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It’s Time To Surrender In The Fight Against Drugs

 

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Bookmark and Share     Efforts to combat the recreational use of narcotics have failed to get rid of them.

It is said that from the United Nation’s 10-year commitment to eradicate all narcotics by using law enforcement to target traffickers and producers to end drug use worldwide, to the United States’ efforts to do the same, any and all attempts have failed to put any drugs dealers out of business and failed to keep any drugs out of anyone’s hands.

With such an assessment one can only conclude that we must reverse course.

Despite efforts to teach generations that drugs are wrong we must embrace the use of narcotics that have dangerous personal and societal effects.

Our nation and world has invested too much time and money in a cause that instead of spending money on, we could actually be profiting from.

If our nation is willing to step up and shift gears, we could create a whole new private sector and expand government.

By increasing the size of the Food and Drug Administration, we can hire more bureaucrats to insure that newly legalized forms of crack cocaine and other narcotics are pure and safe and pack enough punch.

Then, as we do with liquor licenses, for a large fee, we can issue drug dealers, narcotic licenses. This is a must.

Like any good dealer, the federal government must get a cut. But being the bureaucratic boondoggle that government is, we will insure that we don’t just get a cut from dealers, we will also get a cut from users. A federal, per ounce, tax that far exceeds the federal tax on cigarettes shall be instituted. This excessive fee, or sin tax, will be designed to discourage using these once illegal drugs but it will not simply boost levels of federal income. The money raised through this narcotics sin tax will be needed to support the rehabilitation of those, who through the use of drugs, have become dangerous and useless to society.

The increased volume of drug use will create a need to address the growing problem of opioid related addictions. As such, the federal government is going to fund the Addiction Solution Service program.

A.S.S. will finance the creation of methadone clinics in every county of the United States. We will also finance the staffs and inventory that these facilities will require in order to operate effectively and efficiently.

Many communities do not like the idea of having methadone clinics in their midst because of the type of drug addicted element they attract. But sentiments that would deny a person access to detoxification and the chance to break their drug addiction will not be tolerated. If any community seeks to prevent an A.S.S. clinic, in their area, to serve the addicts in their county, then the federal government will use eminent domain policies to insure that such facilities are established.

The United States’ reversal on its drug policies, and our preparations to deal with the resulting influx of addiction, signifies a new era in American politics.

No longer will we distinguish right from wrong. Who are we, to make such determinations?

No longer will we waste time on uphill battles. Who are we, to put our energies into a cause for the well being of society?

We, as a nation, have finally come to understand the value of narcotics and with the failure of prohibition in our nation‘s past, we can understand that the same applies to drugs.

Liquor can be detrimental if consumed in excess, yet today, it is legal

So even though ANY level of consumption of narcotics can be detrimental, it too must be made legal. The fact that liquor, when drunk responsibility and in moderation has never been a problem, needs to be applied in regards to amphetamines, barbiturates, and drugs like crack and heroin.

If one can drink a mug of beer in a bar, why should they be denied the right to snort a line of coke or shoot up a shot of heroin in moderation in a bar?

So today a new dawn brightens America. Today the fog of our drug intolerance is lifted so that we can usher in the haze of a good doobie and stop distinguishing dangerous narcotics for recreational use from useful medicines for medical use. What were once underground, under-the counter drugs will now be on par with over the counter drugs. Today we make all drugs legal regardless of their potency, addictive qualities or dangerous side effects.

This move will not just make narcotics accessible to the masses, it will revolutionize the medical and pharmaceutical industries. With the legalization of drugs, no longer will doctor prescriptions be needed. So in addition to being a budget booster, drug legalization is a sound green policy that will spare countless trees which were previously chopped down to make the paper that such prescriptions were written on.

Yes, legalizing drugs will solve many problems.

It benefit’s the environment, it insures that drug dealers and cartels will regulate themselves and run their heretofore underground businesses in the open as they allow their product to be scrutinized and tested by the FDA. Their dealers will be licensed after taking mandatory government sponsored drug distribution courses. These licensing classes will insure that dealers provide respectful customer service and the proper instructions pertaining to how one uses the drug they purchase and how they store it.

Legalizing drugs will put an end to drug violence and smuggling. Cartels will willingly become corporations that pay their fair share of fees and corporate taxes, invest in 401k’s, and follow OSHA regulations for the safety of their employees.

