To the Editor:
Before these new crises began stacking up in 2020, we already had our fair share of politically driven problems, such as an exploding national debt, endless war overseas, the continued warrantless spying on American citizens, the most imprisoned country in the world, and other injustices.
Now, toss in a pandemic and the abhorrent killing of a handcuffed George Floyd and the picture hasn’t been any clearer – now more than ever we need more Libertarians in Congress.
This April, for the first time in our country’s 200-plus year history, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash became the first Libertarian in Congress. In the wake of the George Floyd killing, Amash introduced the End Qualified Immunity Act, which now has tripartisan support including several House Democrats and one Republican cosponsor.
Qualified immunity is one of several root causes of injustice in America today as it essentially eliminates the liability of police who violate federal law or civil liberties, and ending it is a logical first step toward justice and liberty.
Other root causes of racial injustice that have damaged liberty for all include: overcriminalization, the war on drugs, no-knock raids, civil asset forfeiture, militarized police, warrantless spying, and minimum sentencing – and all of these are a result of government being way too big.
But government didn’t become too big overnight, it happened over the course of many years as both Democrats and Republicans steered away from the Constitution in favor of more central planning, more special interests, and more promises they couldn’t keep, promises they generally aren’t authorized to make either.
With more Libertarians in Congress we can finally address systemic problems rather than just the symptoms.
We can find more voluntary and community-based solutions on an individualized basis, rather than one-size-fits-all out of Washington. We can work towards peace, liberty, accountability, self-ownership, and sound economics.