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The War on Drugs: Because Prohibition Worked So Well

Keith305 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 1:47 PM
Hear! Hear! The Republican Party is so close to being a truely (moderate) libertarian party, if only they would drop three planks, they would crucify the Democrats: 1. Support for the War on Drugs (and criminalization of prostitution and gambling, for that matter), 2. Absolutely zero abortions, 3. Defense of Marriage Act. Drop these and the Democrats will be shown to be exactly what they are: control freaks. It would also be a far more intellectually consistent message: get government out of our lives. Something that studies show the majority of Americans still believe and--certainly--the coming generation. The party of freedom vs. the party of control. How could we lose?
Keith305 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 4:46 PM
We know we can't be inconsistent or the media will jump all over us, as has been proven with our social policies. We can't get our message across to people when we can't be consistent ourselves. We always get trumped with, "yeah but, what about gay rights, no abortion even in the case of rape, etc. etc.

Then I have to apologize for those, blame it on the Blue Dogs, and then its becomes an argument of degree. Far less effective than an clear argument between those who control and those who are free.

Get out of my bedroom and out of my pocket. That's the message from surveys taken of the coming generation.
HeraldOfGalactus Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 3:58 PM
I would most certainly support the Republican party if they dropped their support for 1, 2, and 3. But I don't see that happening unfortunately. These policies are too engrained and it's tragic because the more Republicans obsess over these social issues, the more they empower the opposition.
Forty years ago, the United States locked up fewer than 200 of every 100,000 Americans. Then President Nixon declared war on drugs. Now we lock up more of our people than any other country -- more even than the authoritarian regimes in Russia and China.

A war on drugs -- on people, that is -- is unworthy of a country that claims to be free.

Unfortunately, this outrage probably won't be discussed in Tampa or Charlotte.

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