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Cease The War In Afghanistan

By Kenneth Casey | United States

American troops have been fighting a war in Afghanistan for over 17 years, making it the longest war in American history. It all began in 2001, in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

To understand just how long we’ve been fighting the war in Afghanistan, here’s a list of things that have happened each year since the United States’ invasion:

  • 2001: On the day George W. Bush finalizes his plan to invade Afghanistan, Fallin’ by Alicia Keys is atop the Billboard charts.
  • 2002: The first film of the Spider-Man trilogy is released. 
  • 2003: The U.S. launch an invasion in another middle-eastern country, Iraq.
  • 2004: Mark Zuckerberg and friends launch social media platform Facebook.
  • 2005: Hurricane Katrina causes 1,833 fatalities and impairs the city of New Orleans.
  • 2006: Social Networking service Twitter is created by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams.
  • 2007: Apple! announces their plan to create the iPhone.
  • 2008: America elects their first African-American president, Barack Obama.
  • 2009: Cryptocurrency Bitcoin is created by an unknown person under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.
  • 2010: An earthquake in Haiti affects more than 3 million people and results in the death of around 230,000.
  • 2011: The Iraq War concludes, as the final U.S. Troops stationed there are withdrawn.
  • 2012: Hurricane Sandy affects 24 states and causes 233 fatalities overall.
  • 2013: Edward Snowden divulges classified NSA documents to journalists and eventually to the public.
  • 2014: America’s first marijuana store opens in the state of Colorado.
  • 2015: The United States supreme court rules in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • 2016: For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series.
  • 2017: For the first time in 99 years, a solar eclipse was visible to most of America.
  • 2018: Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean leader to step foot onto South Korean soil.

The original intent of invading Afghanistan was to defeat and overthrow the Taliban, which had granted asylum to Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks. Although you may not agree with Bush on invading the country and think he should have just agreed to negotiate with the Taliban for the handing over of Osama Bin Laden instead, the Taliban government was overthrown as leaders of the Afghanistan government in December of 2001. The U.S. had completed their original mission and could have left the war at this point.

But they decided to stay in order to build up a government in Kabul, Afghanistan, which later proved to be one of the classic examples as to why nation-building is an awful idea. Many people of the Pashtun population of Afghanistan objected to the U.S. building up their own government in Kabul, and the U.S. decided to stay even longer to take on the people they considered enemies of this new government they had helped create.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan with the intent of accomplishing one thing which caused another problem, and once that problem was fixed another problem came about, and eventually, we got ourselves in such a big of a quagmire that it was basically impossible that we’d ever been able to come out victorious.

Since the invasion in 2001, it’s been reported that almost 2,200 American soldiers have lost their lives in the war. These fatalities to our troops are unnecessary and could have been avoided if we weren’t engaged in this now useless war with no clear strategy or intent ahead. This is the most important reason why we should bring the troops home and cease war.

The second most important reason is our debt. Currently, we sit in over $21 Trillion dollars of debt. In our time in Afghanistan, we’ve spent almost a trillion dollars, estimates Anthony Cordesman, the chair in strategy at the Center for Strategic And International Studies. The government has wasted a lot of taxpayer money overseas in a war that has killed a lot of civilians for over 17 years now. Policing the world should not be America’s job, and Americans do not want their tax money being spent wastefully overseas when, at the very least, it could be spent towards more productive things back home (although preferably just cut).

As Rand Paul puts it: “We went from striking back against those who attacked us, to regime change, to nation-building, to policing their country for them.” Clearly, we’ve steered away from our original intentions in Afghanistan and we’ve faced the consequences of wasting a ton of U.S. taxpayer money and our soldiers dying because we’ve been stubborn and refused to cease the war.

When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, I was optimistic about his stance on the Afghanistan War. It was often difficult to pinpoint The Donald’s stances on Foreign Policy during the campaign trail, sometimes sounding like a non-interventionist or an isolationist, other times sounding as hawkish as John Bolton. So although his rhetoric on the campaign trail was mixed and confusing, he did claim at one point that getting involved in Afghanistan in the first place was a mistake and one would think to end useless wars and wasted taxpayer money overseas would go along with his so-called “America First” platform that he campaigned on.

Unfortunately, last year he arranged to add around 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan to the already ridiculously high number of troops present in the country. Although for right now it seems his desire to flex the military muscle outweighed his desire to put America first, I hope that by the end of his term he comes to his senses and declares that enough is enough in Afghanistan.


