Meanwhile, Trump Is Wreaking Death and Destruction in Somalia

Meanwhile, Trump Is Wreaking Death and Destruction in Somalia

While the nation is naturally consumed with the coronavirus here at home, it is important to note that the crisis has not prevented President Trump and his generals to continue wreaking death and destruction in other parts of the world. 

A good example is Somalia. Yes, Somalia, the country that was featured in the 2001 movie Black Hawk Down, about U.S. servicemen who were ambushed and killed back in 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia. 

You read that right. With the full support of the president who campaigned on a platform of ending the Pentagon’s “forever wars,” U.S. troops are back in Somalia today intervening, bombing, shooting, and killing people. 

What’s their justification for their interventionism? They are killing members of the Shabab, which, according to the New York Times, is the largest and most active affiliate of al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda? I remember them. Aren’t they the ones that carried out the 9/11 attacks almost 20 years ago? Isn’t that why the Pentagon invaded Iraq and Afghanistan — to defeat al-Qaeda? Isn’t that why they killed Osama bin Laden in a raid in Pakistan? Isn’t that why they have been waging a “war on terrorism” for the past 20 years?

You mean to tell me that they still haven’t defeated al-Qaeda and won the war on terrorism? How long will be it before they win this endless war?

The perfect racket

Soon after the 9/11 attacks, I wrote that the war on terrorism was going to last even longer than the war on drugs, which has lasted for decades. Have I not been proven right? That’s because their foreign interventions, which kill people and destroy their countries, produce the anger and hatred that manifests itself in terrorist retaliation. 

Then, when the terrorists retaliate, the Pentagon and the CIA say that the terrorists are coming to get us, which they then use as the excuse for killing more of them over there, which then generates more anti-American terrorism, which then is used as the excuse for more intervention.

It really is the perfect racket, a racket that ensures that the U.S. national-security establishment and its army of “defense” contractors continue receiving ever-increasing amounts of tax-funded largess and that they continue their exalted position within the federal governmental structure. 

The cause of anti-American terrorism

According to the New York Times, two Shabab operatives were recently arrested while taking flying lessons. Sound familiar?

Recall that when the 9/11 attacks occurred, U.S. officials immediately went on the offensive and claimed that terrorism had finally arrived in the United States, sort of like a virus, and that it was all because of hatred for America’s freedom and values. 

But it was a lie, just as the rest of the U.S. government’s interventionist foreign policy is based on lies. The truth, as Ron Paul pointed out in that now-famous presidential debate, was that they came over here to kill us because the U.S. government had been over there killing people. That includes not just the 9/11 attacks, but also the attacks that preceded it — e.g., the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, the attack on the USS Cole, and the attacks on the U.S. embassies in East Africa. It also includes the post-9/11 attacks, such as the Fort Hood killing and the Detroit would-be bomber.

Of course, that’s not what interventionists wanted to hear. They wanted people to buy into the “freedom and values” rationale so that they could use the 9/11 attacks to generate even more interventionism so that they could have an endless threat of anti-American terrorism to justify their ever-increasing largess and power.

Military empire and intervention

Ask yourself an important question: What in the world are those U.S. troops doing in Somalia, a country that is 8,000 miles away from the United States? The Shabab is not threatening to invade the United States. They don’t have hundreds of thousands of transport ships and planes and millions of troops crossing the ocean to come and take over the reins of the federal government and force us to learn Sharia law. They are nothing more than a ragtag Third World group that is fighting to win a civil war in Somalia. What business is that of the United States?

Gen. Stephen j. Townsend, the head of the Pentagon’s Africa Command, told a House committee, “Shabab is a very real threat to Somalia, the region, the international community and even the U.S. homeland.”

Africa Command? Why in the world does the United States have an “Africa” Command? I wonder if Africa has a North America command.

And a threat to the U.S homeland? Oh my gosh! Does this mean that the Muslims are coming to get us again in order to fulfill their centuries-old quest to establish a worldwide caliphate in which we are all required to memorize the Koran? ‘

No, surely Townsend is not saying that the Shabab is coming to invade and conquer the United States. Presumably, he is saying that they are going to initiate terrorists attacks within the United States. 

But what Townsend and his fellow generals just don’t get is why the Shabab is attacking U.S. troops over there and threatening to kill Americans here at home. No, it’s not because they hate America for its freedom and values. It’s because the Pentagon is over there, butting its interventionist nose where it doesn’t belong — in another nation’s civil war, just like it did in Korea and Vietnam, where the Pentagon sacrificed more than 100,000 American men for nothing.

