Friday, February 17, 2012

The war is lost

Shepard Smith, one of Fox's news anchors, is receiving criticism for saying that the war on drugs is lost. All over the conservative blogs, it seems as if they want to disagree with them, but logic won't allow it. However, some brilliant commenters over at places like Hot Air and Ace Of Spades (both excellent cites I frequent daily) have taken the debate to a fantastic new level. "the war on murder is lost. People still kill each other. Might as well make it legal."

This argument would make me laugh if I weren't convinced that the person who would think that would be voting conservative. These same people have conniptions about Michelle Obama controlling your food, or Michael Bloomberg stealing all the salt out of New York.

Prohibition has failed, by any metric you care to measure it by. Drugs are cheaper, more potent, and more readily available today than before the war on drugs began. If that weren't enough to declare the war lost, then how about the cost of incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders, or the cost of the local and federal governments to enforce the laws? Still not enough to convince you that it's a failure? Then how about the loss of lives, due to the police using the "no knock raid" technique (including the lives of officers), or the violent beheadings on our border at the hands of the drug cartels? How about the arming of those same cartels by our own fucking Justice Department, which lead to the deaths of hundreds including Border Patrol agent Brian Terry?

We keep handing over power to the government, not content on being protected from evil people, we must also be protected from our own evil temptations. And before you know it, you'll have sheriff Steven Segal rolling up to your door with a goddam tank because someone told him you had a rooster fighting circuit in your living room. What? That already happened? Sweet baby Moses, have we all lost our damn minds?

Before any conservative starts saying that Shep should be booted, or apologize, or any of this other bullshit, do me a favor and prove him wrong. Are we winning the war on drugs? Are they less prevalent in our society? Has anything the government done to fix this problem (ya know, besides arming the cartels with fully automatic weapons) that's actually worked? Even in the slightest?

Rumor has it that our troops in Afghanistan are being ordered to protect the poppy fields. The drug war isn't about protecting our children. It's about eliminating the competition.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Prop 8

It is rumored that Ben Franklin once said, "democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to eat for dinner." I wasn't there, so I can't say if he said it or not. Conservatives, as long as I've known them, have always maintained that we are NOT a democracy. We are a constitutional republic, so that the rights of the minority aren't trampled by the will of the majority.

Then Prop 8 in Calofornia comes along, and suddenly, republicans have a new found passion for democracy. The people had spoken, and gays would be banned from marrying each other. Lo and behold, the 9th circuit has ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional.

Now, allow me to pause and explain something: prohibition of alcohol was constitutional, while the war on drugs is not. How? Because they amended the damn constitution to ban alcohol, while the war on drugs was not. Prop 8 was not a constitutional amendment, therefore, the 9th circuit was absolutely right to declare that no, the two wolves don't get to decide what's for dinner.

Now the republicans are up in arms about "activist judges" rewriting law to suit their bias. Once again, we see where both parties defend and abandon the constitution only when it fits their fucked up views.

Hopefully, this election cycle brings about the death of the democrat and republican parties, much like the 19th century saw the end of the Whigs and Tories. A more honest division of parties would be Socialist and Libertarian.

If not, I don't see how this can end without a civil war.