Sunday, June 27, 2010

Is It Worth Fighting?

I was skimming various blogs this evening and came across this one on Classically Liberal that I found very interesting:


I don't really read his blog that often but sometimes the author posts something of interest like this article about John Stossel asking Paul Chabot, a candidate for California State Assembly, about the constitutionality of the drug war.

Mr. Chabot of course fails to respond.

Here is a quote from the blog I wanted to share with you:

"....to make alcohol illegal the government needed a Constitutional amendment. Prohibition was passed, failed and repealed................where [does] the government get its power to wage a war on drugs..."
On a related topic, current drug "czar" and former Seattle Police chief, Gil Kerlikowske, did a radio interview in which he stated:
"legalization is off the charts when it comes to discussion, from my viewpoint...legalization vocabulary doesn't exist for me and it was made clear that it doesn't exist in President Obama's vocabulary....[marijuana is] a dangerous drug.....we will wait for evidence on whether smoked marijuana has any medicinal benefits - those aren't in."

He has also stated that the administration would not longer use the term War on Drugs because it is counter-productive. Which sounds promising. However, he stated it was counter productive because it denotes favoritism of treatment over incarceration.

Layman's terms? The Obama administration prefers drug users be jailed instead of treated.

Yeah, that's going to fix the problem. Just like the 18th Amendment fixed the liquor problem.

Just goes to show you that no matter what people say about studying history, those in charge do NOT learn from it.


4 comments:

  1. you are invited to follw my blog

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  2. The “War on Drugs” is not worth fighting at all. Drugs should be at the very least decriminalized. We waste millions each year on this prohibition and with legalization all the crime involved with drugs would disappear. Also they could be produced safely by companies like Philip Morris and taxed like crazy (and the price would still go down). But more importantly we could actually concentrate on drugs as a medical problem instead of a criminal one.

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  3. I agree.

    Just based on fiscal concerns, the war on drugs is worthless.

    This year alone, over $25 billion has been spent already on the War on Drugs.

    And what has it accomplished? It has accomplished putting more people in prison which costs us more money because now we have to built more prisons and hire more prison guards and feed the prisoners and make sure they have adequate cable tv, etc...

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  4. Pot is not the same as meth, yet both share the politically radioactive term of illegal drugs.

    Maybe a three tiered system of classification. Legalize pot, 30 days in the chair for black-tar heroin. Or something.

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