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.