Posts Tagged ‘war on drugs’

It’s the Economy Stupid!

December 13, 2012

From far and wide it seems that all we hear is the hue and cry about how to fix the economy. I read about how we should be “fair” about taxing the “rich.”

That’s all fine and good if you are simply stuck on stupid. Think about it people. Who pays the lions share already when it comes to taxes? The upper middle class and the truly wealthy, that’s who. If everyone paid taxes at the same rate, yes, even welfare recipients, there would be no budget crisis. In fact though, taxes would probably drop to levels unheard of in modern times. Even on those of us that really are much better off than the rest of us.

But no, we would rather sit around and play the class warfare game. Answer me this socialist pundits. When was the last time that a poor person gave you a job? Any job, even a poor paying job? It’s called trickle down, or yes, up, economics. The system works, and yes, it is part and parcel of free market economic models. Before the lefty’s jump all over me about how we got into this mess through free market policies just remember that there has never, in all history been a true full economic system. From the Soviet Unions official Black Market to the unofficial black market there was a degree of capitalism at work there. Here in the United States we have onerous regulation that destroys most of what would be described as a free market. Leftest lawmakers dabbled in the free market, and guess what happened? You are living through it! Not to mention that we do indeed have a black market at work here as well. Drugs, weapons, and even tobacco products thrive in the era of taxation beyond the pale.

So what do we do? Turning over our own responsibilities to a bunch of elected officials that really are clueless is not the answer. Revolution, while quite attractive to many, would take generations to achieve the standard of living that we now enjoy to be achieved once again. Compromise, when addressing ones deepest held values is no virtue. In a nation so diverse as The United States those values may indeed be just as diverse. How do we address that Pandora’s box?

I submit that we should look to our own history for the answers to this all. Restore the original intent of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights.

Here are just a few things that would get us headed back on the road to prosperity.

  • Reign in The Supreme Court. Rulings that serve only the interests of government and cronies have destroyed the actual owning of private property. The taking of civil rights for much less than true mental deficiency or felonious behaviors. Forcing the purchase of anything that is a private product that does not involve the safety of others are just a few examples.
  • End the drug war, period. All drugs, period. We could still have purity and efficiency laws for medicinals. Plus we would not be party to making thugs and murderers into millionaires. There will always be alcoholics and drug abusers and gangsters will always find some vehicle of prey but we will not be enablers to that on a national scale.
  • Develop a system whereby elected officials are subject to a performance evaluation that is more than simply winning an election.
  • End the barriers to new political persuasions entering the market of ideas. The Republicans and Democrats have had a free ride for way to long and have done little for anyone but themselves. As in the politicians themselves. Just look at how the Democrat Party has used and abused people of color, and how the Republicans have done the same to the working man.
  • Overhaul the education system here from top to bottom. I should not even begin to have to go into that issue!
  • Community Service: All people, unless gravely disabled, should be required to have spent some time in service to the nation. Be that as a volunteer in EMS, Firefighting, or Armed Forces or Police work. All persons I should reemphasize, no getting out of it because you are the son or daughter of a Senator such as happened all to often during the draft. I myself would like to see a two year mandatory period of service in the armed forces. Right out of High school, no deferments, no straight into any Officers program that includes basic training in Infantry skills. The national bonus to that is obvious. But that is just me.

I am sure that many will argue against what I just offered. Feel free to defend your positions. But, being a Marine Corps Brat, you had better have a better alternative to offer, and not just say that you don’t like this or that.

Keep the shiny side up!


More shenanigans by a Clinton

March 31, 2009

Hillary Clinton is back in full force spreading venom as Secretary of State. While I suppose the Puma’s are proud most people are sane enough to see through this classic smoke screen that politicians are so fond of. Blame the rights of Americans for another nations built in problems. The only thing that this storm has as a silver lining is that many people are finally realizing the absolute futility of the failed War on Drugs. Yes, that’s right, the Democrats are looking to the Libertarians and Conservatives ideas about taking away the incentives that fuel the cartels. The best evaluation for this strategy that I ever found was written by no less than William F. Buckley Jr.

However, that particular bit of enlightenment is heavily outweighed by the methodology that the government is proceeding forward with.

