What has happened to libertarians?
Many prominent libertarians, including Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI), Judge Andrew Napolitano, and the Koch-funded globalists at Reason Magazine, have emerged as some of the the loudest cheerleaders for the deep state impeachment coup against President Donald Trump.
“I think that the argument that asking for a favor in return for doing a legal obligation—releasing the [security] funds—is pretty clearly a violation of criminal bribery laws,” Napolitano said to Fox News host Neil Cavuto regarding the impeachment proceedings.
“Republicans may not want to acknowledge that, which is why they’d rather undermine the witnesses than address the merits,” he added.
Meanwhile, Amash is pushing for the impeachment witch hunt to be expanded, with individuals close to President Trump forced to participate in the charade.
“This is simple. Keep it simple,” Amash wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. “The White House released security assistance to Ukraine only after Congress started asking questions. Why? Considering that Bolton, Giuliani, Mulvaney, and others may have pertinent first-hand testimony, why won’t President Trump let them testify?”
A Reason article from earlier this week argued that Trump has no Constitutional rights when it comes to opposing the impeachment witch hunt crafted by the Democrats and deep state to undermine the legitimacy of his presidency.
“The notion that the House’s impeachment inquiry is, constitutionally-speaking, an “adversary judicial criminal proceeding” to which the 6th Amendment applies is, frankly, laughable and nothing short of ridiculous,” David Post wrote in Reason.
“… while life is too short to try to correct all the nonsensical notions that law professors come up with, this is not just ordinary constitutional nonsense, it is particularly pernicious constitutional nonsense,” Post wrote of the notion that the President should have Bill of Rights protections.
While these libertarians refuse to push back against providing foreign military aid with no strings attached, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – son of the iconic libertarian hero Ron Paul – does have the courage to make that point.
“I’ve heard the president both in private and repeatedly in public call for European countries to pay their fair share for NATO and for the defense of Ukraine. Having the U.S. pay less and our allies pay more has been a consistent theme of the president’s since he ran for office, and it should surprise no one that he hit on the need for Europe to play a larger role once again in the transcript [with the Ukrainian President],” Paul wrote in an op/ed for Breitbart News in September.
“For one, is there really something wrong with making aid contingent on behavior? Shouldn’t it be made clear to the new Ukrainian president that our aid is contingent on them not being corrupt?” Paul asked.
“The hatred for the Trump presidency runs deep on the left, and hate is consuming. It’s consuming Congress’ energy and time and the American people’s patience, for starters, and it’s time for the games to stop,” Paul concluded.
While many libertarians have lost their way in recent years, Paul remains steadfastly focused on fighting the deep state and stopping federal welfare payments to foreign governments.