GOP should oppose war on drugs

  • Article by: KAVON NIKRAD
  • Updated: April 17, 2013 - 9:31 PM

The GOP should own this issue. At election time, it would reap the rewards.

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usmc1127Apr. 17, 13 9:55 PM

Both sides should oppose the war on drugs. Our last 3 presidents (representing both sides) have all used drugs, and not just marijuana. Apparently this whole "drugs ruin your life" thing isn't panning out. Imagine if Bush or Obama had been busted with cocaine, do you think they would have attained the office of President of the United States? Nope, they got lucky. Meanwhile, people are rotting in prison for doing the exact same thing they did.

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potter101Apr. 17, 1310:52 PM

Yet a new generation of market-minded conservatives could quickly bring the GOP back among young and minority voters if they have the courage to consistently apply their limited-government principles to the drug war.***************************They don't believe at all in limited government, only when the government is doing something that they are against but when they are for it , it's not limited government it is_____________You fill in the blank.

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jimmyjohn2Apr. 17, 1311:52 PM

Politicians of both the left and right are addicted to "prohibition power" . Prohibition will not die until the state governments can see the financial prosperity that legalization can bring. Politicians like the "prohibition jobs" that can be doled out to the DEA. Also the war on drugs is a handy excuse to violate most anyone's civil rights.

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owatonnabillApr. 18, 13 6:07 AM

Heh. The "War On Drugs". There has never been a clearer case of the cure being worse than the disease. The resultant criminality surrounding the sale and use of illegal drugs has caused more pain, suffering and death than the USE of illegal drugs ever has--or could. Legalize ALL drugs. Not only that, make them available and cheap. And also make available and cheap treatment for those who really want to kick their habit. It would instantly remove the criminal element AND treat, rather than punish, the addicted. But to continue this "War On Drugs" as is, and unabated, is sheer madness. It just doesn't work. Time to try something that will.

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offtherecordApr. 18, 13 7:10 AM

Just what we need is more people having access to mind altering substances.

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jd55604Apr. 18, 13 8:44 AM

Prohibitions create more laws. Laws give governments more money and power. It is not in the interest of government to end the war on drugs. The interests of the people and the interests of our government are diverging more and more from one another.

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gandalf48Apr. 18, 1311:50 AM

potter101 - [They don't believe at all in limited government, only when the government is doing something that they are against but when they are for it , it's not limited government it is_____________You fill in the blank.] *** This is not true of younger libertarians, which almost all so-called "conservatives" under the age of 40 are libertarians. Look at their stance on gay rights, abortion, drugs, economic freedoms and 4th Amendment issues...they always pick the side of more freedom, there are no exceptions. <-- How does this comment violate ToU? This has been rejected twice...please allow it or I'll be forced to notify your boss.

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gadams500Apr. 18, 1312:14 PM

Yeah, the GOP should own this issue. That will work. Everyone will overlook the GOP's racist, sexist, and bigoted platform because they "own" this issue. How dumb does Nikrad think people are?

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circleoflifeApr. 18, 1312:32 PM

gadams500 "Everyone will overlook the GOP's racist, sexist, and bigoted platform because they "own" this issue" That is an extremely racist, sexist and bigoted remark. Amazing how the Strib "readers" always allow those types of offensive remarks to get past them when it's obviously targeted to the conservative readers.

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davehougApr. 18, 1312:40 PM

I can't think of a faster way to ruin a neighborhood than to fill it with addicts.

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