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A New Hope for Congress – Jason Hope for House of Reps

By John Keller | United States
Jason Hope is the libertarian candidate for Congress in Texas’ 31st Congressional District.
Keller: What inspired you to pursue a career in politics?
Hope: I have thought about running for office for many years, I was first inspired by Ron Paul.  Ron Paul showed me that you could be a politician and stand on principles.  When I realized that you could be a principled politician and could actually help people in the quest for freedom I was all in!
Keller: With such a political duopoly by the Democrats and Republicans, what made you join the Libertarian Party?
Hope: I joined the libertarian party because it is the party of principle, they believe in the non-aggression principle which means I can live my life as I please as long as I don’t harm anyone else.  This is a great philosophy, which extends to so much that the government has overreached on.  If it is wrong to take something from someone by force than how do we allow taxation of any form?  The only thing the other two major parties believe is how to attain more power and money.  After considering all of that it was a very easy decision.
Keller: In your own words, what is a Libertarian?
Hope: A libertarian is a voluntarist who believes people should be free to live their lives how they choose to live, as long as they don’t try and impose there way of living on anyone else (that’s the best part I think, we can have gun restrictions that I don’t agree with just do it somewhere else away from me and I probably wont go there and visit but that is freedom).
Keller: What policy and change do you hope to bring to Congress?
Hope: There is several things I want to change with congress.  I would like to drastically reduce spending especially on the military budget.  I would like to reschedule Cannabis so it is no longer considered class 1 felony.  I would heavily push to audit the federal reserve so we can take our currency back and end the income tax.  I would also push to reduce regulation on business and commerce to allow the free market to thrive better so we have a better economy. Lastly I would like to end many government agencies including but not limited to the department of education, EPA, DEA, CIA and I’m sure I could go on for a while with this list.
Keller: Although Libertarians tend to believe less laws and less government is better, what is one law you would like to see passed?
Hope: If I had to come up with a law I would want passed it would have to be that the president or anyone who can be held liable that aided in the attack/waging of war on another country without congressional approval would be arrested and subject to criminal trial.
Keller: If elected to Congress, how will you see legislation passed through the duopoly majority?
Hope: The only way I have ever been able to get anyone to aid in the quest for liberty is stand on my principles and speak out hoping the rest will hear the message and realize what they are doing is wrong and correct the mistake.  I was a die hard republican for many years until I was shown there is a better way of liberty and true individual freedom, so if I can hear that message so will others.
Keller: Donald Trump has been very controversial to say the least. In Congress would you work with President Trump to get his agenda passed?
Hope: That is a broad statement, first we have to figure out what his agenda is.  He campaigned on bringing troops home and ending wars abroad but so far I have heard the drums of war only get louder. He has flip flopped on many things just like so many presidents before him.  I would work with him if it was to reduce government or something of the like, but to say I would help get his agenda passed 100% would be a lie.
Keller: What is the key to winning your election? If someone wanted to get involved, how would they do so?
Hope: Getting the message out to the people of District 31 in Texas that they have a principled candidate with their freedom in mind.  Go to my Facebook page you can message me and we can figure something out to help, also like and share it with others in that district tell them to vote libertarian.  I am self funding this campaign so I don’t really have any money for the campaign but if people want to make a sign or whatever I encourage individuals to speak out in their community on my behalf as long as it aligns with what my message is. 
Keller: Do you have any final remarks for the readers?
Hope: I believe the time has come to take our liberties back, the people are tired of politics as usual and Donald Trump being elected speaks volumes to this. Regardless if he has stuck to his word or not, the message he put out of ending wars and eliminating federal overreach with regulation and reducing welfare etc is why he was elected.  If the people realize there are people running for office who really mean what they say, the Democrats and Republicans will have no chance.   Also my district is a military district which has Fort Hood as part of it, so I have decided that if elected I would give $100,000 of the $174,000 congressional yearly salary to help veterans coming home from these illegal wars with PTSD and also help organize local militia to have local protection against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Thank you Mr. Hope for your time. Be sure to visit his website if interested in getting involved.


 

Donald Trump Pulls a Ron Paul with North Korea

By CJ Westfall | United States

Libertarians and non-interventionists have been pitching this idea for years. The hermit country of North Korea once again like it does every few years is back at the negotiating table talking peace. Should we believe them this time?

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton addressed this concern this Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation”, Bolton said: “Well, we’ve heard this before. This is – the North Korean propaganda playbook is an infinitely rich resource.”

“What we want to see from them is evidence that it’s real and not just rhetoric,” he added.

We’re all waiting on the edge of our seats for that evidence, and if it comes out there’s already talks of President Trump being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That’d be quite the award for a man who threatened “fire and fury” on the country just a few months ago. He wouldn’t be awarded for that rhetoric of course, he’d be awarded for pulling the roughly 28,500 troops from the region in exchange for North Korea abandoning it’s nuclear program.

