John McCain Wants to Ramp Up War on Drugs

Sen. John McCain, who thankfully appears to have little chance of winning his party's nomination, let alone the Presidency, is now advocating stepping up the domestic war on drugs.

We are creating the demand. We are creating the demand for these drugs coming across our border, which maybe means that we should go back more trying to make some progress and in telling Americans, particularly young Americans, that the use of drugs is a terrible thing for them to do," he said.

Yes, lets jail some more non-violent drug offenders, that will work. (strong sarcasm.)

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    Hey Johnny.... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 10:07:04 AM EST
    The use of bombs is a terrible thing for you to do....never stopped you govt. guys.

    DEA.... (none / 0) (#2)
    by desertswine on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 10:26:19 AM EST
    arrests paraplegic, drug war insane.

    well, yeah, (none / 0) (#3)
    by cpinva on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 10:54:34 AM EST
    it's a lot easier to arrest some guy with a nickel bag, than to actually do the hard work of constructively dealing with the country's problems.

    they're probably easier to catch than say, oh, i don't know, osama bin laden maybe?

    really, isn't it time sen. mccain retired to miami beach or something?

    Alcohol and nicotine addiction? (none / 0) (#4)
    by BlueAubie on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 11:08:00 AM EST
    What would alcohol and nicotine cost on the black market if their use was subject to the same sentences.  How much theft would result to pay the high prices.  How much homelessness would result of workers fired for an illegal addiction.  How many people would be killed by organized crime.  

    No, McCain seem perfectly satisfied with functioning addictions to alcohol and nicotine, and the heavy tax revenues they bring in.  

    If conservatives had to choose between decriminalization for all drugs, or harsh sentences for all, I wonder if they would see the light.  

    Alcohol Prohibition was a failure.  Nicotine is a huge killer but has always been legal.  How anyone sees our current prohibitions as a success is beyond me.  There is no rhyme or reason in our drug policies, just politics.

    Huge damage (none / 0) (#5)
    by koshembos on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 01:35:42 PM EST
    What the McCains never see is the colossal damage they cause to our society. We are now a jail nation, as a result, we have heavy millions of disenchanted citizens and their families.

    glass houses (none / 0) (#6)
    by Joe Bob on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 02:33:50 PM EST
    McCain should also tell young Americans that forging prescriptions and abusing prescription tranquilizers is a terrible thing to do. Yes, I mean you Cindy McCain.

    Of course, she's not some trashy street drug user, so she deserves to be sentenced to treatment and pre-trial diversion. Not like all those other bad, bad people.

    Come to think of it..... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 02:38:37 PM EST
    the use of the police force to intimidate people into not using drugs is a terrible thing to do too Mr. McCain.

    He hasn't learned a thing (none / 0) (#8)
    by SeeEmDee on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 04:15:56 PM EST
    The so-called conservatives (real ones would have nothing to do with a 'war on drugs') never seem to learn the lessons of history. Even those who've been personally scarred by that history keep repeating its' mistakes because they seem fundamentally incapable of jettisoning their treasured illusions in the face of reality.

    The DrugWar is like a guerilla insurgency: you can't tell the players even with a playbook, thanks to the very nature of the conflict. The corruption of it is like the pervasive influence of the Viet Cong in the early days of the Viet Nam War; it was everywhere, corroding the official efforts to stamp it out with extraordinary ease, because in a true paradox, the 'enemy' is actually the populace itself, as well as many of its' supposed 'defenders' (i.e. a dirty cop, judge, lawyer,  pol, etc. cop in the cartel's employ).  

    The 'insurgent' aspect of the DrugWar, like a real war, is plain for any to see, and those who have had experience with it - particularly those who bear it's wounds - ought to know better than to mouth this blather. But the political environment is always trailing years behind the citizenry; the pols always seem to be the last to figure out that something doesn't work long until after Regular Joes have tumbled to it. Some things never change...

    Oh But He Has (none / 0) (#9)
    by squeaky on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 04:25:18 PM EST
    Learned. He's learned that the WOD hot button is a crowd pleaser. He will promise all the parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, siblings and distant relatives that he will stop their youngfolk from exposure to drugs by eliminating them and putting all the sellers and users in jail.

    He needs a new theme like the WOD 'cause he is floundering.


    i think squeaky's (none / 0) (#10)
    by cpinva on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 11:50:28 PM EST
    on target:

    He needs a new theme like the WOD 'cause he is floundering.

    sen. "straight talk" mccain is a media creation, nothing more. they like him, because he tells them how wonderful they are. beyond that, there's little substance.

    this is mccain's last hurrah, he'll be gone by the end of the year.

    Like all right-wingers (none / 0) (#11)
    by aahpat on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 08:15:02 AM EST
    John McCain knows that no right-winger can win a national election in America without first disenfranchising as many people as possible.

    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both promise more aggressive drug war too. What does that tell us about them?

    I have boycotted voting for drug warriors since 1996. Both Democrat and Republican. Since no Democrat or Republican drug war opponent seems to have a hair width of a chance of winning this election I will be voting for Ralph Nader, AGAIN! He has no chance of winning but he carrying the message more clearly than do the Democrats and Republicans.

    A vote for the Libertarians, Greens or Nader Independents all send the clear message that voters will no longer tolerate the terrorist fuding, crime fostering drug war.

    Send your representatives in congress and in the two dominance parties a clear message that you want the drug war ended. If they don't hear it from us they won't hear it.

    Yet More Elected Voices Question War On Drugs

    "...the United States Conference of Mayors believes the war on drugs has failed.."

    McCain reclaiming the right-wing (none / 0) (#12)
    by aahpat on Wed Sep 05, 2007 at 09:09:36 AM EST
    From Hillary and Barack who both advocate more drug war.