I have been ranting about the massive wastes of taxpayer cash like the War on Drugs…….all those billions spent and nothing positive has happened to curb the flow of illegal drugs into the country. If anything a case could be made that this program did more harm than good.
Prohibition comes to mind as an example of the ineffectiveness of a program……War on Drugs was the same results only 50 years later…..some things are NEVER learned.
But if you were to know what the program was really all about then you would be outraged….
Pres. Nixon was determined to have a war to destabilize the growing movements in the US….and thus the laughable program, the War on Drugs, was born……
At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
I must have looked shocked. Ehrlichman just shrugged. Then he looked at his watch, handed me a signed copy of his steamy spy novel, The Company, and led me to the door.
Read more on this absolutely laughable program dreamed up in the mind of an idiot……(scratch idiot insert CROOK)…….
The War on Drugs has done more damage than good….another fine plan by government.
Just another fine example of how a GOPer will dream up crap and then blame the failure on the poor and minorities.
I know let’s hire another one and see what waste of money he can come up with this time. I will bet it will be a hum-dinger!