After almost two years of trying to decide whether to run for reelection to Congress or to seek the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nomination, this week Congressman Justin Amash finally announced that he suspended his congressional campaign in February and signaled his intent to formally seek the LP presidential nomination within a few days.
Amash served as a Republican congressman for eight years — from 2011 until July 2019, when he resigned from the Republican Party and declared that he was now an Independent. At the time he left the GOP, he said that the reason he was leaving was because he had grown weary of America’s “two-party system.”
Amash is the arch-typical example of what the mainstream media calls a “libertarian-leaning conservative” or “libertarian-leaning Republican” and what I call a “Republican-lite.” Republican-lites are hybrids. Their political DNA consists of both conservatism, which is usually dominant, and libertarianism, which is usually inferior.
One of the distinguishing characteristics of Republicans, libertarian-leaning conservatives, and Republican-lites is their use of freedom mantras. Their most popular one is “free enterprise, private property, and limited government.” You will find it in their speeches, articles, websites, and stationery. Mark my words: When Amash finally enters the LP presidential race, you will hear that mantra from him, along with “liberty” and “free-markets.” As with Republicans and other Republican-lites, you will also hear Amash decry “big government” and “socialism,” just as President Trump does.
But where the rubber meets the road is with respect to the federal programs, laws, departments, agencies, and actions that Republican-lites support that violate not only their freedom mantras but also the principles of libertarianism.
Case in point: the CIA, which is without any doubt the most evil federal agency in U.S. history. 
Brought into existence in 1947, the CIA wields the omnipotent power to assassinate people, including Americans, and has exercised that power practically since its inception. It continues to exercise this evil power on a regular basis today.
It also wields the omnipotent power to incarcerate people indefinitely without due process of law and trial by jury. 
It wields the omnipotent power to kidnap and brutally torture people and then destroy the evidence of its evil actions.
The CIA wields the power to go into foreign countries and effect regime-change operations through coups, assassination, bribery, and kidnapping.
One of the CIA’s most notorious acts in the history of our country was to engage in drug experiments on unsuspecting Americans. The program was called MKULTRA. Americans have never learned the full extent of this evil program because the CIA intentionally destroyed all of its MKULTRA files before Congress and the American people could lay their hands on them.
After World War II, the CIA knowingly and secretly brought former officials of Nazi Germany into the ranks of the CIA, using U.S. taxpayer money to fund their salaries.
There is no way to reconcile the CIA with the genuine concepts of liberty and limited government. A free society and a limited-government republic necessarily depend on the eradication of this evil agency from American society.
But that’s not the way Republicans and Republican-lites, including Amash, see it. They glorify the CIA, claiming that it’s a great defender of their concepts of “liberty” and “limited government.” 
Take a look at this page of Amash’s congressional website. Scroll down to the following two entries: “CIA Kids Page (Kindergarten-5th Grade)” and “CIA Kids Page (6th Grade-12th Grade).
Yes, that’s right: despite all is mantras extolling “liberty” and “limited government,” Congressman Justin Amash is sending kids — kids! — to the website of the CIA, the most evil agency in U.S. history. 
And what do those kids see when they arrive at the CIA’s website. They see classic propaganda issued by this evil agency: “The people of the CIA do very important work. They help keep our country safe…. If you read carefully, you can become a CIA expert. We also have some fun stories and games for you.”
Amash’s sending of kids to the website of this evil organization is both pathetic and shameful. But it is entirely consistent with conservatism, Republicans, and libertarian-leaning Republicans.
If LP members want their presidential candidate extolling the virtues of the CIA and sending kids to the CIA’s website, then I’m not your guy. 
But if you want an LP candidate who is going to tell the truth to the American people about the CIA and explain why this evil agency is incompatible with the genuine principles of freedom and limited government and why it needs to be abolished, not reformed, then I qualify to be your presidential candidate in the general election. 
See: Abolish the CIA: An Interview with Jacob Hornberger on the Tom Woods Show.
See: “Why Not Simply Abolish the CIA?” by Jacob G. Hornberger, published by The Future of Freedom Foundation (which does not endorse my candidacy)
See: “Don’t Reform the CIA. Abolish It” by Jacob G. Hornberger, posted on the website of Counterpunch.org.

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