Guardian op ed pulling no punches on Trump's war on drugs.
I would bet the ranch it was not.
Guardian op ed pulling no punches on Trump's war on drugs.
Hello, hello? What's going on? What's all this shouting, we'll have no trouble here!
- E Tattsyrup.
And Canada doesn't want Stu driving high.
That's not to say drugs are bad, some drugs are, some drugs aren't. But they most certainly don't affect "everyone".
Is this someone who takes a tab occasionally weekend at a gig or someone who mills through a couple of grams of coke a week. Or some guy who gets paralytic every Friday?
And what does being a white suburbanites have to do with anything?
My experience of drugs in Dublin is counter-intuitive. I grew up in a poor, working [sic]-class suburb of Dublin which was rife with heroin.
Bar the odd neighbour having an addiction it never actually affected me or was in my life for a second.
However, going to college and hanging out with my "white suburbanite" friends from apparent "upstanding families", exposed me to them on a more regular basis.
Would I say there's a drug problem in Dublin? No, because it depends on the drug, your definition of problem and whether it affects you or not.
America is not suffering from a drug problem either. It's suffering from a civilized breakdown and drugs, booze and violence are the symptoms of this.
I was in Amsterdam over this past week, a city widely considered to be more lenient on narcotics than most and possibly the drugs capital of Europe. I would never have considered myself in any danger at any point either.
The "War on Drugs" has been consistently ridiculed as a war on poor black people in the States. Which it is. America needs a war on something at all times or else it will cease to be America.
DID YOU NOTICE A SIGN OUTSIDE MY HOUSE...?
The war on pharmaceuticals is far more important than the war on street drugs in my opinion. Until we figure out that it makes sense to decriminalize and/or legalise and/or regulate (and tax), recreational and street drugs will be fact of life in every country, not just the States, so you have to just accept that it will always be there until our policymakers start thinking about this in a different way. So I agree with Bonnie to that extent.
However, I do disagree a little bit in that to just accept that it exists as long as it doesn't affect you doesn't mean that a person, neighbourhood, class, society doesn't have a problem with these drugs. It is a bit selfish. In all my trips to Dublin I have seen working class junkies and upper class cokeheads all too regularly. Wandering about like zombies in town or acting like arseholes in pubs and clubs. Both these examples cause different emotions in me (sympathy v anger to simplify). I class both examples as a problem and I would like to see our leaders do something that acknowledges it and takes a different approach to resolving it. Fighting it doesn't work and causes more misery and crime and violence. The definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake over and over and expecting different results. That is what this war on drugs is.
On the other hand there are the illegal street drugs coming from Mexico via Colombia and other parts. Just an update on that - Trump administration is on the verge of declaring MS 13 (El Salvadorian drug gang) as a terrorist organization. That will mean they'll be able to take the fight to El Salvador and Mexico in search of these drug lords.
Hyperbole will destroy the world.
As for the article - some interesting points but an awful lot of splitting hairs.
Just so you know, MS 13 which this article speaks about is a very dangerous gang with some 10,000 organized members across the US.
Their recent exploits - four teenagers killed in Long Island. Two more in same location last November / December.
Two girls raped and murdered in Texas at the end of last year.
A 14 year old girl raped by two gang in a school bathroom in Baltimore area six weeks ago (by an 18 year old and 17 year old whom some genius school official decided to put in class of younger girls to learn English).
And let's not forget the call police in Georgia got a couple of months back to say there was a domestic dispute at a house. When they arrived a 16 year old MS teenager was holding his mother's head in one hand and a machete in another.
Just a few facts that you should know.
In other news - you can expect a big anti-Trump rally tomorrow (Saturday) as Earth Day kicks off in the US. Why would an oil pipe line coming from the Dakotas to Texas garner so much hatred across the country?
It wouldn't - there's a lot more to the story that they'll never tell you.
And also at the weekend a conservative speaker, Anne Coulter, is scheduled to speak at Berkley University. It has the potential to be a wild scene as the brainwashed students and George Soros mobsters
will not be able to bear hearing ideas from anyone that their professors don't approve of.
And next Wednesday is a big day. That's when President Trump is scheduled to roll out a new tax cut deal.
Say what you want about him but he is doing a lot more work than any president I can remember.
With all the focus on the liberal outlets, this is a fascinating piece on the impact of Trump and his victory on the conservative wing of MSM.
"How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media"
While both Fox and Breitbart have undergone modest adjustments since Trump took office, his victory has thrown old-line conservative media into a state of genuine crisis. The conservative elite represented by the Wall Street Journal editorial page—whose hawkish, free-market views enjoyed outsize influence in previous Republican administrations—is now struggling to figure out what, exactly, its role is in the Trump era. After helping lay the groundwork for many of the policies of the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, the elite conservative media have no place in the Trump White House. “They’re like the Catholic Church during the Great Schism, plagued by deep internal feuding, dancing on the head of a pin because they’re not important anymore,” says one executive of Dow Jones, the paper’s parent company, which is also run by Murdoch.