We’d have a lot to lose by ending the War on Drugs. First of all, we’d lose the war, and who wants to be a loser?
Not to mention that this is such a small issue in the grand scheme of things. Everyone who gets caught up in the drug war is entirely deserving of it. The police don’t harm innocent people, that’s a fact.
Take the story of Kathryn Johnston for example. A 92-year-old woman living in Atlanta, Ga. whose house was raided by three plain clothes officers on a no knock warrant. The woman lived in a high crime area so these officers had to be extra cautious. When they broke down this woman’s front door, for no reason at all she shot at them. The police, who in their defense didn’t look or act like police, shot back at her. 39 shots later she was dead. Another gang-banger drug dealer off the streets!
The police didn’t find any drugs in her house though, but a low level drug user turned informant told them she sold drugs, so obviously she was just hiding them somewhere. The cops did some good old fashioned police work though and planted drugs in her home.
Can you believe it though, all three officers were convicted voluntary manslaughter and one of perjury. Her family also won a civil suit worth $490,000, money that could have went towards further funding the drug war! It’s alright though, our judicial system doesn’t often fail us like it did in this instance.
If we were to end the drug war, thousands of people would be out of work and police would have hardly anything to do with all their extra time. Prison guards, lawyers, overtime for the police, the judicial system in general, all would have a lot less to do. What would we do with the estimated $40 billion we would save annually from ending the drug war? In my opinion, the $1 trillion we’ve spent since the war began has been well worth it!
Don’t forget a primary funding mechanism though! Without the drug war we wouldn’t have civil asset forfeiture where the police can confiscate any money and property in which they suspect might be connected to the sale of drugs. This is one place where our justice system hardly ever fails! While police confiscate money and property from a lot of people who are ultimately never connected to drugs, the police still get to keep what they took. Just because they couldn’t prove there was a drug connection, it doesn’t mean those people were innocent!
Another unsavory part about ending the drug war is that we would actually allow these people to be out in society using drugs instead of in prison using drugs where they belong! I don’t care if the guy next door has a steady job and doesn’t harm anyone, if he’s doing any sort of drugs he needs to be in prison with the rest of society’s undesirables! I don’t care what the studies say about alcohol being more dangerous than marijuana.
After these people have served out their punishment though, they are entirely free to rejoin society and become productive members! Sure they can’t get a lot of work because of their drug conviction history, but that’s entirely their problem and their fault. Some say our system breeds repeat offenders and people who go into jail with just a drug problem come out a lot worse. It doesn’t affect me in any way though, so it’s not my problem.
How am I supposed to have my friends over to drink and party when my neighbor is sitting on his back porch smoking weed? It gets me really worked up, but luckily my doctor prescribes me Xanax for that.
You know what would really be a tragic loss though? If there were no drug war, we wouldn’t have great TV shows like Breaking Bad! How am I supposed to get my fix if the whole basis for the show didn’t even exist? People who want to end the drug war are completely selfish.
Might I also add, anyone who spends a lot of time advocating against the drug war obviously just wants to get high. All of these stories you hear about people dieing because of it, all these dogs getting killed in raids, the permanent underclass created by our legal system, it’s just noise to distract us from the real issues.
I don’t care if 82% of people think the drug war is a total failure. It makes me feel good that we’re doing something about these degenerates!
By: George R.M. Spooner
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