But most of all, the legalization of narcotics will benefit society.

If things are not going your way, you will now be able to experience the joy and comfort of drugs.

Having a tough time making your car payment or those SAT exams have you stressed out? Smoke some crack.

Kids out of control and running you ragged? Sniff a line.

Stuck in traffic on your way home from work again? Shoot up.

From this point on, Americans of every walk of life will have the freedom to get away from it all.

We should have only done it sooner but a lesson learned later is better than a lesson never learned. That is why we are taking this revelation and applying it in other areas of government.

Combating terrorism is as expensive or even more expensive and difficult than combating illegal drugs. So here too we will not wage another uphill battle. America will embrace terrorists and we will cut our defense budget, stop detaining enemy combatants and simply increase our emergency services capabilities throughout the nation. This will allow us to cope with the ensuing results of an increased number of devastating terrorist acts.

Our willingness to reverse course on drugs has opened up a whole new approach for our government. This direction will forever more be known as the If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em Doctrine.

It is a doctrine that is economically encouraging and if applied correctly, it can revitalize America’s role in the world and the way the world view us. Instead of seeing us as belligerent defenders of freedom, they will come to realize that Americans are an easy going people who are willing to bend their policies and even their laws in order to suit’s the desires of everyone.

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THE ALARM BELLS ARE RINGING YET IMMIGRATION REFORM IS STILL ON THE BACK BURNER

Digg!Last year, In Iraq,  5,908 civilians and Iraqi soldiers and police were killed between January 1, 2008 and December 29, 2008.

Members of the police carry a coffin of one of their own. Seven police employees were killed in the same incident that took this fallen officers life

Members of the police carry a coffin of one of their own. Seven police employees were killed in the same incident that took this fallen officers life

In Mexico, 5,376 Mexican federal agents, police and civilians who were killed  by drug traders during the same time period.

So it can be safely said that nearly as many Mexicans died as a result of drug terrorists as did Iraqi’s from the terrorism in their war torn nation.

All of us are aware of the threats posed by terrorism. 9/11 brought that fact home and since the events of September 11, 2001, America has been on guard and on the offense in that War On Terror. Since that dreadful day and our somewhat official declaration of War on Terror, not a single attack has again taken place on American soil.

That is quite a contrast from the record that we accumulated in the decades since we declared the War On Drugs.

The term “war on drugs’ was first used by President Richard Nixon in 1971. At the time it was a play on the well known “War On Poverty” penned by the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the mid 60’s. The technical aspects of the War On Drugs have varied over time but it’s basic strategy has remained the same……. employ the cooperation of other nations to eliminate the illegal drug trade and eliminate the selling and use of illegal drugs through an aggressive zero tolerance, law enforcement agenda and a persistent and wide spread anti-drug education program and campaign.

To some degree, it has helped but the amount of time and money spent on the effort has produced results that are less than stellar. The rate of success in the War On Drugs certainly would not be considered acceptable in the War On Terror and yet as far apart as the results of the two are from each other, they are about to become one in the same.

Iraq is 6,005 miles away from the shores of the Unites States off of New York. That is a long distance yet we know that distance, although it may not make things easier, it still does not prevent terrorist attacks from taking place here. Mexico isn’t even inches away though. So terrorism through Mexico is even easier. They are connected to us, and not just physically. They are connected to us by direct and immediate contact through trade health, agriculture and citizens, legal and illegal. But perhaps the greatest connection between the United States and Mexico is drugs.

It is a deadly connection. One that dulls the minds of millions, endangers the lives of hundreds of thousands and kills tens of thousands each year.

A soldier stands guard in front of the Camino Real Hotel in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

A soldier stands guard in front of the Camino Real Hotel in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Drugs are probably the most prolific and profitable commodity exchanged across the U.S.-Mexican border, yet, despite the negative effects, it’s illegality and the “war” on them, drugs flow form South to North with the ease of the Shenandoah River in the Virginias.

The incredibly violent rate of drug deaths in Mexico during 2008 is a loud warning bell. It rings with more dire warning than the bellowing horns of the Titanic as it went down after the iceberg tore a lethal hole into it’s hull.

