Sunday, July 02, 2006

There seem to be rumors abounding that categorical opposition to the War on Drugs has been deleted from the LP platform. That's a little ridiculous, considering that that has been one of our signature issues. But will it really affect what the party means?

Any libertarian, if presentd the opportunity, would stop the War on Drugs. Any elected Libertarian would vote for bills that diminish it, and vote against those that augment or maintain it. Most would be willing to sponsor bills eliminating it, and most would work to pardon those convicted of drug-war crimes.

Eliminating any specific platform plank won't change the goals of libertarians, nor will it change what we actually do when we get power, which is to shrink that power. It's chilling to know that there are people who believe the election hopes of the Libertarian Party lie in hiding its principles, but we'll survive.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mike Smithson said...

Libertarians are the only party that endorses the position of ending the drug war. Perhaps they should align themselves with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition? "LEAP" (http://www.leap.cc) is an org of cops, judges, prosecutors and others in the criminal justice system who all believe that drug prohibition is a public policy disaster. Why allow Al Capone, Pablo Escobar and Ossama bin Ladin to be in chg of drug manufacture and distribution? And LEAP "sells" to folks--especially libertarians.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Kris Overstreet said...

As I understand it the LP War on Drugs plank was one of only four planks left -untouched.-

2:55 PM  

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