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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:07 PM
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Why do I support Kucinich? Here's one reason why:
Drug War
Submitted by kucinich.us on November 16, 2006 - 12:17.

April 2006

My position on this issue is to face it directly, though other politicians run away from it. I agree with the many law enforcement officials and experts in the field that we must find a new way of dealing with illegal drugs.

I have studied the issue for decades and recognize that our "War on Drugs" has failed. In fact, because our War on Drugs drives up the price, it encourages violence. Prohibition simply doesn't work. It only creates thousands and thousands of Al Capones. Prison should be for people who hurt other people, not themselves. We don't jail people for merely drinking. We jail people when they drink and drive or hurt another human.

Drug use can and should be reduced. But a continuation of our current War on Drugs will not do it. Instead, the current policies have only helped increase drug use and foster violence across the country. California was able to cut teenage tobacco use in half with a straightforward ad campaign that was financed by a tax on cigarettes. Not a shot was fired.

(snip)


http://kucinich.us/issues/drugwar.php

More have died from drug violence stemming from its illegality than have died from overdoses...the drug war is a JOKE, and dangerous.

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The Traveler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:45 PM
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1. Yer damn right, Taverner
Dennis is in my view one of the most intellectually honest and logical thinkers in the country. I myself am not sure he is executive material, but I like him. One of the things I like about him is that he is unafraid to abandon policies that are not working.
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