Is the war on drugs working? Does it make sense to keep spending huge amounts of taxpayer money on a program that is not working? Since we have been fighting the war on drugs for over 100 years and it is not working, should we try something else? Like alcohol prohibition, does the war on drugs cause more problems than it solves? Is it fair for innocent tax payers to pay for the “drug problem” through taxes or would it be fairer for drug users to pay for their own problem? Does it make sense to spend taxpayer money to send drug users to prison where the prisoners can still obtain drugs? Is it not time to end the war on drugs and release the prisoners?
Consider the following typical drug case: A person gets arrested on a drug charge. The government threatens this person with a lot of prison time if they do not help them catch other drug offenders. The government then bribes this person with probation for becoming a confidential informant. What would happen if “We the People” threatened and bribed a witness like our government does? This confidential informant then turns in one of their suppliers and the supplier that was turned in gets 20 years. Not only did this person lose 20 years of their life, but you can imagine the grief and hardships their family faces. It costs the taxpayers about one million dollars over those twenty years. This person goes to prison for twenty years where he can still readily use drugs of all kinds. The confidential informant now sells just as many drugs in that town as his old supplier did. What was accomplished in this typical drug case? How much harm did this drug case cause? What did the taxpayers get for their one million dollars? If you had one million dollars would you spend it in this way? Should we not spend taxpayer money as if it were our own? Our founding fathers of our country were very conscientious of how they spent tax payer money. Are our current politicians conscientious of how they spend taxpayer money?
Should you be able to tell a person how to live their lives if they are not affecting your life? Should your neighbor be arrested because they have different moral values than you? Should your neighbor be arrested if they live their life in a way that you do not approve of? In America, should the government be able to arrest people who do not have the same moral values as the majority of citizens? Should our government be able to arrest people who live their lives in a way the majority disapprove of even though they are not affecting anyone else’s life? Is this not what drug laws do? Drug laws are laws which dictate how people must live their lives or face prison.
If you had a loved family member who used drugs; would you send them to prison for many years or would you try to convince them not to use drugs or send them to a rehab? If you had a loved one who refused to quit using drugs; would you want them buying dangerous street mixtures with unknown substances or would you rather them buy from a government regulated source with known substances?
Consider the following scenario: Suppose a person goes to work and on their way home they buy some recreational drugs. They go to the privacy of their own home and do the recreational drugs without affecting anyone else’s rights. Is there a victim in this last scenario? Now suppose the next day this same person goes to work and on their way home they buy more recreational drugs. They go back to the privacy of their own home and do the recreational drugs without affecting anyone else’s rights. While doing the drugs the police break down the door, tear up the house searching for drugs and throw the person in jail. Who is the victim? Who is the perpetrator? Did the police violate the person’s privacy rights?
Where have we gone since the end of World War Two? At the end of WWII, America had nearly 2/3 of all the world’s gold reserves and more than half of the world’s manufacturing capacity. In 1947, the U.S. by itself accounted for 1/3 of all the world’s exports and the foreign trade balance was in the black. Our exports more than doubled our imports. Where are we heading now? Since WWII, our government has expanded its reach around the whole world and into our personal freedoms and now we are characterized as a bully to other nations and by debt and dependency on other countries lending us money. We have had a negative trade balance since 1975. What can we do to help our country get back on track? Is the war on drugs worth putting our country in financial ruin? Why is it our job to insure that our country is heading in the right direction?