If the Pentagon were to come home and leave Somalia to the Somalians, there would be no more attacks on U.S. soldiers in Somalia and no more threats of anti-American terrorism from the Shabab. 

Trump has been a disaster

President Trump’s three years in office have been a disaster. Despite his campaign promise to end America’s “endless wars,” he had done the exact opposite. Not only has he permitted the generals to maintain their death machine in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia, he is also doing his best to start a new endless war against Iran. 

In the process, Trump is permitting the generals and their vast military industrial complex to maintain their powerful and lucrative position within America’s federal governmental structure. 

Moreover, need I mention that the Pentagon’s war machine is a major contributing factor to the impending bankruptcy of the American people owing to Trump’s out-of-control federal spending and debt? 

Donald Trump has proven to be nothing more than the continuation of the Bush-Obama administrations. It is now clear that America could have elected Hillary Clinton and the result would have been no different.

Stimulus Loot for the Rich and Powerful

Stimulus Loot for the Rich and Powerful

After decades of using the federal government to plunder and loot the rich in order to provide welfare doles to the poor and middle class, a few Democrats are crying about the fact that the $2 trillion “stimulus” package is mostly going to big corporations and influential big businessmen. That includes a massive $500 billion slush fund for making loans to select businesses that will be managed by President Trump’s Treasury Secretary. Don’t worry–there won’t be any corruption there.

Isn’t that ironic? Welcome, leftists, to the real of world of socialism — the world where the federal government, in the words of Frederic Bastiat, is a fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else. And guess who gets the lion’s share of the loot in this crooked and corrupt world! Yep, those fat-cat entitles that spend millions of dollars on those well-heeled lobbyists and lawyers, who in turn spend their lives licking the shoes of the president and the members of Congress on behalf of their corporate and big-business clients.

Needless to say, not one single Republican or Democrat is asking where Trump and his bigs-spending cohorts are getting all this money. I thought Big Spender Trump was already spending $1 trillion a year more than what the federal government is bringing in with taxes. Have he and his fellow big spenders been hiding these additional trillions of dollars all along for a rainy day?

We libertarians know how they are pulling off this fiscal magic act. We’ve seen it before. They are simply having the Federal Reserve initiate a massive inflationary printing of new paper money to pay for their massive welfare program. And we libertarians now how that story ends: with the massive  devaluation and further destruction of people’s money down the road. That’s precisely what the Fed has done for 90 years — destroy our money through massive monetary debasement.

The insecurity of life

Life is unpredictable and insecure. While everything can be calm and peaceful today, suddenly tomorrow everything can be turned upside down. 

This is especially true in the business world. Sometimes things go extremely well for businesses. Other times, things go extremely badly. 

If things go badly for a company, then that’s just the way it is. Sometimes things go so bad that a company goes broke or bankrupt. No one is guaranteed success in life. 

Except in world of corporate socialism, the world of political plunder, looting, and stealing in the name of “stimulating” the economy. 

What a crooked and corrupt racket!

When the coronavirus struck, it soon became clear that there was going to be a huge downtown in the economy. Big corporations were going to lose a lot of money. Big investors were going to do the same in the stock market.

That’s when their lobbyists swung into action, greasing the wheels to ensure that the government, operating through the IRS and the Federal Reserve, stole trillions of dollars from American taxpayers and transferred most of the loot to their clients.

Oh sure, the regular people are going to get those little $1,200 welfare checks, but that’s just to keep them sedated and grateful for having such a wonderful, caring political daddy. 

A few years from now, when these same people are being taxed, say, $10,000, either directly or through massive devaluation of their money, to pay for the massive additional debt that is now being piled onto the current $24 trillion in national debt, they will have forgotten that they received only $1,200 from their federal masters.

The big con

It’s all just one great big con, the same con that took place after the 2008 Federal Reserve-induced bubble burst, when they began bailing out big, well-heeled financial firms.

And look at who is responsible for this “stimulus” racket: Big Spender Donald Trump and his Republican and Democrat cohorts. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: When it comes to liberty, privacy, and sound money, you can never count on Republicans or conservatives. At the first sign of trouble, Big Spender Trump caves and joins up with his Big Spending Republican and Democrat buddies to go on a spending and debt spree the likes of which would made a President Hillary Clinton happy and proud.

