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.BREAKING- When asked what it means to her being released by President @realDonaldTrump, Alicia Johnson said, “It means that someone finally saw me, someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me – and that was President Trump & so I’m so thankful for him and what he’s done.”— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) June 7, 2018
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.