government.
Health care is freedom, because you're not free if you can't start a small business when leaving your job means losing your health care.
Consumer protection is freedom, because you're not free if you can't sue your credit card company even after they get caught ripping you off.
Racial justice is freedom, because you are not free if there is a veil of mistrust between people of color and the officers sworn to keep us safe.
Empowering teachers means freedom, because you're not free in your own classroom if your ability to do your job is reduced to a number on a page.
Women's equality is freedom, because you're not free if your reproductive health choices are dictated by male politicians.
Organized labor sows freedom, because you're not free if you can't organize for a fair day's pay for a good day's work.
And take it from Chasten and me, you are not free if a county clerk gets to tell you who you ought to marry because of their idea of their political beliefs.
The chance to live a life of your choosing, in keeping with your values, that is freedom in its richest sense. And we know that good government secures freedom just as much as bad government denies it.