The incredible number of deaths occurred as a result of the increased boldness of drug cartels and gangs. They have taken a stand and made it clear that they are defiant and will not allow any government to infringe on their livelihoods.

In 2008, an increasing amount of drug lords have made incursions in the United States. One of the most recent well publicized events brought about an Amber Alert after the grandson of a man with shady loan debts to drug dealers kidnapped his grandson. The boy turned up in Las Vegas, but the drug dealer’s message was clear.

However, I must ask, what will it take for the drug issue to be truly taken seriously in the United States? Would  it have made a difference if that little California boy was found with his throat slashed? How many more incidents will it take before we realize that terrorism is about to get a partner. A partner that, like Palestinians in Gaza firing missiles into Israel, will be lobbing more violence into America.

America must wake up.

While there are those so far on the left and so far to the right that they meet together in the ideological circle and both try to legalize illegal drug use, an explosion of death and violence that we have not seen before is about to unleash itself.

I am well aware that drug violence is nothing new, but the extent to which it is escalating is new and yet we sit idly by as though things are not different. We almost accept it as commonplace.

Do you know how ingrained the dug culture has become in our southern neighbor?

Ever hear narcocorrido?

antnarcoscorridosNarcocorrido is a form of music based on a type of Mexican folk music called corrido. It sounds like a Latin polka and goes way back in time. It was used to celebrate revolutionary figures and heroes like Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. The new version is called narcocorrido and it sings the praises of drug traffickers and drug related bandits. One older narcocorrido sings about Camelia the Texan, and her boyfriend who go to Los Angeles with a load of marijuana in their car’s tires. They sell it and Camelia’s boyfriend dumps her, saying, “Here’s your half, now I’m going up to San Francisco to my true love.” The song goes on to sing about how Camelia pulls out a gun and pumps him full of lead.

It concludes with the line……… “All the police found was the fired pistol; of the money and Camelia, nothing more was ever known.”

Sweet tune, isn’t it?

Not that the little ditty is astonishing. Here in America, with the likes of P. Diddy, 50 Cent, Snoop Dog, and others, the lyrics of that narcocorrido could be considered tame by American standards. Then again, standards are the problem. Just as narcocorrido is easing into mainstream Mexico, acceptance of drugs and drug violence has been easing into American culture.

That is not to say that we think violence or drug violence is good, but our tolerance of it has increased as our Photobucketintolerance of drugs has leveled off.

For example, I can recall a recall a comments board for a local newspaper in New Jersey called the Asbury Park Press. In it was a story about underage teens arrested for drinking and serving alcohol at a party that they held in their home while their parents were away. More than 60 percent of the comments were of the “let them be” impression. Some said “kids will be kids” and others said “the police should be doing more important things than enforcing underage drinking laws”.

I am not suggesting to bring back prohibition of alcohol but I am merely pointing out the permissiveness that is increasing in society. People are actually suggesting that kids should be let off the hook for breaking laws.

My point is,  just as it took 9/11 to finally deal with terrorism effectively, what will it take for us to deal with drugs and the drug trade effectively?

I for one feel that some of the intentions of the “War On Drugs” must be dealt with by using the same sense of conviction that 9/11 created, especially when it comes to the drug wars goal of employing the cooperation of other nations to eliminate the illegal drug trade.

But more than that, I believe it would be encouraging if we at least secured our border with Mexico. In fact I believe that is, first and foremost our nations top priority.

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Without a secure border there will be no economy to handle.

At a later date, I will detail a proposal of my own that I have previously released. It is called Open Arms-Secure Borders. It is a comprehensive immigration reform proposal that welcomes legal immigration but defends the sovereignty of our nation and respects and secures our borders.

For now though, Americans must at least acknowledge the fact that the iceberg is in sight and that the U.S.S. Freedom & Prosperity better start steering in another direction or like the Titanic, we will tear apart our hull of security.

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 During what can, at the very least, only be considered tough economic times, Congress is looked at for acting responsibly and demonstrating some fiscal responsibility.

Yet despite these facts, Congress goes ahead and accepts an automatic pay raise. 

Doing so is reminiscent of the captain of the Titanic demanding that iceberg lettuce be served with dinner the night the great vessel went down.

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REPEAL THE CONGRESSIONAL PAY HIKE

Sign the Online Petition – Repeal The Automatic Pay Raise That Congress Is Receiving

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