The Carolinian, Raleigh, North Carolina
An African-American newspaper founded in 1940
Column by Carolinian reporter Greg Fray
Wednesday, January 8, 2020, print edition
I have always considered myself to be one of the most liberal people you will ever meet. I jokingly say that Barack Obama was a conservative compared to my far reaching leftist ideals. With our current state of affairs in Washington, I am considering voting for a different party rather than continue to endorse Democratic or Republican partisanship that does nothing to fix our country’s problems.
I wasn’t very familiar with the libertarian party until I had the privilege of meeting Jacob Hornberger. Jacob filed for his presidential run on October 29, 2019. He’s the founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, which Is a non-profit educational foundation, whose mission is to present principled Libertarian party philosophy, he spoke at drug war conferences held at three HBCU, and he’s the author/editor of twelve books, including Jacob’s newest book,” My Passion For Liberty.”
Born in Laredo, Texas, and raised on a farm on the Rio Grande, Mr. Hornberger went to infantry school at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1973. From 1975-1983 he was a trial attorney in Laredo, Texas and from 1983-1987 he practiced law in Dallas, Texas.
In 1996, he was the keynote speaker at the 1996 Libertarian party national convention. He was awarded the Thomas Paine Award for outstanding communication of Libertarian principles. In 2002, he ran as an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia which now leads to a presidential run.
What really made me take notice of Mr. Hornberger was his commitment to exposing injustices within our criminal justice system. Notably his strong reaction to the insane sentence of 200 years inmate Michael Holmes received for a non-violent crime.
Since reading the article I wrote about Mike, Mr. Hornberger has joined the fight to bring attention to cases like his. I’ve watched his videos denouncing the disproportionate treatment of African Americans when it comes to drug offences. He and the libertarian party strongly believe that we shouldn’t criminalize drugs use or even institutionalize offenders for possessing, distributing and selling drugs when the solution lies in its legalization. So among other things, Mr. Hornberger went to Wilmington Saturday and Sunday, January the fourth and fifth to do a door knocking campaign. They passed out 400 fliers with bold letters stating, “Free Michael Holmes,” “End Jim Crow mass incarceration and the drug war, the most racially bigoted government program since segregation.”
I’d be the first to admit that I’m uncomfortable with the concept of legalizing all drugs to solve the problems associated with minority incarceration rates. I personally don’t think giving our community more rope to legally abuse drugs, that have been a cancer in our communities, will all of a sudden transform them into safer places to live.
However, why do we tolerate a two party system that won’t work together on anything? If a bill (which would be great for the country) is introduced by one side, it surely will be obstructed by the other. My dissatisfaction with this allowed me to take a strong look at Mr. Hornberger and the Libertarian beliefs for our country’s future.
In sum, politicians come out of the woodwork and make promises they would be able to fulfill if it wasn’t for partisan politics. Why are we continuing to endorse Republicans and Democrats after they’ve shown us h ow unworthy they are of our loyalty?Libertarianism is indeed different from the norm. All things considered, actions speak louder than words. Jacob Hornberger has a steep mountain to climb in this Presidential race, but he has shown how he will get involved in social issues affecting our community when he went door to door in Wilmington this weekend. His numerous videos depicting the injustices blacks encounter in the criminal justice system warrants a following of this guy. We are always looking for someone special to vote for. Perhaps the alternative candidate is Jacob Hornberger. Look him up or settle for less. —GREG FRAY
The Carolinian, Raleigh, North Carolina