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Thursday, July 20, 2006

YOU Can Stop The War On Drugs

Well, not all in one fell swoop. But you can take that crucial first step.

There’s a chance that the position of Drug Czar could be phased out in five years. But you have to make it happen.

This past March, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced an amendment to the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act. Under this amendment, the Drug Czar position would expire in five years. The amendment was defeated, but support was bipartisan. Out of the 85 votes for the amendment, 47 were from Republicans.

This amendment can still be added — if you act.

Citizens Against Government Waste has called the War on Drugs “a federal wasteland that throws taxpayer money toward numerous high-priced drug control programs that have failed to show results.”

Actually, there have been some results. Millions of non-violent American citizens have been jailed for “crimes” that affected nobody but themselves. We’ve drained trillions of dollars from our treasury. And a lot of our foreign meddling all over Asia and Latin America is the result of our War on Some Drugs.

Please click here to tell your Congressman and Senators how you feel about the War on Drugs. Ask them to include a sunset provision in the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act, so that it will expire in five years.

We’ve spent trillions of dollars and ruined millions of lives. Had enough?


Blogger dusty said...

I of course have had enough..thanks for posting these links :)

July 20, 2006 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

I've had enough since day one. Hell, I had to go to high school during the Reagan years. Sheer torture.

July 20, 2006 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dusty: I'm glad we've all had enough.

Praguetwin: High school during the Reagan years -- I'm sure that was fun. Things had lightened up pretty much when I was in high school, but I'm sure by the '80s everything had swung way to the right again.

July 20, 2006 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Why not let our government grow marijuana and sell it in state or federal stores, like liquor is sold in Oregon? Just think of all the money it would make for the government: revenues from the sales, along with all the money saved from dropping the "drug war" re. marijuana and the money saved from having fewer people in jail for pot use. It could also mean lots less money for druglords in other countries, fewer people selling pot on our streets, and maybe a return to sanity re. an interest in using hemp, one of the world's most useful plants, for paper that doesn't yellow, clothing that wears well, and all its other uses!

I'm not sure what to do about other drugs like coke/heroin/meth besides trying to keep them from users, but I think it's time our system stopped making it o.k. to jail someone for smoking a joint. People drink themselves to death from time to time, but I'm not sure that marijuana O.D.'s happen at all.

Drug Czar? I always thought it was a pretty silly idea to begin with. I will write my representatives and Senators and give them my opinion.

We Americans sure live in a "war" society... the war on drugs... the war on terror... the war on poverty... the war in Iraq... the war in Afghanistan... the Cold War... Civil War... Indian wars... range wars... the "cultural war"... the "war on Christmas"...the "war on porn"... the "war on science"... arrrrrgh.

July 20, 2006 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: These proposals of yours make too much sense. What’re you, some sort of communist :)

Actually, I think all drugs should be dealt with like liquor. It’s “controlled” (as in “controlled substances”) and yet the government makes a killing off of it. I don’t know if Oregon is similar to Washington, but here there’s ONE liquor store per town. (I’m sure there are more than one in larger cities.) And yet almost every restaurant has a full liquor license. The opposite of California, where a liquor license is something to kill for, but every supermarket has a full booze selection. But I digress…

You’re right, we could literally balance the budget overnight by legalizing or decriminalizing drugs and taxing them. I don’t know if a majority of people are in favor of this or not, but it cuts across all political lines. Prohibition was such a colossal failure, I don’t know who reasoned that if you fail at something, do the same thing times a hundred and it’ll work. Like they say about neurotic people doing the same thing over and over…

Supposedly the timber and paper industries played a role in drumming up hysteria about marijuana in the 1930s because they didn’t want hemp competing with their own products. I wouldn’t doubt it.

July 20, 2006 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger James said...

Im not necassarily in favor of appeasing the beast by offering it something new to tax and spend on but the failed drug war must stop.

It is a sham and it should be stopped on principle not on failure or technicality. It is simply wrong for the government to interfere (and corporations with their drug testing) in the private lives of people, period.

Can you believe the dimwits actually came up with Just Say No. How naive can the burgouise be? Its the modern day "Let them eat cake".

The government should get out of the drug regulation business completely. all they have done is complicate over regulate and price escelate.

July 25, 2006 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

James: Yup, the war on drugs is totally wrong. I'm not a Libertarian but more and more it just seems the government fucks up everything it touches.

I've been getting involved in local political issues lately (I never intended to). This city government is so convoluted and corrupt, it's just mindboggling. If they all just curled up and died, this town would be a much better place.

July 25, 2006 at 11:05 AM  

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