Thursday, June 7, 2018

How Donald Trump Could Really Do a Decent Thing, Put On a A Show, and Drive the Establishment Crazy



By Robert Wenzel

So President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of Alice Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for drug dealing. She was a first time"offender."

Word is that the DOJ, which is investigating Trump and run by the very weird Jeff Sessions, opposed the commutation as did White House counsel Don McGahn. Good for Trump for ignoring their advice.

The commutation is, of course, getting nationwide attention.

It even resulted in
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman retweeting this:
But if Trump really wants to do a decent thing, put on a show, and drive the establishment crazy, he should commute the sentences of all drug dealers, including "violent" drug dealers. I suspect the overwhelming majority of "violent" drug dealers were simply acting in underworld style self-defense because of the dangers of dealing in illegal substances, and they were not messing with the general public.

This would get the attention of the world for a very long time and cause the establishment to blow a major gasket, especially the prison industrial complex and the crony part of Wall Street that does money raises for the "private" prison sector.

At the same time, Trump should legalize all drugs, weed, coke, LSD, whatever the hell is out there. He should end the drug war.

The Johnson commutation was a good thing but there is more commutation work for the president to do and such a blanket commutation would stick a virtual knife into Sessions, the busybody drug enforcer.

Hey, Donald, Maybe it would cause Sessions to have a heart attack--- and that would solve another one of your problems if you get my drift.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of  EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Ban .and most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. The Robert Wenzel podcast is on  iphone and stitcher.

7 comments:

  1. @RW,

    To call this wishful thinking would be putting it mildly.

    I do think you make a great point re: “violent” drug dealers, though.

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  2. Trump could fire Sessions, if he wanted to. That would at least demonstrate that he isn't just virtue signalling when he spouts off about this or that having to do with Granny's obtuse fiddling.

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  3. It's a mystery to me (and many others) why Trump has not given his signature "You're Fired" to the worse-than-useless Jeff Sessions. Is he not authorized or something? Then Sessions could go back to his first love: busting street dealers.

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  4. 'Trump should commute the sentences of violent drug offenders'.

    Wenzel has finally jumped the shark.

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    1. Only if you take the view of the media's misrepresentation of the facts. Plea bargains have resulted in many convictions that couldn't have been gained from a jury. Federal cases resulting in plea bargains are proper targets for examination of cases.

      There is an ongoing series of prosecutorial fraud that has boosted the number of convictions obtained by federal prosecutors to an astounding level. All these prosecutions can't possibly be valid.

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  5. Love this idea Wenzel. Too heady for Trump though, he’s too stupid to understand the economics of the failed war on (some) drugs.

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  6. Some of the dumbest advice I’ve ever heard. By piece meaning these pardons, the individual human element is highlighted.

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