If you like the direction that our country is heading in — the direction toward perpetual war, destructive trade wars, state-sponsored assassinations, provoking war with Third World countries, sanctions and embargoes killing innocent people, mandatory charity, debased currency, massive violence, increasing suicidea, a vicious, deadly, and racially bigoted drug war, a deadly war on immigrants, an ever-growing national-security establishment, and out-of-control federal spending, debt, and inflationary debasement of the currency — you can vote for either Trump or Joe Biden. It won’t make any difference. They are flip sides of the same coin. Not a bit of difference in overall philosophy. They are just fighting over who gets the power and the money.

But if you want a different direction — one that leads our nation toward liberty, peace, prosperity, harmony, health, and morality, join up with us libertarians. Join up with me and help me win the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination this coming May.

Donald Trump’s Banality of Evil

Donald Trump’s Banality of Evil

Even before the coronavirus, President Trump’s system of economic sanctions against the Iranian people was evil. How else can one describe a regime’s targeting a nation’s civilian population with death, suffering, and impoverishment with the aim of achieving a political end? Isn’t that why we condemn terrorism?

But now with the coronavirus, Trump’s banality of evil on Iran rises to spectacular new heights. Not only is he refusing to lift his cruel and brutal sanctions in the midst of this health crisis, last week he actually imposed new sanctions to wreak even more death, suffering, and impoverishment among the Iranian people.

While Trump and his central planning cohorts run around like chickens with the heads cut off to deal with the coronavirus pandemic here in the United States, Iran is suffering 27,000 documented coronavirus cases. That is on top of the vise that has already squeezed the lifeblood out of the Iranian economy, a vise consisting of Iran’s centrally planned economy and Trump’s cruel and brutal sanctions.

U.S. regime change in Iran

Why the sanctions? For regime change, the goal at the center of the U.S. national-security state’s foreign policy of interventionism for the past 100 years. Just ask the Cubans. Or the North Koreans. Or the Venezuelans. They have all suffered under U.S. regime-change sanctions and embargoes too.

U.S. officials simply can’t get over the fact that the Iranian people ousted their U.S.-installed and U.S.-trained brutal dictator, the Shah of Iran, from power some 40 years ago, especially given that it was U.S. officials who installed him into power in 1953 as part of a U.S.-driven coup that intentionally destroyed Iran’s experiment with democracy.

That’s what these sanctions are ultimately  all about — revenge for daring to oust a U.S.-installed and U.S.-trained brutal and tyrannical dictator from power and the hope of installing another U.S.-approved puppet into power in Iran.

It obviously wasn’t enough for U.S. officials to partner with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and help him wage his vicious 8-year-war of aggression against Iran, which included illegal chemical warfare, in which tens of thousands of Iranian people were killed. 

Soon after taking power, Trump and his national-security state cohorts proceeded to initiate their deadly sanctions scheme. And now life has given them a grand opportunity to wreak even more death, misery, and suffering on the Iranian people in the midst of the worse health threat in our lifetime. 

What better term to describe this phenomenon than “the banality of evil”?

The illegality of sanctions

It’s worth mentioning that Congress has never declared war on Iran, which makes Trump’s death machine illegal under our form of government. There is no grant of power in the Constitution authorizing the president to kill people in foreign countries with sanctions.

One reason that Trump can get away with his evil, immoral, and deadly scheme is that a deferential Congress and a deferential Supreme Court let him get away with it.

Another reason is that Iran is an impoverished Third World nation that would’t stand a chance in a war with the U.S. government. Thus, this badly suffering nation has no effective choice except to put up with this evil program being enforced by the world’s biggest bully.

The U.S. government has no more business meddling with Iran than it does meddling in the affairs of any other nation. It’s all about foreign interventionism — i.e., the prerogative claimed by the Pentagon and the CIA to intervene and meddle in nations all over the world and, in the process, kill, maim, injure, destroy, bomb, torture, assassinate, and impoverish as many people as they want. And, of course, all in the name of defending our “freedom,” notwithstanding the obvious fact that no one in the world, including Iran, is threatening the freedom of the American people.

Keeping America great?

Trump claims that he has converted America into a great nation during his three years in office. That’s why he now wears a KAG cap rather than a MAGA hat — Keep America Great rather than Make America Great. 

But how can a nation be great when its president and its government is knowingly, intentionally, and deliberately killing innocent people? A truly great nation doesn’t permit its government to kill innocent people, including people who live in impoverished and suffering Third World countries.

When it comes to the coronavirus, we are all citizens of the world. That includes Iranian citizens, most of whom love Americans and our ideals. They just hate the federal government, and with justification. The American people should be rising up in unison and demanding that their president and his national-security cohorts lift their evil sanctions against Iran (and against North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and everyone else). When it comes to this virus, everyone in world is in this together. 

