By Liberty Report Staff
Yesterday, President Trump held a telephone conversation with the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte’s government has been gunning down drug suspects in the streets, by the thousands.
No arrests. No trials.
While affairs in the Philippines are not the business of the U.S. federal government, it is nevertheless very degrading to us Americans to find out that our President actually heaps praise on such ruthless brutality.
According to a transcript of the call, Trump said that Duterte was doing:
“unbelievable job on the drug problem.”
Duterte’s policy, according to his own words, is as follows:
"More people will be killed, plenty will be killed until the last pusher is out of the streets. Until the (last) drug manufacturer is killed, we will continue and I will continue,"
Oh, and this one:
"Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there's three million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them"
Actually, Hitler massacred six million Jews. But let’s not give Duterte any more ideas.
The war on drugs is a violent and direct assault on freedom and individual liberty.
Trump should heed the words of Ron Paul instead:
The use of government force to stop adults from putting certain substances into their bodies - whether marijuana, saturated fats, or raw milk - violates the nonaggression principle that is the bedrock of a free society. Therefore, all those who care about protecting individual liberty and limiting government power should support ending the drug war. Those with moral objections to drug use should realize that education and persuasion, carried out through voluntary institutions like churches and schools, is a more moral and effective way to discourage drug use than relying on government force.