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#16 The REAL Reasons to END THE WAR ON DRUGS

September 16, 2012

Just to drive the point home on race and show how far Ron Paul exceeds Obama in promoting equality, I will address another issue Paul is famously outspoken on: ENDING THE WAR ON DRUGS. I don’t have to convince you that the war on drugs has been a failure, worsening drug abuse, helping criminals, costing us billions and causing more damage than alcohol prohibition in 1920s and 30s. Paul claims that prohibition created the Al Capons by creating a black market, and today it’s the cartels, who ironically want the drug war to continue as much as the Christian conservatives who support it.

This issue has nothing to do with wanting the freedom to abuse drugs like marijuana, and it’s obvious why a conservative with ANY amount of fiscal integrity would adamantly oppose such policies. Obviously nobody is stronger than Paul on the fiscal side, but that’s only one part of his argument. What he also emphasizes frequently is how the war on drugs has racist origins and acts as a catalyst for racial inequality.  As Paul explains in this speech from 1988 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7M9eYHjCKQ), the same year he supposedly wrote racists newsletters, anti-drug laws actually began as ways to target and eliminate minorities; using opium to push out Chinese immigrants, and other substances were used against blacks, Latinos, Latin American Jews and so on.

Since drugs came through places like the Panama Canal, Mexico, Jamaica and New Orleans, the targeting of drugs for prohibition carried a racial component, aimed at the removal of unwelcome groups. Today, Paul says that the today punishment of people of color is severally disproportionate, stating that while blacks only make up 14% of drug abusers, 36% of those arrested for drugs are black and over 60% of those who end up in prison for drugs are black. Do you hear anyone else making this point?

In the same speech Paul stated that “a system designed to protect individual liberty will have no punishments for any group and NO PRIVILEGES. Today inner city folks, MINORITIES, ARE PUNISHED UNFAIRLY in the war on drugs,” and repealing the war on drugs is a way to achieve “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER THE LAW.” Under today’s laws, a 3rd time nonviolent drug offender can be sent to prison FOR LIFE while murderers, rapists and pedophiles can be set free, and this is another point I hear him make almost every time he talks about the issue. Who else in politics have ever heard addressing a problem this way?

As I’ve heard Paul go on to point out, those who do make it out of prison, come back into society as hardened criminals, leaving because of overpopulation. To me this is one of the most troubling aspects of the drug war. Along with the military, medical and food industrial complexes, we now have a PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX; that is, private prison companies working together with judges, police and agencies to lock up as many people as possible. Prison is now a quick fix solution to social problems, and for any little crime, because the corporations actually trade stock based on how many people are locked up, making it obscenely profitable to put people away.

Building prisons also creates jobs, but Prison owners save bundles by utilizing prison labor. Since more prisoner’s equals higher profits, they LOBBY CONGRESS TO PASS HARSHER LAWS with LONGER SENTENCES. As always everyone on top gets filthy rich while the poor get punished. Since 1997 government spending on corrections has gone up by 72% ($74 billion) and the number of prisoners in private facilities has increased by around 120%. Think about what this does to the incentive to every STOP crime or strive to depopulate our prisons in the long run. As long as the crime stays in the ghetto where it belongs, and not in our cushy white suburbs, what do we care, right?

Doesn’t anyone realize how dangerous this is? Most real experts agree that our American empire is facing at total economic collapse at the scale of Russia or Egypt, or worse. The monetary system that’s been created is unsustainable, and we’re witnessing its self-destruction with the rise of tent cities sprawl across the country, deadly riots, the militarization of the police, removal basic freedoms and pretty much blatant tyranny. I would say it isn’t much of a stretch to deem such a collapse inevitable. The militarization of and building of refugee camps shows that the government may be preparing for such events. That is also what’s happened to every empire and country that’s fallen into this pattern of debt creation (http://pro.stansberryresearch.com/1011PSIENDVD/PPSIN122/). How bad it will be is the real question, and what can we do to minimize the damage?