Iran is not an “enemy,” a “rival,” or “opponent” of the United States. That’s the talk of empire. That’s the lingo of interventionists. As the victims of U.S. imperialism would say, “Yankee, go home!”

Campaigning in North Carolina, Part 15: Update on Michael Holmes

Campaigning in North Carolina, Part 15: Update on Michael Holmes

Although it’s been a couple of weeks since I won the North Carolina Libertarian Party presidential primary on Super Tuesday, I thought I would give you all an update on Michael Holmes, the African American man who I talked a lot about in my North Carolina campaign. 

Holmes could be the perfect model of the racial bigotry of the drug war, one of the most brutal, corrupt, and failed federal programs in U.S. history. When he was 23 years old, he was busted for selling cocaine. The judge gave him a 200-year jail sentence. Now in his 50s, Holmes is still in jail.

I learned about Holmes when I visited the offices of The Carolinian, a black-owned newspaper in Raleigh. A reporter for the paper, Greg Fray, had written an article about Holmes that was coming out in the newspaper the day after my visit. The purpose of the article was to secure Holme’s release from jail. 

I conducted a video interview of Greg Fray that I posted on my campaign website. I also had campaign fliers printed up called Free Michael Holmes, which some of my campaign supporters and I handed out in a door-knocking campaign in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Then, on Greg’s request, I sent letters to both the governor and the district attorney. They are posted below. Thanks to those of you who also wrote letters to the governor pursuant to my request.

Greg Fray wrote a very positive article about my campaign, which is also posted below. His article was a tremendous article and I have no doubt that it contributed to my primary win on Super Tuesday.

After Super Tuesday, I was organizing a forum in Raleigh to address the drug war and Holmes’s case, which was going to include Greg and me as speakers. But then Greg received word that Holmes now had a legal team assisting him. They asked Greg to refrain from any activities on Holmes behalf because they might interfere with their efforts. So I went ahead and cancelled plans to hold the forum.

Hopefully, Holmes’ legal team will meet with success in securing his release. No one deserves to be punished for a non-violent, consensual transaction, much less having a vicious 200-year jail sentence imposed on him.

On a side note, I’m not sure I ever have posted a photograph of me participating in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, Martin Luther King Day Parade. So, I’m including that as well at the bottom of this post.

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My Letter to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper

January 14, 2020

Dear Governor Cooper:

I am writing to respectfully request that you add an African-American man named Michael Holmes to your list of people you are considering for pardon.

I am a candidate for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination. I am also the founder and president of a non-profit libertarian educational foundation in Virginia named The Future of Freedom Foundation (which is not endorsing my candidacy), where we have published countless articles, books, and videos showing the horrible destructiveness of the war on drugs. I am also a former trial attorney in the state of Texas, where I practiced law for 12 years and witnessed first-hand some extremely long and unjust jail sentences in the 1970s and 1980s meted out to people for non-violent drug offenses.

I learned about Michael Holmes in the course of campaigning in North Carolina as part of the upcoming Libertarian Party presidential primary on March 3. He grew up in a family, including both his parents, that was heavily involved in the drug trade. From the time he was a kid, pushing drugs was what he learned. 

In 1993, when Holmes was 23 years old, he got sentenced to a 200-year jail sentence for a non-violent drug offense involving the distribution of cocaine. He has served about 25 years of that sentence.

I learned about the Michael Holmes case from a reporter named Greg Fray, who writes for The Carolinian, a black-owned newspaper in Raleigh that orients toward African-Americans. Posted below is a copy of the article that Fray wrote about the Holmes case. At the end of Fray’s article, I’ve posted a photo of Michael Holmes. 

In an era in which people who have received extremely harsh jail sentences for non-violent drug offenses are being considered for mercy and clemency, I am writing to respectfully request you to consider placing Michael Holmes on your list of people who are being considered for a pardon. There is no doubt that as a very young man he made a very grave mistake, but I would respectfully submit that the 25 years of his life that he has served in jail is more than adequate punishment for that mistake.

If you would like to learn more about Michael Holmes from Greg Fray, his telephone number is 919-827-3648 and his email address is info@caro.news.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Jacob Hornberger

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My letter to North Carolina District Attorney Billie West

February 21, 2020

Mr. Billy West
Cumberland County District Attorney
117 Dick Street
Fayetteville NC 28301

Re: Michael Holmes

Dear Mr. West:

I am writing to you about a North Carolina African American man named Michael Holmes, who is serving a 200-year jail sentence for a non-violent drug offense he committed back in 1993. He was 23 years old at the time and has now served more than 25 years in jail. I am writing to see if you would consider reviewing this case for the possibility of agreeing to an early compassionate release under Section 15A-1420 (e) of Subchapter XIV, Corrections of Errors and Appeals, of Chapter 15 A of the North Carolina Criminal Procedure Act.

