Why We’ll Never Win the Drug War
Scenario: No More Drug Problem.
For the sake of this hypothetical commentary, let’s assume that somehow, the problem with illegal drugs mostly goes away.
Whether this is through enforcement, social change, legalization or some yet to be discovered process is not relevant for this commentary. (South Carolina alone has Heroin and other addiction treatment centers in more than twenty cities.)
Fact: More than 80 percent of the increase in the federal prison population from 1985 to 1995 was the result of drug convictions.
Fact: Over half of the prison population is incarcerated for crimes directly or indirectly related to illegal drugs. This includes sales and use of illegal drugs and crimes committed to pay for feeding an addiction.
Fact: A significant amount of the profit from the illegal drug trade helps fund, buy weapons and other deadly paraphernalia for terrorists and others who want to kill you and your way of life.
POOF – It’s Gone! – Here are the Results
- Over a relatively short period of time, the major illicit drug markets dry up.
- Fewer people need to steal to support their habits, therefore ‘crimes to support those habits decline.
- When the risks far outweigh the rewards, Heroin and Cocaine dealers choose a more profitable line of crime.
- Without the easy availability of addicting drugs to potential new users, the addiction rates drop.
- With lower addiction rates, demand for the drugs, and therefore profitability is further reduced.
- With the reduced demand, street gangs, terrorists and organized crime lose a major source of funding.
- Opium and Cocaine farmers plant Tobacco, Coffee or other legal drugs.
- The Illegal drug problem is reduced to a fraction of its previous severity.
- Prisons reduce occupancy by 50% and court room events are reduced by 50%
And HERE is where we run into the problem!
If a company such as General Motors can be considered ‘too big to fail’ imagine the impact on ‘legitimate’ businesses and institutions if half of this huge piece of our economy, the so-called “justice system”, (aka Justice Industry) suddenly went away.
- Prison and correctional budgets get cut 50%
- 50% of guards, wardens and other prison staff lose their jobs.
- Support industries such as facilities design, construction, staffing, food-service, prison equipment, transportation, maintenance and management contracts lose a minimum of 50% of their sales.
- 50% of various drug-involved law-enforcement personnel will have to justify their continued existence.
- 50% of the, court staff, prosecutors, judges, and LAWYERS will need to find other productive work.
I don’t think I need say more.
ANYTHING that puts lawyers (the bulk of Congress is lawyers) out of work is never going to happen, regardless of what we, the American People demand.
The pharmaceutical companies learned a lesson long ago … it’s far more profitable to treat a disease than it is to cure it.
Although Congress intended mandatory sentences to target “king pins” and managers in drug distribution networks, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reports that only 5.5 percent of federal crack cocaine defendants and 11 percent of all federal drug defendants are high-level drug dealers. The remainder or the defendants are at the user or low-level street dealer level.
Calling our prisons a ‘correctional’ system is an absurd joke. Our jails and prisons are training camps for criminals and recruiting pipelines for gangs and Muslim extremists.
Fact: The US incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other country, including Communist China. Our prison population accounts for 25% the world’s prisoners.
Fact: Since the late 1970s, the prison population increased Six Hundred percent, and the number of people on probation or parole also skyrocketed. The overall correctional population (either in prison or on parole) grew during this time from 1.8 million to well over 7 million people.
Whatever we have been doing for over 50 years to combat the illicit drug trade is not working and there is no indication that doing more of the same will do any better.
What we can do, however, is reduce the cost in both currency and ruined lives. We can reduce the collateral damage by actively pursuing and eradicating the largest producers and importers.
We can demand that law enforcement concentrate on the importers and king-pins and stop sending non-violent users and harmless potheads to “Professional Criminal School” courtesy of our prisons.
We can demand that real pressure, not mere token sanctions, be exerted against the governments of countries that support, encourage, aid, abet or turn a blind eye to the illegal drug trade.
We can use some of that rare commodity, common sense, and let our elected representatives know that we are tired of the crime, fear and cost.
We can demand that our leaders perform their Constitutionally mandated duty to secure our borders.
If the drug cartels can consistently smuggle tons of cocaine into the United States, moving something small and deadly like a few dirty bombs or biological weapons is not going to be much of a challenge.
The so-called war against drugs has become a war against a significant, otherwise law-abiding segment of our own population. It is now a war against our own people.
If our representatives don’t respond, or kowtow to those with vested financial and political interest in the illegal drug trade, VOTE THEM OUT!
And that’s the view from Egg Manor,*
(aka The House of Perpetual Construction)
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* Your opinion may vary. Comments Encouraged
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