Tuesday, February 15, 2011

We are exporting our Prohibition Gangland Violence to Mexico

We are exporting our Prohibition Gangland Violence to Mexico
"We can't win the future with a government of the past."
PRESIDENT OBAMA, in his State of the Union address.
      After several decades, Drug Laws have become a failure in North America and elsewhere, as drug smuggling, growing, and refining become widespread and organized crime takes control of the distribution. Does this remind you of Prohibition?  Sometimes violent Growers, Producers and Distributors in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean flourish as their products are illegally imported to the U.S.  The Mexico - Texas and California borders have become notorious as a haven for Drug Violence.  “More than 12,000 people have died this year (2010) in Mexico's drug war.[1]  “More than 30 business and civic groups took out full-page advertisements in newspapers pleading with the country's leaders to bring the mayhem under control.[2]

     We are EXPORTING violence to Mexico to prolong the ill-fated attempt to cure Drug abuse by making Drug use a CRIME instead of treating the victims.  With Drug Law enforcement we are halfway between Harry J. Anslinger[3] and Stanton Peele.[4]  We are still too close to the hysteria of Anslinger’s Reefer Madness[5] and have not yet come to the true understanding of Peele’s “The Meaning of Addiction”.[6]  We are dragging Mexico, South America and large portions of Europe down with us in this ill-advised Drug Law / War of Addiction.

     On a separate note, I would contend that we do not have any individual rights in this country, "Everybody, BUT the innocent victim, has “ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY" for the deprivation of rights; but that is another story.

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Corridor of Violence: the Guatemala - Honduras Border - The International Crisis Group (ICG), 2014

[1]MEXICO UNDER SIEGE:  More than 12,000 killed in Mexican drug war this year, officials say” December 16, 2010|By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
[2] ibid.
[3] Harry Jacob Anslinger (May 20, 1892 – November 14, 1975) held office as the first Commissioner of the Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) on August 12, 1930 until 1962. One of his first major accomplishments was the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937
[4] Stanton Peele, Ph. D., J.D., (born January 8, 1946) is a licensed psychologist, attorney, practicing psychotherapist and the author of books and articles on the subject of alcoholism, addiction and addiction treatment.
[5] Reefer Madness (originally released as Tell Your Children) is a well known 1936 American exploitation film revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school students are lured by pushers to try "marihuana" — from a hit and run accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and descent into madness.  Such education-exploitation films were common in the years following adoption of the stricter version of the Production Code in 1934. Other films included Esper's Marihuana (1936) and Elmer Clifton's Assassin of Youth (1937), and the subject of cannabis was particularly popular in the hysteria surrounding Anslinger's 1937 Marihuana Tax Act.
[6] Peele admits to an Unconventional View; you have to approach his work with an open mind.  Peele’s seminal work is “The Meaning of Addiction” (1985/1998).
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