John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat

John F. Kennedy Liberal Democrat
Source: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960

Monday, July 16, 2012

Governor Gary Johnson: End The War on Drugs

This piece was originally posted at FRS FreeState Now: Governor Gary Johnson: End The War on Drugs

The United States is now sixteen-trillion-dollars in debt thanks to both Republicans and Democrats. But in the last ten years or so, the edge has to go to Republicans when it comes to borrow and spending. They are the fathers of supply side/borrow and spend economics. And two ways to get out of the fiscal black hole, that shopaholics couldn't even dream up in their wildest fantasy pipe dream of running up,iIs to get the Federal Government to do less. Get them out of our own lives as far as trying to run them. Stop punishing people for what they do to themselves.

And instead focus on how people abuse other people, as well as through economic growth. Less prohibition and instead lets start taxing and regulating how people live their own lives. Instead of trying to protect people from themselves, which is exactly what the War on Drugs is about. We meaning Uncle Sam, and perhaps Sam's wife, nieces and nephews, meaning the Federal Government, knows best how a country of 310M people, even though they haven't met 99% of them, how they should live their own lives. Better than the people themselves. That's exactly what the War on Drugs is about, protecting adults from themselves.

The War on Drugs is actually why Libertarian Party presidential nominee, as well as the Patriot Act and indefinite detention, are reasons why Gary has a shot at picking off some Liberal Democrats. Especially young voters. Liberals that are tired of the the Obama Administration's big government policies as it relates to these areas and see President Obama as not much different if at all from President Bush in these areas. We could be taxing and regulating marijuana and sending some of that money to the Federal Government to pay for things like public infrastructure and to help pay down the Federal debt.

As well as the savings that would generate from not prohibiting marijuana for adults, as well as releasing drug offenders who are in prison for simple drug possession or usage, who have clean prison records. As well as just decriminalizing cocaine and heroin, have people pay fines for simple possession, instead of locking them up. The way to handle addiction in America when it comes to marijuana, cocaine or heroin, is how we handle addiction for alcohol and tobacco. Is through drug rehab at the addicts expense. Instead of locking them up and hoping, more like praying they learn their lesson. Even though they'll have access to the drugs of their choice in jail or prison, something they wouldn't have in drug rehab.