There are 400,000 people in prison or jail in the U.S. right now for non-violent drug crimes. Not enough. Chain gangs, executions, destroying the countries that are growing or smuggling the drugs. In short, let's get serious.
The first issue would be passing the laws that would describe these new penalties.
Since we've already have civil forfeiture, we could just expand that program, taking the property and assets of more suspected drug sellers, users, their families without bothering to charge them or convict them. That's already in place. I'm sure no one is ever innocently a victim of an aggressive government policy.
With the new 3 strikes and you're executed laws, the communities that see the police as the enemy would have confirmation. Not everyone will cheer when their mother is summarily shot. Or their brother, sister, uncle, aunt, etc. Some might take umbrage. No problem, as you can shoot them too.
And you will have destroyed the last vestiges of the very thing you are fighting to save. Having turned the police into the Gestapo, the people become the suspects and the system serves the State.
Next, we could tackle declaring war, or at least getting Congressional approval, for the invasion and destruction of the offending foreign states. Then it's gloves off. We can make Mexico look like the charred remnants of a brush fire. Kill everyone in Panama and leave it to wildlife. That will stop the flow of drugs.
My idea isn't going to win the day. The United States isn't going to legalize drugs. It isn't going to decriminalize anything but pot anytime soon. The most I can hope for is some diversionary programs that keep non-violent drug users out of prisons. And I don't want to do that because I give a rat's ass about the users. I want to do it because it's expensive to house and feed them in prison. This isn't about empathy. It's about economics. The $31 billion we spent on this failed policy this year. The estimated $1 trillion we have spent since Nixon.
But the other idea isn't going to win the day either. The United States isn't going to burn Mexico or kill everyone in Panama. And they aren't going to put
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