The crazy part about this is that Libertarians have been talking about this forever. Ron Paul has been advocating for years that we pull our bases from that region altogether. How crazy is it that President Trump is now the subject of conversation relating to the Nobel Peace Prize because he’s considering a non-interventionist policy.

Some might oppose demilitarizing calling the method an isolationist approach. War hawks and Neo Cons on the left and right will try to keep President Trump from his win and will argue the Kim regime is still dangerous despite any evidence of denuclearization Kim Jong Un might offer. It always seems like there’s someone arguing for more intervention. Military provocation is undoubtedly counter-productive to peace. Some say that’s “isolationist.”

The problem with that is North Korea has already been isolated for years. It is isolationist to impose sanctions, to prohibit Americans from doing business, to impede or forbid travel by US citizens to countries with which the US government disagrees. North Korea is isolated in part because our government has isolated it. North Korea threatens to attack South Korea and the United States partly because South Korea and the United States continue to mount very provocative military exercises on North Korea’s border.

If President Trump wants to rack up the awards throughout his presidency, it sure seems like he should start listening to the Pauls.


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#FinallyFreeAmerica – Interview with Adam Kokesh

By John Keller | United States

Adam Kokesh is a libertarian political activist, known for his show Adam vs. The Man. He announced his desire to run for President of the United States in 2020 on July 18th, 2013 and officially filed the paperwork on January 16th, 2018. Adam Kokesh is working to #FinallyFreeAmerica.

Keller: You are a veteran of the war in Iraq and a former marine. What was the moment that you decided you were changing from a marine into a political activist?

Kokesh: Some things are just decided for you! When I got out of the Marines, I moved to DC to study at GWU. While I was there, I came across the website for Iraq Veterans Against the War and I realized that I had to have my name on that list and joined right away. I really fell over backwards into full-time activism because I of the welcoming nature of the organization and the movement behind it. When I realized that the story of my experience in Iraq could be used to save lives, I had no choice.

Keller: You wrote a book titled ‘FREEDOM!’. To you what is the message of freedom all about? Why is Libertarianism better than conservatism or liberalism?

Kokesh: Freedom is what you have when no one is forcing their will on you. That is to say that freedom is a state of harmonious coexistence. Freedom is peace. Freedom is love and respect and appreciation for people. A Libertarian is someone who opposes the initiation of force. Why would you settle for anything less? Conservativism and liberalism are just different flavors of statism. Statism is the incorrect belief that it is ok, positive, or ethical for people to force themselves on others. It’s really that simple!

Keller: Trump has taken credit for the booming ‘success’ of the stock market. Is he right to take this credit?

Kokesh: That’s hard to call and I don’t really care. The stock market is a highly manipulated racket. I’m sure some things he does manipulates it up, some things down. Either way, buy Bitcoin. Invest in innovation. Buy real property that can’t be manipulated by government like the stock market.

Keller: There has been a growing movement, often credited in its growing traction to Ron Paul, to ‘End the Fed’. What does this slogan mean to you?

Kokesh: Ron Paul definitely deserves credit for bringing the crimes of the Federal Reserve System to the attention of the American people and his supporters deserve credit for sloganizing his message into, “End the Fed” at his rallies that I attended going back to his 2008 campaign. The slogan has come to mean something much bigger now. To me, it means end the federal government entirely!

Keller: The #LetRonSpeak Scandal quickly went viral. What was your stance on this issue?

Kokesh: The people with the Libertarian Party who decided to decline to give Dr Paul an opportunity to speak at the 2018 convention, National Chair Nick Sarwark and Convention Chair Daniel Hayes, definitely do not represent the base of the party and I hope they are never in positions to make such an embarrassing mistake ever again.

Keller: Arvin Vohra has been stirring up quite a storm online with comments about rape and school shootings and many speculate his actions are harming the Libertarian Party. Where do you stand on this controversy? Should Vice Chairman Vohra step down?

Kokesh: It’s not so much the controversy about “inflammatory” that concerns me so much as his statements advocating for violations of the nonaggression principle. Those clearly go against what the party stands for. He should and will be replaced at the upcoming national convention.

Keller: Recently you were arrested in Texas, mere hours after official filing candidacy for President of the United States. What was this experience like? What charges did the police have against you?

