he War on Drugs is a term that's been used to describe the U.S. government's efforts to combat the illegal drug trade since the 1970s. Despite the government's best efforts, the War on Drugs has been an unmitigated disaster. Not only has it failed to significantly reduce drug use or drug-related crime, but it's also resulted in a host of unintended negative consequences, including increased crime, the rise of organized drug cartels, the erosion of civil liberties, and the overcrowding of prisons. In this article, I'll argue why it's time to end the War on Drugs and embrace a more libertarian conservative approach to drug policy.
The first reason to end the War on Drugs is that it simply hasn't worked. Despite decades of effort and billions of dollars spent, illegal drug use and drug-related crime haven't decreased. Drug-related crime has increased, and the drug trade has become more violent and more lucrative as organized criminal organizations have emerged to fill the demand for illegal drugs. Moreover, the War on Drugs has only served to drive up the price of drugs, making them more profitable for criminal organizations and making it more difficult for people who're struggling with addiction to access the help they need.
The second reason to end the War on Drugs is that it's resulted in a massive increase in government spending and government power. To combat the illegal drug trade, the government has expanded its law enforcement and intelligence agencies, created new criminal laws and sentencing guidelines, and built new prisons to accommodate the growing number of people who're incarcerated for drug-related crimes. As a result, the government now has more power over our lives than ever before, and the cost of the War on Drugs is crippling our economy.
The third reason to end the War on Drugs is that it's resulted in the erosion of civil liberties. To combat drug use, the government has implemented several measures that have infringed upon our rights and freedoms. For example, the government now has the power to search our homes and vehicles without a warrant, seize our property without due process, and detain us for long periods without charge or trial. Additionally, the government has used drug laws to target minority communities, resulting in a disproportionate number of people of color being incarcerated for drug-related crimes.
Finally, the War on Drugs has resulted in the overcrowding of prisons and the creation of a prison industrial complex. To accommodate the growing number of people who're incarcerated for drug-related crimes, the government has built new prisons. As a result, the prison industrial complex has become a powerful lobby that pushes for harsher drug laws and longer sentences. This not only perpetuates the cycle of drug use and crime but also undermines our efforts to reform our criminal justice system and reduce the number of people who are incarcerated in our country.
In conclusion, the War on Drugs has been an unmitigated disaster, resulting in increased crime, the rise of organized drug cartels, the erosion of civil liberties, and the overcrowding of prisons. It's time to end the War on Drugs and embrace a more libertarian conservative approach to drug policy that focuses on reducing drug use and drug-related crime by addressing the root causes of drug addiction and by providing support and resources for those who are struggling with addiction. By doing so, we can reduce government spending, restore our freedoms, and create a more just and equitable society.
Written By: Stephen Despin