Skip to comments.Tancredo Says It's Time To Legalize Drugs; Former Congressman Says Drug War Lost
Posted on 05/21/2009 10:27:30 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
DENVER -- Admitting that it may be "political suicide" former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo said its time to consider legalizing drugs.
He spoke Wednesday to the Lincoln Club of Colorado, a Republican group that's been active in the state for 90 years. It's the first time Tancredo has spoken on the drug issue. He ran for president in 2008 on an anti-illegal immigration platform that has brought him passionate support and criticism.
Tancredo noted that he has never used drugs, but said the war has failed.
"I am convinced that what we are doing is not working," he said.
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the proof is that prices keep getting lower....meaning every year the supply is greater.....
And he would nuke mecca....he’s got my vote...
So is the war on poverty. What do we do about that? While we’re at it, Harry Reid says the War in Iraq is LOST. What are we doing still there? In addition, we no longer fight “terrorists” so why are we still in the mid-east?
Point is, every time some dumb-assed politician speaks, we don’t have to consider what he says as truthful.
I guess this means Tancredo is angling for the Libertarian nomination in ‘12.
I’ll guess this may be a long & heated thread.
No taxes involved, I’m sure.
The drug war is lost for losers (on drugs). Sorry Tom. I don’t buy it.
All of the civil liberties that we have lost in recent times has been at the feet of the great War on (some) Drugs.
Currently Barry the Kenyan is trying to get us to buy into the idea that all the guns in Mexico is our fault so as to sing us onto some UN gun ban treaty.
Good ole war on drugs here...
Does Tancredo want to legalize illegal aliens as well? Just as strong a case could be made we’ve lost that war too.
It’ll take firearms and/or clear-thinking rational minds to turn this socialist ship of state around.
Good grief....Colorado Republicans have nothing better to work on?
Of course...Republicans are more comfortable in the minority.
Yep. The single greatest argument to end the “war on drugs” is that by doing so, we eliminate all this “no knock warrant” BS, as well as people (and their dogs) being shot on “tips” from some mid-level dope peddler who wants to weasel out of a stiff sentence for dealing who is called a “confidential informant” by the Feds or local LEO’s.
I can tally up the loss of liberty due to the WOD without even thinking about it:
- traffic stops
- dope sniffing dogs become a DIY warrant
- no-knock raids on houses (indeed, the very concept of a no-knock warrant)
- asset forfeiture
- financial laws against money laundering, the “know your customer” crap at banks
- thermal imaging of your house, looking for dope growing operations
- and the warrantless scans of utility bills
That’s just off the top of my head.
Tancredo’s right again. We, here in CO, need to make him a Senator.
Let’s see. He avoided the draft, was a public school teacher and wants to legalize meth, pot and heroine. No-go!
Really? What have we done to fight that war? How many billions have been spent? I don't think you have any case at all.
really? is this his new big issue?? I thought the big issue was that we have a looter government attempting to bankrupt the nation
I disagree. The war on poverty is over, and we won.
The "war on poverty" metaphor worked when there were millions of Americans without basic shelter, running water, sanitation and electricity, and malnutrition was commonplace. Today, America's "poor" have decent housing, most with cars and color TV, and their primary nutritional problem is obesity.
The problems today are caused by a lack of family and community, caused in no small measure by the government programs that were designed to -- and succeeded in -- solving yesterday's problems. The solution is not more of the same.
The War on (some) Drugs is a different animal, and was wrong-headed from the beginning. Addiction is first and foremost a public health problem, not a criminal justice problem. Treatment is far from perfect, but it's a damn sight more effective than imprisonment, and at a fraction of the cost.
Instead of attacking the demand side of the equation, the neoprohibitionists have spent more than half a century focusing solely on the supply. After untold trillions of dollars spent and lives ruined by thoughtless "zero tolerance" policies and mandatory sentences, the drug warriors are still getting bitch-slapped by the Invisible Hand. There is no reason to believe that any amount of money, manpower or legislation will fill that bottomless pit, and yet we keep shoveling.
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