Hillary Clinton praises ineffective 1994 semi-auto ban
“And there’s no doubt in my mind that the 10 years we had an assault weapons ban in America was one of the tools that helped to drive down the crime rate. And we’ve been really fortunate. We changed our policing techniques, which we’re sharing with the Mexicans. We put in more technology, which we’re advising the Mexicans about. But getting those assault weapons off the streets was really helpful.” – Hillary Clinton
Hillary, guns and drugs
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received a minor flurry of criticism for acknowledging that the United States or at least some people in the United States bears some responsibility for the explosion of drug law related violence in Mexico that has left more than 7,000 Mexicans dead since January 2008. The trouble is that she doesn’t seem to be prepared to follow her comments to anything close to their logical implications.

Read About It: FOX News
U.S. freedoms not to blame for Mexico’s drug war
Nobody is surprised that Attorney General Eric Holder wants to make good on his promise to ban guns. We just didn’t know whose tragedy he’d seize to advance his agenda. Now we do. It’s the drug-driven death and violence in Mexico at the hands of ruthless criminal cartels.

Read About It: CNN
Mexico violence mustn’t affect U.S. policy
While it’s good to have more agents trying to interdict the southward flow of weapons into Mexico, the knee jerk response of tightening gun control must be avoided.

Read About It: The El Paso Times

Time is Running Out for President to Free Border Agents

November 12, 2008

Regular readers of this blog are more than well aware that my feelings toward President Bush and his cronies are anything but kind on many issues. Illegal immigration is one of those things and related to that issue is the shear terrorism that the Bush Administration has committed against those that put their lives on the line every single day. When the Justice Department flays those that protect us what is there to fall back upon? The power of the President, that is what. I will not bother with listing what many consider to be abuse of power by past Presidents using the power of the pardon. I seriously doubt that I would live long enough to do so. Not to mention that something like that, by it’s very nature would be quite subjective.

This brings us to the cases of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. The trial was a farce, pure and simple. Those men were railroaded by U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton. I know it, anyone, including President Bush knows it, and now it is past the time to do what is right and correct. President Bush, pardon in full these two brave men that put their butts on the line for the United States of America.

This is yet another bald faced example of the failure of the War on Drugs. No, I am not at all in favor of drug use. I am also very much in favor of line soldiers in that war. In plain English, if you are for this war, you are for making thugs and murderers into wealthy people. That, after all, is the end result of the war on drugs. In more than twenty years working the streets of Denver and the Front Range I saw precisely four, that’s correct four, people that died from taking drugs, or those that were driving while under the influence of drugs. I saw in that same time several Officers from different agencies, Firefighters, and by standers including small children killed or wounded as a direct result of the drug war. It’s time for change alright, change from a policy that was brought upon us by another President.

President Bush needs to step up to the plate and pardon these men.

Read more about this, and how to join the ranks of those that want this travesty reversed click HERE

Drug runner pleads guilty

April 25, 2008

Immigration front: Drug runner pleads guilty

Drug runner Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges last week. Readers will recall that it was Aldrete-Davila who in 2005 fled from two Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. As Ramos and Compean approached Aldrete-Davila’s vehicle, the Mexican national fled toward the border. Ramos and Compean fired 15 rounds at the smuggler at intervals when he turned toward them, but they were unable to capture him before he crossed the border. They returned to his vehicle and found 743 pounds of marijuana. Two weeks later, Aldrete-Davila’s mother called a friend in the U.S. and complained that her son had been shot. A Department of Homeland Security investigator, Christopher Sanchez, contacted Aldrete-Davila and learned that he indeed had been shot in the buttocks.

U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton worked out an immunity deal for the smuggler in exchange for testimony against the two Border agents. Ramos and Compean were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in prison, respectively—a grossly excessive sentence—and began serving those sentences on 17 January 2007. Each man leaves behind a wife and three children. The drug smuggler, however, was caught again soon thereafter and has now pleaded guilty.

Please take a moment to sign Free the Texas Three and Secure our Borders, a national petition calling on President Bush to commute the sentences of both former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean.

Source: Patriot Post

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