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Why Haven’t We Given Up On The Drug War?

{Editor’s Note: This is the 12th installment of a series of articles attempting to address the 32 questions posed by Ron Paul in his recent farewell speech given in front of Congress. Check out the previous installment, “Why Is It Political Suicide To Criticize AIPAC?”}

We’ve provided in depth write-ups already on America’s drug laws & enforcement during this exercise in answering Ron Paul’s 32 Questions, including these recent articles. But in a general sense, let’s take a quick look at the Drug War in general, and look at why it hasn’t been abandoned, despite having been cited as a failure on every level.

The Drug War has already cost U.S. taxpayers over $1 Trillion dollars. What have we gotten from that expenditure? The highest criminal to population ratio in the entire world (from its monopoly on violence) at a rate of 760 prisoners per 100,000 people. That’s roughly 10 times that of other first world countries. The main reason for this is imprisonment of citizens is for drug charges – many for simply possessing small amounts of “contraband.” Some states have legalized small quantities – or at least made them into a non-criminal offense, however from a Federal standpoint drug possession on any level is still a crime.

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"Hillary Clinton: We Can't

"Hillary Clinton: We Can't Legalize Drugs Because 'There Is Just Too Much Money in It"

http://reason.com/blog/2011/02/07/hillary-clinton-we-cant-le...

Blessings )o(

Wow

Either Hillary Clinton is retarded, or she thinks everyone else is.

The war on drugs is a

racket just like any war.

It's to make money for a select few.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

We would not want people to enjoy their lives.

Why should American citizens be trusted to think for themselves? That is why we have the Supreme Leader ( I mean President ) and the Supreme Court and police officers, to save us the trouble and responsibility of thinking for ourselves. We might start making decisions that don't destroy our own lives and the economy. Where would it all end? With individual responsibility comes individual freedom which is something our leaders have been fighting to save us from for many years.

They can't admit that they were wrong

They can't admit that they were wrong about this policy, which was almost universally supported across the political spectrum. Power structures are not in the habit of undermining themselves.

My Answer to #12

“The war on drugs”, like “The war on terrorism” is used to scare the population. Trillions of dollars are also extracted from the American people to fight these fictitious wars.

Hopefully the people

hopefully the people will continue to support giving it up as they've begun to do in many States. The Federal government will never give it up on its own, but they can only do so much.

What if all 50 States were to legalize marijuana? and then even one tried cocaine and heroin and the world, did not in fact, end?

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