I am the founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation based in Fairfax, Virginia, whose mission is to educate people on the libertarian philosophy. During our 30 years of existence, one of our primary areas of focus has been the war on drugs and the inordinately high jail sentences meted out over the years for non violent drug offenses, especially to people of color.

I am also a candidate for the 2020 presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party, which will be participating in your state’s Super Tuesday primary. During a campaign visit to Raleigh, I stopped by the Carolinian, a newspaper founded in 1940 that orients toward the black community. I spoke with a reporter there named Greg Fray, who told me about Holmes’ case. In fact, Greg had just written a story on Holmes’ case that was about to be published in the Carolinian,  a copy of which is posted at the end of this letter.

Greg’s article explains that Holmes grew up with parents who were drug dealers in Raleigh. Pushing drugs was essentially all that Michael learned growing up. At 23, he got busted for distributing cocaine. The sentencing judge stacked the sentences, which added up to 200 years, essentially a life sentence.

As you no doubt know, judges and prosecuting attorneys all over the country are reevaluating extremely high jail sentence that have been meted out over the years to people who have been convicted of non-violent drug offenses. As you also no doubt know, many of these extremely high jail sentences have been meted out to people of color.

I am writing in the hope that you might take a close look at this case, with the aim of determining whether it falls within the realm of an early release based on compassion. 

Some 40 years ago, I was a civil and criminal trial attorney in Laredo, Texas, which is located on the Mexican border. In the 1970s, when I was practicing law, Laredo was a major hub for the importation of drugs into the United States, principally marijuana and cocaine. Virtually all the drug cases were brought in federal district court. During that time, federal judges were meting out maximum sentences, but they were almost always no more than 15 years. Whenever a person was convicted of multiple offenses, the federal judges would almost always run them concurrently, with the maximum sentence being 15 years. 

I am unfamiliar with North Carolina law but Greg tells me that under Section 15A-1420 (e) of Subchapter XIV, Corrections of Errors and Appeals, of Chapter 15 A of the Criminal Procedure Act, the district attorney has the authority to enter into an agreement with a person who has been convicted of a crime that would enable such person to receive an early release from jail.

There is no question but that Michael Holmes made a grave mistake when he was a young man. He has been punished with 25 years of his life in jail. I hope you will consider him or a compassionate early release agreement under Section 15A-1420 (e).

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact me or Greg Fray. Greg’s contact information is gregfray1@gmail.com; 919-827-3648.

Thank you for your consideration and your attention to my letter.

Sincerely, 

Jacob Hornberger

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The Carolinian, Raleigh, North Carolina
An African-American newspaper founded in 1940
Column by Carolinian reporter Greg Fray
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

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                                   

Donald Trump, Bad Central Planner for the Economy and for the Coronavirus

Donald Trump, Bad Central Planner for the Economy and for the Coronavirus

For three years, President Trump’s shibboleth has been the stock market. Up until recently, his mantra has been: “I am responsible for the rise in the stock market. It’s all because of me. I am a great economic central planner. Reelect me.”

As I pointed out a couple of months ago, however, if the stock market were ever to go down, you could rest assured that the last thing that Trump would do is take responsibility for the drop. At that point, he would be blaming it on everyone and everything else. 

And sure enough, when the stock market recently plummeted, Central Planner Trump wasn’t taking any responsibility for it. At first he said it was all because of a fight over oil prices. And then he blamed it on the Federal Reserve. Then, finally he said that it was all because of the coronavirus. 

But wouldn’t a good central planner take all of those matters into consideration in planning a national economy? And it’s not as though our Central Planner wasn’t warned about the possibility of a pandemic. Epidemiologists have been issuing such warnings for years. Donald Trump, our master Central Planner, simply decided to ignore those warnings as part of his central planning. After all, the stock market was going up. What was there to worry about?

The real point, however, is not whether Trump is a good central planner or a bad one. America shouldn’t have a system of central planning at all, either in economic activity or in healthcare. That’s because central planning is a core feature of socialism, a system that inevitably brings crisis, chaos, and the destruction of life, liberty, and property.