Kokesh: I’ve been arrested over three dozen times relating to my activism, mostly in civil disobedience. This one was unplanned. I can’t say it was scary, but it was disturbing because, as you can see from the video, the officer who pulled me over was determined to arrest me even though I had not committed a crime. He broke multiple laws and violated police procedure in order to come up with an excuse to arrest me after unlawfully ordering me to stop recording. When he entered my vehicle, the first thing he did was turn off the other camera I had rolling. I was jailed for ten days and have still yet to be presented with any official papers regarding my charges or the police report despite my repeated requests. Welcome to the United Police States of America! Fortunately, with self-driving vehicles on the horizon, most of the excuses that police use to harass people will go away.

Keller: Your campaign is on the philosophy of voluntaryism, with a peaceful and prosperous people without the threat of government. When this idea is depicted it is often, almost exclusively, depicted as chaotic anarchism. What makes your vision different from the media portrayed voluntaryism?

Kokesh: I have no idea what you are talking about. I have NEVER heard anyone say that a voluntary society would be chaotic. It is contrary to the very definition. A voluntary society is one in which all human interactions are free of force, fraud, and coercion. As for my campaign, it is based on the practical policy of localization, the idea that political power should be localized as opposed to centralized. Voluntaryism is the philosophy that leads me to that practical policy.

Keller: Within the Libertarian Party there is a philosophical divide between minarchists and voluntaryists. As a voluntaryist, what do you have to say to the question of minarchism? In essence, how is anarchy preferable to minarchism?

Kokesh: There is no such divide. When you join the party, you take a pledge that says, “” That is voluntaryism in pledge form. The people who take that pledge and mean it sometimes identify as minarchists, but they always want whatever the government does to be voluntary. So I’m a minarchist myself in that sense because I’m a voluntaryist. You can have as much government as you want, as long as it’s voluntary! The divide in the party is between people who believe in the Party’s Statement of Principles and take their pledge seriously, and infiltrators like Bob Barr, Gary Johnson, and Bill Weld, who pretend to not understand the pledge they took in order to misrepresent the party. Sadly, many Libertarians are fooled into supporting them, with the obvious disastrous results and negative consequences we saw in the last three election cycles, but the effectiveness of their infiltration would not have been possible without the support of hundreds who infiltrated the delegations of the last three nominating conventions. A big part of my campaign is to encourage people who believe in the principles of the party to be delegates so that isn’t possible again. Frankly, it’s embarrassing that they were able to take so many vacant delegate slots. If I have anything to say about it, they will all be filled with real Libertarians, not infiltrators. So far, our success this year is undeniable. We are halfway through state convention season, and only about a dozen (out of over 1,000) delegate slots are empty.

Keller: You campaign on the peaceful dissolution of the national government. What will that look like in office, how will you accomplish such a goal? What role will Congress play?

Kokesh: On day one, I will sign my one and only executive order declaring the federal government bankrupt and of no authority. I will resign to become “Custodian of the Federal Government” to oversee the process as a bankruptcy agent. The executive order will be as detailed as possible in laying that process out in a clear, legally binding way. Congress will have no authority, but may have some minor role to play in the apportionment of certain agencies and resources. Every federal agency will be either liquidated, localized to the state level, or spun off as a private institution.

Keller: You campaign on dissolving the national government, but often states can be more tyrannical than the national government. As president, what actions would you take against such injustices, if any?

Kokesh: I would have no such authority and will make no promises that I cannot keep. However, the premise of your question needs to be put into perspective. Yes, States can occasionally be more tyrannical than the federal government, but if you added up all the injustices committed by state governments and compared them to the injustices of the federal government, it would be like comparing a schoolyard bully to the mafia! And to be fair, you would first have to subtract all the State injustices made possible by the federal government. More importantly, when people see the benefits of localization, (which they will immediately, because on day one, federal laws will not be enforced) there will be a race among the States to dissolve down to the County level. Then a global race to localize. Eventually, government will be so local that it will be … voluntary.

Keller: Recently, you announced and have been working to implement “Operation Big Easy Book Bomb”. What is this operation and why was it enacted?

Kokesh: We are putting a copy of my book, FREEDOM! in every residential mailbox in New Orleans. 205,000 copies. We want to deliver the message of FREEDOM! directly to the people. Once we show that it can be done there, we will do it in every city in America.

Keller: As of late, the Democratic Party faces a small identity crisis and the Republican Party is losing faith in Donald Trump. What makes you the best candidate for 2020 and what should attract disillusioned voters?

Kokesh: I’m not the best candidate for President. In fact, asking who is the best candidate for President is like asking who would you most want to kick your ass? If your answer is, “NOBODY!” vote for me, because I will resign. I don’t need to attract disillusioned voters. The government is doing a fine job driving them away. We just have to show them that there is an alternative to government: freedom.

