Media outlets are alive with the news that Mexico’s PRI party, thrown out in 2000 after seven decades of power, is back in with the election of Pena Nieto as President. This vote is counter-intuitive to the broad acceptance that it was a party of corruption and repression. PRI promises that it is reformed, but most likely the win is based on PRI’s promise to reduce violence — America fears that it won’t go toe to toe with the drug cartels.
As quoted in the Los Angeles Times: Cesar Santiago, wearing a red hard hat adorned with a PRI sticker, said a Peña Nieto win would bring improvements to the country’s lethargic economy and reduce violence. “It was a failure,” Santiago said of the drug war. “It should have been better planned, with a better strategy.”
Basically, Mexico may be done fighting America’s drug war. By now, we should all realize that the drug war is a massive failure. Approximately 50% of the people incarcerated in our over-crowded jails are there for victimless crimes. According to the US Office of Drug Control Policy, in just the first six months of this year we have spent in excess of $20 billion fighting the drug war; the federal government alone spends at a rate exceeding $500 a second. We are winning the drug war like we won the Vietnam War.
This quote is from the 1%’s Old Testament, Forbes : Albert Einstein is reported to have said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By this definition, the drug war is insane. We are no safer, and we are certainly less free because of concerted efforts to wage war on drugs. It’s time to stop the insanity and end prohibition.
Marco Rubio says that Massachusetts residents can move if they don’t like Romney care. People who are pro-life can now move to Mississippi.
So why not make Texas, the birthplace of most of our nation’s insanity, be the only place where marijuana is NOT legal. The federales shouldn’t fight a drug war that only affects one state, and Texans can deputize all of their gun packing citizens and line them up at the border. This will help them with their health care issues — with 27% of their citizens uninsured, they rank #1 in that category in the country… so draft those people in the drug war first.
The rest of the states can immediately reduce violence dependent on illegal drugs sales, reap taxes to repair roads, have money to help fight addition. The Federal government can begin to address the deficit without actually harming anyone. We can stop lying to ourselves. We can stop looking like fools on the world stage.
So let’s see what happens when, as American authorities evidently fear, Pena Nieto refuses to go toe-to-toe with the cartels. We can take the hint and play it smart, or we can play it dumb, as usual.
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Gloria. Circa 1955.
Gloria. Circa 2012.
Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.