When social unrest is at the level it is today, and the outlook is this grim, the LAST thing we want in our society is overflowing prisons and we are already seeing the terrible results of this problem. Prisons around the country are now being forced to depopulate because they can’t keep up with the rate of incarcerations, releasing violent predators, who are smart enough to know when the police are too busy dealing with social unrest to adequately protect civilians, and they WILL take advantage of these conditions very deliberately.  Protest sites have become hotbeds for sexual assault, and who do we expect to protect our families inside a detention camp, if or when we do reach the point of collapse? Do you think it will be safer than being inside today’s prison system, or safer than the refugee and detention camps in other parts of the world? Is this the future we want for our loved ones?

Ladies and gentlemen… This is really f*cking serious. If you think this is just paranoid ranting, go stick your head on the sand while the world burns down around you, in your weak state of denial. There’s no reason to debate the reality of something that’s happening right under our stupid noses. Reality is reality. We are on a dangerous f*cking path, and we need to stop acting like children and face this NOW, beginning with Ron Paul’s proposal to release ALL NON VIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS, END the War on Drugs (treating drug addiction as a disease, the way we do with alcohol, and letting the black market self destruct), and combine that with monetary and tax reform measures discussed in the previous chapters, to reduce poverty and thereby reduce crime very significantly. Our aim as a society should be to reduce prison populations. Not increase them for profits…

This is just one aspect of The War on Drugs that’s severely upsetting. Never mind the fact that it’s hundreds of billions of dollars that could be spent on treating addiction, helping the poor, healing our economy, fixing our schools, helping veterans and so on. We can only imagine the ways we could fix our country and thrive as a society if that money was re-directed, along with TRILLIONS from military spending. What a complete and utter tragedy that we’ve been so gullible and complacent for all this time, allowing the money controllers to have their ways with us.  It’s time to stop this game because it’s insanity by definition.

From a libertarian standpoint, Paul rightfully harps the most embarrassingly obvious, debate-ending double standard: alcohol. As he sums up neatly in a CNN interview, “If you think the government should be regulating personal behavior, you have to be for prohibition of alcohol.”  Good enough for me, but aside from the social, economical and philosophical reasons, Ron Paul ALSO hates the Way on Drugs from a medical standpoint. (by the way… Just how many different difficult professions does one person have to succeed in before people start taking you seriously and treating you with the respect you deserve? Doctor, soldier, 4-term congressman with a consistent record of PERFECT INTEGRITY, never accepting a dime from ANY special interest group? I’d say the man has earned SOME trust, and honestly what more could you really ask for in a leader?) Dr. Paul doesn’t pull any punches on this front. Regarding medical marijuana, he says the government is keeping medicine away from the sick.

Anyone who thinks marijuana is a superficial topic doesn’t understand that as a medicine for cancer and muscular dystrophy, it provides benefits and effects that no other drug can. As usual, Paul has remained consistent on his position about this for decades, stating that he believes it can be very useful as a medicine. But even if the drug is being used recreationally, Paul maintains that it is not the government’s job to control our personal behavior or protect us from ourselves.

By comparison, Obama is PATHETIC on this issue. He is NOT for legalization, and does not bring up those issues that Paul discusses. He believes we should “re-think the way we approach the issue” and that the drug war has failed. But just like with his other wars, that doesn’t mean he intends to stop it. It means throw more money at it and expand the effort. The closing of medical dispensaries has actually INCREASED under Obama, when one of his promises was to scale back such policies, and they continue to this day. It must be nice not having ANY legal obligation to follow through on promises, which the president does not.  H

ere’s a video that does a pretty nice job of illustrating the difference between Paul and Obama regarding the war on drugs, along with some other food for thought:

Paul vs Obama on Drug War: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKYmWVDyM5c

Paul on Medical Weed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bREKsWu_oOM&feature=share

Ron Paul Drug War on Race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKYmWVDyM5c

Chapter on Drug War from Paul’s Book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chvF56BvDSc

Prison Industrial Complex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ3oJGqr6ls

End of America: http://pro.stansberryresearch.com/1011PSIENDVD/PPSIN122/

Collapse Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAyHIOg5aHk

Paul Collapse Warning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVKcB_PSdb8&feature=related

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