Comments on: Obama and the failed war on drugs http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:18:20 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: BajaArizona http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2498 Thu, 03 May 2012 07:30:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2498 The simple reality is that if Obama proposes an end, or even a cease fire, to the War on Drugs, he will be eaten alive by his political opponents. He will lose on every other policy front and certainly not win reelection. This is not his fault. It is our faults. If enough of us change, he would go along.

For this reason, I’ve long maintained that the first president to push for an end to our current approach will have to be a Republican. Just as only long-time “commie fighter” Nixon could go to China, only a politician with solid conservative credibility will be able to cede the point. It’s either that, or we wait until another generation comes along who are educated on the issue.

Human ignorance truly is awful.

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By: ARJTurgot2 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2455 Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:19:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2455 “The War on Drugs is an attack on the American people that primarily effects people of color. ”

So Obama’s now a racist against “people of color” by continuing the policy? I figured someone would eventually get around to accusing even him of it, just didn’t see it coming from the drug policy.

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By: Valorie http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2448 Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:16:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2448 Don’t blame Obama?? Don’t blame Obama for flipflopping on his own stance on marijuana? He used it himself and knows that the propaganda about it is false. Yes, the DEA, cops, and prisons make money, but guess who is behind a partnership for for a drug free America? The alcohol and tobacco companies!!!!!! (of course!) As if THEY aren’t drugs of the worst caliber, and kill more than 200,000 people every year 30,000 of which are INNOCENT bystanders whereas pot has not one documented death attributed to it’s usage unless you count someone who goes to prison and gets killed as a result. But, let’s not let the facts get in the way of political lunacy. When the marijuana users outnumber all the other people who are against it’s use and we all come out of hiding and in great force and numbers and march for our civil liberties (WHO ARE WE HURTING….FOR GOD’S SAKE, SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY A 54 YEAR OLD OTHERWISE LAW ABIDING, TAX PAYING CITIZEN SHOULD FEEL LIKE A CRIMINAL?) then and only then will this nonsense end. I cannot stand the hypocrisy of a country that shows alcohol commercials like it’s the the greatest social drink on the planet, when we all know how much misery the abuse of it causes, while making something like marijuana illegal and the only thing that abusing it will cause is the munchies or make you too sleepy to stay up late. It doesn’t make people lazy just because some lazy people use it either. Anything can be abused, even food (as we ALL know) but, that is no reason to ban it for the people who can and will use it responsibly (just like the beer ads remind us)

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By: ARJTurgot2 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2442 Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:15:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2442 “His administration has not put its money where its mouth is.”

Why should he? He can simply raise taxes and put other peoples’ money where his mouth is.

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By: Dahc http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2437 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:41:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2437 What I find interesting yet hypocritical is that everyone talks about Obama not doing this or not doing that, he’s failed, get him out, etc etc. Hasn’t all this happened before with prior presidents and or leaders?? “Obama and the failed war on drugs”. This is not an “obama” problem, its a problem that has plagued the US for decades. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes millions to “raise a nation” not just one person or president. Stop looking to one person for all the answers and look for change in YOU first. Changing our way of thinking and feelings for one another is and will be the FIRST step to prosperity. Anything else is just wishful thinking and pipe-dreaming. We are dealing with issues of morality across the board.

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By: DifferentOne http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2434 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:20:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2434 Americans look to the President for a sense of direction. A few well-chosen words from him could have an enormous impact, and open the door to change. Unfortunately, Obama’s direction on drug policy has been uninspiring, unimaginative, and unhelpful.

Perhaps it should be the South American leaders who should draft a new drug law for the USA. Or a private organization such as NORML could do it. Sadly, no USA politician seems to have the courage.

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By: TobyONottoby http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2433 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 23:24:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2433 Might be worth noting that it is legislators who craft legislation in the USA as a whole, and even in the individual states, be they ever so haughty. You could elect presidents and governors who share your views on everything (given sufficiently advanced science to clone your political self as needed) from now to forever, and it wouldn’t change a thing as long as the legislators remained the type we are now accustomed to electing. You might therefore wish that more attention were paid to the “down ticket” races. Not to worry. Usually when that happens, we get worse legislators. Take the Tea Party, for example.

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By: TobyONottoby http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2432 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:40:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2432 Prohibition with respect to alcohol is still the law in many counties of many states (http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/5 9624000/gif/_59624794_us_drink_map_v6_62 4.gif). Good luck legalizing cannabis, cocaine, heroin, etc. If anything, the American drug warriors are weakening the lines on the contraceptive front. As the USA is a republic, where legislators serve only so long as they are elected, you can thank your fellow Americans for this state of affairs.

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By: GetReallyReal http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2430 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:52:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2430 Nonsense, blame all the other clown presidents that came before him, too. You want to get to the heart of this? Ban all cash transactions greater than $2500. Easily done with the tools we have today. How are you going to launder money with that limitation? It will probably force a lot of illegal activity to cease, at least temporarily.

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By: DifferentOne http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/2012/04/16/obama-and-the-failed-war-on-drugs/#comment-2428 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:21:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/bernddebusmann/?p=492#comment-2428 Obama has betrayed the voters who supported him. He promised hope and change, but delivered mostly the status quo. He sold his soul to retain power. In in doing so, he has demoralized everyone who hoped for change. Will they now believe it is pointless to vote, since even the most inspiring politician cannot be trusted?

Too bad Romney will likely be the only alternative in this year’s election. He is nothing but a rich man’s candidate.

What America needs now is a liberal presidential candidate who has courage, conviction, and imagination. Hopefully, such a third candidate will emerge.

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