Not China, not Brazil, not Russia: it's the "drug war" in the United States.
Those figures above do not count people who are pushing drugs to kids on the street, or drug kingpins. Hundreds of thousands of people are in jail with long sentences for "consensual" or "victimless" crimes such as drug possession or distributing drugs to friends.* It may be wrong, but does it make sense to put people away for decades for crimes like this? How does it help us? Even after locking up about a million people for drug and drug-related crimes, drugs continue to become more available. 1 in 9 children in America today have one or both parents in jail.* We're destroying our society with the drug war.
If the American people knew about it, they'd be so outraged that it would end almost immediately. And yet the facts are readily available and indisputable. So why don't people know about it, and why aren't they screaming for it to stop?
Campaign 2000 is shaping up to be a one man race, with G.W.Bush towering above all other candidates. No doubt, he'll be our next president. But he seems to have drugs in his past. People should keep asking him all through the campaign, "If you got involved with drugs, but had your chance to grow up, why shouldn't others?" We are going to start raising money on the web site to fund campaign ads to this end.
Bush's past drug use must be put into the context of cases like the following:
Turns out his friend was recently caught with drugs and is working for the government. Together, Joey's friend and his prosecutor are desperately trying to find (or create) other drug dealers. When Joey sells the sheet of acid he is arrested, and eventually sentenced to 10 years, according to the mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
spent $100,000 dollars trying to make a deal with the government on Joey's
behalf. The government told Joey's dad, James, that if he was able to
find another drug dealer (any drug dealer) that Joey could go free. James
spent $70,000 to locate and pay underworld characters for information
about a drug deal, and turned that information over to the prosecutor.
But the prosecutor then said the deal was off and that he "didn't
care how long your son is in jail."
* See November.org's well sourced fact page.