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Commentary ::
15 Jul 2004
As John Kerry becomes more of a serious contender for US president in the opinions of the main stream media, the drug war rages on. Taking a liberal or leftist position at this time would not be politicaly correct for Kerry.
The term "not politicaly correct", as used in this article and the famous statement by Bill Clinton indicates taking a position that will not help you get elected. Mass appeal can be very helpful when campaigning for a nationwide election.

Despite Kerry's association with low life drug warriors in the past, his potential new job as president may be short lived lest he flip flop and begin to add realism to US drug and federal police policy in general, as he has proposed in his strategy for the Iraq situation. Realism is best practiced when the user is well informed.

Politicaly damaging an incumbent Democratic president is like shooting fish in a barrel, so perhaps Kerry will get real if elected. The right wing will surely continue their battle to disrupt the will of the people and the Democratic party, and if the grassroots liberals have to put pressure on Kerry about the drug war, he might be destined to live up to the disappointing expectations of many who anticipate a non-progressive, moderate Kerry administration.

The drug war has changed a lot since Ronald Reagan used it to dominate the judical system and all law enforcement officials at every level of government. The GOP and conservative Democrats have proceeded to use this same type of war politics to determine the outcome of criminal court proceedings without considering the merits of every case. This represents the complete obliteration of the judicial system as defined by the US constitution and the morality of intelligent human beings.

I have included some positive suggestions that will become voter demands in the event that Kerry wins. If Kerry loses I will have to seriously consider running for president myself.

The timing of implementing these suggestions will have to be carefully considered by an incoming president. Other issues like securing loyalty among the military and protecting the weapons caches might be more pressing. International diplomacy and pressing global issues will also be impossible to ignore. Another grave danger will be the corporate para-military powers that will have to be dealt with.

My suggestions concerning the drug war include the following:

On the issue of drug testing. All employers, managers, and employees should not be allowed to deny work to marijuana smokers until these employers are tested for various prescription drugs including, antipsychotics, antidepressants, and any other drug used for any reason that has a direct and intentional effect on the chemicals in the brain. Potential employees should not be subjected to drug testing if their employers are held to the same standards.

On the issue of marijuana. Marijuana should be completely legalized for adults for the purpose of medical, psychiatric, and recreational use.

Amnesty should be offered to drug warriors and confirmed during a series of visits by the president or a high level cabinet member in riot gear and accompanied by the US military. Drug warriors include the federal police agencies, state, county and local police. Also prosecuters, judges, and private attorneys who have cooperated with the drug war. Those not willing to declare their loyalty to this nation and accept the amnesty should be considered hostile enemies who have waged war against the United States and subsequently prosecuted by the federal government.

Amnesty should be offered to all convicts serving time in prisons or jails for misdemeanor drug offenses and felony drug offenses unrelated to other crimes.

On the issue of other drugs, treatment should be the primary goal of government efforts to solve the social problems related to drug use rather than hard line prosecuters and judges who continue to fill our prisons with addicts.

I would also suggest making public the actions of the cooperate and tell program used by the federal police, pardoning those convicted using the tactics, and prosecuting those responsible for implementing COandTEL.

If every judge, policeman, federal agent, and prosecuter in this whole nation had to be replaced, the country will not fall apart and the economy in general would benefit.

Reforming our government and inspiring a responsible type of capitalism in our nation will remain impossible until the drug war is over.

Oh yeah, and I would like to collect my 25 million dollars please.

by Albert Kada
That which walks upright on two legs is a terrorist.

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15 Jul 2004
kum by yah.....
"ERB" is the future!
15 Jul 2004
Drugs suck. Drug testing sucks! If these politicians want to test everybody? Test themselves first! Then test all CEO's, managers, foreman, etc...before the common worker. Equality for all! Right?
As for weed?
I used to toke. Not anymore. I don't see the big problem with weed. It's not alcohol. Drunks kill more on the road than any other drug. In fact, drunks cause over 50% of auto accidents every year.
Leave the tokers alone. The only problem I see with weed? Over weight people.
Myself? I enjoy being straight. I guess after 30 years of toking? The last three have been an eye opener! (I've found reading a high!)
Peace to you tokers out there!