Keller: If people are interested in getting involved with joining your campaign, what steps can they take to do so?

Kokesh: Check out KokeshForPresident.com, click on volunteer, and fill out the form. But more importantly, don’t wait for direction and don’t ask permission to spread the message of freedom! Have fun waking people up and do something that you enjoy. Talk to your friends and family about why you care about freedom.

Keller: Do you have an final remarks to the readers, to supporters, and potential voters?

Kokesh: I’m the last President you’ll never need and I approve this message.

I would like to thank Adam Kokesh for his time. Be sure to visit KokeshForPresident.com and be sure to read his book “FREEDOM!”, which you can find here and follow his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all updates.

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Life, Liberty, Property – Mike Kolls for Congress

By John Keller | United States

Mike Kolls is a Libertarian Candidate for Congress. He started his political activism as a supporter of Ronald Reagan and found himself a supported of Ross Perot in 1992. In his own words, “Ross Perot, finally! … some different ideas”. In 2012 Kolls discovered the Libertarian Party and has been an active member since and is currently running to be the next Congressman for the 24th Congressional District in Texas. 71 Republic’s John Keller spoke with Mr. Kolls about his ideas and the campaign:

Keller: In your own words, what is Libertarianism?

Kolls: Libertarianism is both a philosophy and a political movement. Our positions are driven by our Non-Aggression principle. Each person is Free to act (for his own best interest) up until the time he injures another person. “Injury” includes physical injury, property damage, theft, deception, and fraud. Gov’t is the most egregious agent of aggression/force. Gov’t should be kept to an absolute minimum.

Keller: The dominating political thought, or rather the frozen political thought, in America is between conservatism and liberalism. What attracted you to Libertarianism and what should attract voters to the Libertarian Party?

Kolls: Both D’s and R’s use force in an effort to institutionalize their ideas/ideology – forced charity and a military-industrial complex, respectively. Both dominant parties want my money without my consent. The TEA Party yearning for smaller gov’t woke me up. Libertarians truly believe in The People and NOT in gov’t institutions. With smaller gov’t, We The People have more choices and Freedom.

Keller: What encouraged you to seek election to Congress?

Kolls: I read the Constitution of the United States. Our “leaders” are acting far outside its provisions. I want to protect and defend our Constitution, to govern properly.

Keller: If elected to Congress, what will you bring to the national political dialogue?

Kolls: A voice for smaller gov’t and a return to constitutional principles. When in doubt, align with The People.

Keller: Important to voters is knowing what their choices are when they go to the ballet box. What three policies define your campaign?

Kolls: 1) a constant discussion of individual Liberty!, 2) conducting politics and governance better than usual, and 3) the reduction of the size, scope, and reach of the federal gov’t.

Keller: The Trump Administration has been highly controversial among all parties. If elected to Congress, how do you plan to work with other members, as well as President Trump, to see libertarian legislation passed?

Kolls: Most Libertarian legislation would be to repeal/vacate current statutes that take choices away from The People. I will always speak the truth of Freedom. Every issue/debate must serve The People. No elected “leader” can deny this, their true charge. The conversation must be long enough to reach its rational conclusion – a zealous defense of Life, Liberty, and Property.

Keller: The Drug War is becoming a hot button issue with the recent clamp down by the Trump Administration on marijuana. Do you plan on standing up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and members of Congress to end this war on the people?

Kolls: I must defend an individual’s choice, their Liberty! I favor decriminalization (the exit of gov’t, like Amendment XXI) as opposed to legalization, where gov’t would regulate use.

Any impairment (a willful choice) should be treated in the context of injury caused or property damaged. Penalties may be harsher due to the choice to be impaired. IMHO, most will use cannabis in the safety of their own household; NO menace to society.

Keller: What is key to winning come election day? If someone was interested, how can they get involved with your campaign?

Kolls: Libertarian ideas are better than those of D’s and R’s. Liberty! is irresistible.
Within my congressional district some local TV time would assist in sharing our philosophy. I think the general public just needs to hear our ideas. Libertarian ideas transcend Ds and Rs insistence on larger gov’t that, with each edict, takes away decisions from The People.

If you are a Libertarian thinker, be bold and tell friends and family our truth. We must win on our terms and NOT engage in the shameful politics that are all too prevalent.

Keller: Do you have any final remarks for the readers?

Kolls: The brilliance of Libertarian thinking is featured on my campaign website – http://tx24.us. With a constant focus on maintaining individual Liberty!, I will look to solve the issues facing our great nation. I want more decisions made at kitchen tables than in distant chambers. It is all about Liberty!

I would like to thank Mike Kolls for his time and encourage all of those interested to visit his website.