Monetary socialism

At the center of America’s centrally planned economy is, of course, the Federal Reserve, the institution that is responsible for centrally planning America’s monetary affairs. Trump knows this, which is why he has spent the entire three years of his administration pressuring and bullying the Fed into lowering interest rates — in the hopes that another round of money-printing will keep the stock market rising.

Never mind that the Fed is responsible for the destruction of what used to be the finest monetary system in history, one based on gold coins and silver coins. That was the system established by the Constitution and remained the monetary system of the United States for more than 100 years, until the Fed destroyed it with its ever-increasing expansion of money and credit to finance the ever-increasing expenses of the welfare-warfare state that both Democrats and Republicans have foisted upon our land.

Never mind also that the Fed is responsible for the endless cycles of economic booms and busts, bubbles and bursting bubbles, recessions and depressions, including the Great Depression itself. 

Among the best things that could ever happen to the American people is the establishment of a free-market monetary system, which would necessarily mean the end of the Fed and its system of monetary central planning. 

Healthcare socialism

America also once had the finest healthcare system in history — a free-market healthcare system, one in which there was minimal governmental interference. Healthcare costs were so low and stable that hardly anyone had or needed major medical insurance. Doctors and hospitals provided free medical care to the poor, on a purely voluntary basis.

And then came Medicare and Medicaid and healthcare central planning and regulation, all of which succeeded in destroying that finest healthcare system in history. We have ended up with a healthcare system that is characterized by an ongoing, never-ending healthcare crisis, one that involves ever-increasing healthcare costs that are bankrupting the American people and inevitably leading to a totally socialist healthcare system.

What is the response of President Trump to healthcare socialism? His response is the same at that of the Democrats: Preserve Medicare and Medicaid and keep the central planning, government-regulated healthcare system intact and just reform it. In the minds of people like Trump, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders, surely, surely, there is some healthcare reform that will finally fix America’s socialist healthcare system and make it work.

As I have argued for 30 years at The Future of Freedom Foundation (which does not endorse my candidacy for president), there is no reform — I repeat no possible reform — of America’s socialist healthcare system that is going to work. That includes healthcare reforms promoted by libertarians, such as “health savings accounts.” That’s because socialism is an inherently defective paradigm. No one can make it work. No reform can make it work. Anyone who spends his time, energy, and money trying to make it work is wasting his time, energy, and money. He’d be better off just going to the golf course.

We are now witnessing the deadly consequences of America’s sordid socialist healthcare system with the coronavirus. The government is in charge of keeping us “safe” and yet government officials are running around like chickens with their heads cut off and, in the process, destroying whatever is left of liberty in our land. 

Quarantine zones. Travel controls. Lockdowns. Shutdowns. Prohibitions. It all goes to show why the Framers chose not to include an emergency exception in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They knew that “emergencies” are the time-honored way that power-lusting officials destroy people’s liberties, oftentimes with the support of a fear-filled citizenry.

And then, of course, there is all the chaos in the centrally planned and regulated healthcare industry. Insufficient government-provided test kits, prohibitions on testing imposed on healthcare providers, the dissemination of false information, and a scarcity of face masks and hand sanitizers. Ludwig von Mises’s term for the consequences of central planning best describes what is going on: planned chaos. What better term to describe what is happening with the coronavirus?

Healthcare liberty and economic liberty

There is but one solution to America’s perpetual healthcare crisis: a total separation of healthcare and the state. That is, a total free-market healthcare system. No more Medicare and Medicaid. No more healthcare central planning. No more medical licensure. No more healthcare regulations. No more governmental interference. Instead, a healthcare system that is entirely independent of government control, regulation, and planning.

The free market produces the best of everything. Moreover, it is our heritage as Americans, one that distinguishes us from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the rest of the world.

Imagine if America had embraced the libertarian idea of separating healthcare and the state 30 years ago. Today, we would have a vibrant, dynamic healthcare system, with low and stable costs. A diverse range of healthcare entrepreneurs, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers would be mobilizing in a spontaneous manner with testing, guidance, advice, recommendations, and treatment and cures to lead America out of the crisis. When it comes to a healthcare crisis, I’d put my faith in them and healthcare liberty over government officials and state socialism any day of the week.

There is but one solution to America’s economic and healthcare woes. That solution lies not with Donald Trump, Joe Biden, or Bernie Sanders, and other Republican and Democratic devotees of economic and healthcare socialism. 

The solution to America’s economic and healthcare woes lies with freedom and free markets. That’s what we libertarians are all about. That’s what my campaign for president of the United States is all about.