Guest Article Written by Jacob Hornberger, Libertarian Candidate for President
President Trump is making it clear that if he is reelected, he intends to complete the destruction of American liberty, at least with respect to the wars on drugs and terrorism.
The war on terrorism is the sham war that was waged for 16 years by Republican President George W. Bush and Democrat President Barack Obama. As part of that war, both of them assumed and exercised extraordinary totalitarian-like powers that succeeded in destroying the freedom of the American people.
These totalitarian powers included the following:
- the power to conduct state-sponsored military or CIA assassinations against American citizens and foreign citizens;
- the power to place Americans citizens and foreign citizens into military dungeons or detention camps;
- the power to indefinitely detain American citizens and foreign citizens in military or CIA custody;
- the power to torture American citizens and foreign citizens through the military or the CIA;
- the power to secretly spy on American citizens or foreign citizens, primarily through the NSA, including secretly monitoring people’s email, Internet visits, and telephone communications.
There is no way that any person who lives under that type of governmental system can legitimately be considered free. Those are powers exercised by such totalitarian regimes as North Korea, China, Cuba, and Egypt.
What was the justification for Bush’s and Obama’s unilateral assumption and exercise of these totalitarian powers?
The 9/11 attacks. Both Bush, Obama, and the national-security establishment steadfastly maintained that “the terrorists” hated us for our “freedom and values” and were coming to get us. To keep Americans safe from the terrorists, they said, the president needed to assume and exercise those totalitarian powers. The destruction of liberty would only be temporary, they said, until the terrorists were defeated and the war on terrorism won.
Almost 20 years later, Trump and the national-security establishment are still waging their war on terrorism, with the full support of Democrats. Their war on terrorism has become perpetual, a now-permanent part of American life.
After the national-security establishment lost its official enemies — communism and the Soviet Union — with the end of the Cold War in 1989, the Pentagon and the CIA went into the Middle East and began killing people, especially people in Iraq.
That killing spree naturally produced massive rage within people in the Middle East, especially when President Clinton’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright, announced in 1995 that the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children from U.S. and UN sanctions against Iraq were “worth it.” The problem was was compounded by the U.S. government’s unconditional support of the Israeli government and the intentional stationing of U.S. troops near Islamic holy lands.
Not surprisingly, the boiling rage in the Middle East ended up manifesting itself in the form of anti-American terrorism, including, but certainly not limited to, the 9/11 attacks.
Thus, anti-American terrorism was never rooted in hatred for America’s “freedom and values.” That has been a flat-out lie during the entire 19-year term of Bush-Obama-Trump. Anti-American terrorism has always been rooted in hatred for the U.S. government’s deadly and destructive interventionism in the Middle East and Afghanistan, which, needless to say, forms no part of America’s “freedom and values.”
After the 9/11 attacks, Bush doubled down with by expanding the killing spree to Afghanistan and by ordering his military to invade Iraq for the purpose of regime change. Once Obama took over, he continued the killing spree in both countries, just as Trump has, despite their pretty campaign promises to end America’s “endless” wars.
And now Trump has announced that he intends to wage the war on drugs in the same manner that he and his predecessors have waged the war on terrorism. He plans to do that by declaring drug-war violators as “terrorists,” which will then enable him to employ his totalitarian war-on-terrorism powers in his war on drugs.
There is one — and only one way — to bring an end to this joint Republican-Democrat mayhem and to restore American liberties that have been destroyed by both the war on terrorism and the war on drugs: libertarianism. That necessarily means bringing all the troops home immediately, bringing an end to the war on terrorism and its decades-long killing spree, along with the anti-American terrorism it spawned. It also necessarily means bringing an immediate end to the failed, deadly, destructive, and racially bigoted war on drugs that both Republicans and Democrats have also been waging for decades.