The War on Drugs is the War on People

Stop the war...

Stop the war…

With the Keynesian ideas of Richard Nixon at the helm, his monumental stepping-stones of complete disaster were sure to steer his barge into yet another ship-sinking iceberg. Many remember Nixon because of the Watergate Hotel Scandal but that infraction was microscopic compared to his many abominable and treasonous misdeeds. The War on Drugs was his most atrocious and pitiful achievement.

The War on Drugs was initially implemented for only one reason. Nixon’s first term in office, he knew that an admission of defeat against the North Vietnamese Guerrillas’ would not be a positive mark up for his administration. The war of attrition military mission was a complete disaster for the US. Commands were not being followed, armed soldiers were refusing to obey orders, and some soldiers’ were using drugs. The entire mission fell apart.

Nixon knew he had to find an excuse that caused the war of attrition to fail. The administration with the help of social media manufactured the perfect scapegoat… DRUGS!

With no ability to cross-examine the inanimate objects, the administrations plan was a complete success. In June of 1971, Nixon announced “America’s public enemy number one in the [US] is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.” This was the creation of “The war on drugs.”

If you look closely at his statement, he told us exactly what he was planning to do. The drugs were not the problem as you can read from his statement. The problem was drug abuse. Who abuses drugs? That’s right! People do. “In order to fight this enemy…” he stated, “it is necessary to wage a new all-out offensive.” So new criminal laws were enacted as well as massive amounts of tax payer money to wage a war against people who were using drugs.

This supposed “war of drugs” has cost American’s between 1 trillion and 2.5 trillion tax dollars fighting people who use and sell drugs.

The war on drugs has done the complete opposite of its intended goals:

In a 10 year span, opiate use has increased by 34.5%, cocaine use has increased by 27% and marijuana has increased by 8.5%.

If the war on drugs was effective, shouldn’t we be spending less and less money and shouldn’t drug use be falling? It is quite obvious the war on drugs is completely ineffective.

Why is buying and selling drugs so violent and dangerous? Well, because it is illegal. If drugs were decriminalized, drug addicts wouldn’t have to steal, rob, and kill to supply their habits. The 2 plus trillion we have spent locking up millions of people could actually go to help these people instead of ruining their lives.

Jails and prisons only make drug offenders worse off. They find new drug dealers, they may be violently raped and they waste away their life, year after year as their family at home slowly corrodes. Once they have a criminal record, they can only chose a job from the very bottom depths of the barrel. Many commit suicide because they can’t find their way out of the vicious circle of addiction. I have stood on that edge before. It is cold and lonely.

The way we treat addicts in this country is a disgrace. The vast majority of addicts/alcoholics are the way they are because of adverse childhood experiences. Someone buying drugs from another person is a free exchange of goods. There is no aggression. No violence. Both parties are happy with the trade- so why the hell are we locking them up? We should be helping them, not hurting them. Ultimately, it’s not their fault. America has more prisoners than Stalin’s Archipelago. 80% of prisoners in the US are drug offenders. I hope we are not proud.

(Info/stats cited from)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu-eEZ-8y6U&list=UUC3L8QaxqEGUiBC252GHy3w

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32 thoughts on “The War on Drugs is the War on People

    • Absolutely. If people didn’t have a knee-jerk reaction to it, they would see the goal. It seems counter-intuitive- well no, it is counter-intuitive but the facts don’t lie. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the topic. πŸ™‚

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  1. Well, I must say I am one of the ignorant ones. I had no idea about most of what you wrote. The facts don’t lie. These statistics are staggering. Thank you for educating me today. Hey, where are your share buttons so I can tweet?

    Lisa

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    • Like I said, no worries- you have done so much to support me that I feel I owe you something in return. I appreciate all you have done to help spread my messages. If you need anything, you know where to find me. πŸ™‚

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  2. Great post Dustin. I have had the pleasure of living through the criminal years of Nixon. He disgraced our country and our veterans. But this is not about Nixon. The WAR on drugs is a joke. Always has been. Do you know that I see the same dealer and same buyers doing business every day. What do we do? Lock them up, add the the welfare rolls, and start the beginning of the end for them. Let them be what they choose to be. Spend our money, taxes, on education. Teach children early about addiction. Don’t let them experience it. We’ve done it with smoking.

    Art

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    • It’s definitely not about Nixon- just another money generator for the drug Industrial complex destroying families across the globe. I agree to make its focus on the children. That too is where the cycle of violence begins. Thanks for your input. It’s great to here from someone who was there when it happened. I worry that with more money funneled into the education system, even less education would get taught. The current curriculums need a complete overhaul in my opinion. That’s a whole other blog post. Lol 😁 have a good evening Art.

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  3. Ok if you are on your page where it shows all of your blogs, you can like and share, but it appears that on the page where you comment on your blog, has no like and share buttons..

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  4. Hey Dustin! Absolutely love the new design, it looks great and easier to read definitely! Good job! Love the post, as always your posts are full of truth and wisdom! The war on drugs has absolutely failed and is doing nothing to help the problem. Attacks on the people, locking them up, etc is only perpetuating the problem and creating more mental health issues which leads to more addiction problems! Something must be done, and it is great that we are making strides but yet still so far away from achieving the ultimate goal! Great writting as always, can’t wait to read a book written by you! You are truly an intellectual! Take care and all the best to you!

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    • Thank you x2! Glad you like it! (X2 again lol) it is such a terrible enactment in place and it is abused on every level. Thanks for the kind words. It shouldn’t be but 6 months or so til the book is available. I hope lol I will definitely love to have your feedback on it when it comes out. Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great week. πŸ™‚

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  5. The statistics seem so clear. What would be helpful would be to see a graph showing the trend in usage over a period of time well before the war on drugs began through the present. That would help visualize the impact of the change in policy. An anti-legalization person could claim that drug use was going up anyway, and the war actually has slowed it down. But a graph that shows an acceleration after the war on drugs would be powerful.

    Ultimately, trends in use are not the whole story. Even if the war reduced usage by X%, if it unnecessarily ruined the lives of a large number of users, then the overall impact is worse. It is so sad that our society makes it so difficult for people to get a second chance. Add to that the fact that so many addicts barely had a first chance, given their childhood, and it is really, really sad.

    What are the impacts of legalization where it has been tried? Does it impact the poor more than the wealthy? It is possible that, unlike so many things, legalization would actually help the poor, and hurt the wealthy, because the poor are disproportionately negatively impacted by the war on drugs, right?

    Were it legal, the power of gangs would be reduced, which would have a very positive impact on poorer areas. But wealthy people who previously abstained due to having too much to lose might experiment more and become addicted. The overall numbers may or may not change, but the social justice scale might shift. I wonder if these sorts of fears (“I don’t want *my* kids to have access to drugs” – regardless that so many other people’s kids lives are made dangerous by the illegality of drugs) are part of what keeps legalization from happening.

    I have no idea if what I am writing is supported by the facts… I’m thinking out loud.

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