What you are saying mostly makes sense. You sound like a libertarian. LOL Sorry. That just strikes me as funny to say about you. Chris
With what I just wrote I do not doubt your confusion. Libertarians have a lot of good ideas but the basis of their good ideas is wrong in my opinion. Having listened to Libertarians here and at old MacCentral I lean towards the speech of Libertarian but when it comes down to the rubber hitting the road I am completely unwilling to throw out the government we have or to pare it down.
I do want drugs to be legal. It just makes too much sense. The money we spend to fill half our prisons with drug offenders is a part. Destroying Columbia, Mexico, supplying the Taliban with money in Afghanistan another. Heroin and cocaine should be regulated and legal. Add it all up and the crime and death of the war we are having is ridiculous.
But really I am not something radical. I believe in a constitutional democracy that was formed with the union of the first 13 states. Electing politicians using intelligence and a populace that is smart and driven by truth is the way to go. I want those politicians to tax me in an intelligent way. I have been getting Bush tax breaks for the past 8 years and it makes me sick.
So I am libertarian oriented who like taxes and politicians. Both do good. For the most part I am Noam Chomsky. He hasn't come up with an argument in thirty years that ultimately I cannot more than agree with. It just takes me a little more time than Noam.
but are you going to sell crack and heroin ? acid ? I don't think that'll be as successful as you think. Just like booze, older teens will give them to younger teens. Do we want that ? create a drug addict you create poverty and ignorance.
Look at the whole picture. Do you want what we have now where no laws mean anything to those teenagers? That the only way to make money is to be outside the law? Drug addicts do not create poverty and ignorance. Ignorance creates poverty and drugs.
Educate, regulate, take control like gin and cigarettes. Tax, regulate and educate. Given heroin, cigarettes, cocaine, LSD and gin there is one that I would outlaw or tax and regulate so heavily that it would be used by only the very very stupid. That would be cigarettes. It is the only one that very definitely kills you.
Or go ahead and keep filling out prisons with drug arrests. Keep killing people with drive bys driven by drug turf. Keep ruining whole nations like Mexico and Columbia and Afghanistan.
I eloped 20 years ago in San Diego, then had a party in Tijuana and down the coast. I can't do that on our 20th anniversary because we might get shot. Why? Because the war on drugs in the United States is more than useless.
I agree to a certain extent on the concept of eliminating the black market. Not too sure how regulating, processing and distributing the harder drugs, like coke, heroin, meth and some of the newer designer drugs could work. If it was just weed the decision should be pretty easy. Agreed it is not good we have so many drug offenders in prison there is not enough room for the more violent ones.
Libertarians also used to hold more hope for me. I wouldn't mind less government, but doing away with most layers of government would probably not work out too well at this stage of the game. Chaos comes to mind.
[censored] by cowing down to an determined enemy <-- thats is well up to you, so please fly up there and turn yourself in so Al-Queda could make a spectacle of you. I myself would rather fight to the end if needed and I hope it does not come to that. However I will fight and you can turn tail and run like a chicken.
After all you preach the talk about your distrust of religion - yet you are willing to let a (hard Core) fundamentalist religion culture (terrorist) dictate to the world on who we should bow too, is rather funny, coming from you.
As for the Korean conflict and Vietnam. We all know that was about the expansion of Communism and atrocities.
Anyway. We lost one and drew a draw on the other. You can look at South Korea and then look at North Korea and decide for yourself, which people are better off.
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I think the "Saudi Arabia" of lithium is bigger than Wikileaks.
Iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium that are essential to modern industry have a lot more gravity than war crimes, corruption, incompetence, etc. It just takes more money to smooth things over. So yeah, there's nowhere to go but down the shaft.
BTW: For the 2010 fiscal year, the president's base budget of the Department of Defense rose to $533.8 billion. Adding spending on "overseas contingency operations" brings the sum to $663.8 billion. Defense-related expenditures outside of the Department of Defense range from $216 billion and $361 billion in additional spending, bringing the total for defense spending to between $880 billion and $1.03 trillion in fiscal year 2010.
OK, so the entire world ( including U.S. ) spent $1.53T in military spending in 2009, so the 2010 U.S. expenditure is a little over 1/2 to 2/3 of the total world expenditure. China was second craziest in 2009 with $100B, France $64B, UK $58B, mighty scary Russia $53B. It's a nice racket for the U.S. military-industrial complex. The machine's falling apart, though, like other institutions.
OK, so with the non-NATO rest of the world probably at $300B or less, and with the results these guys have been getting, you would think these guys would clue in that war don't work no more. It don't frickin work no more. It's probably a way to lose, bigtime. Bigtime fail.
I bow to no religion. That a 13 story mosque using Saudi extremist religion money is being built at the World Trade Center is a concern. It's being built tax free because we allow it.
Your way: allow all religions to do anything they want tax free while spending ourselves into oblivion (see bendover's numbers) while we invade and kill people doing nothing but creating terrorists.
Do you think the invasion of Iraq was a smart thing to do? Did we find terrorists there? Was the invasion of Afghanistan the smart thing to do? Did we have any effect on actual terrorist organizations except to swell their ranks?
Your mindless vengeance and lets kill the terrorists with drones and bombs does nothing but create more terrorists.
I agree with General Patreus's opinion of Afghanistan. We will not win with bombs but with education. Same with the entire war on terrorism. Bombs just make more terrorists while education removes the terrorists biggest ally, ignorance. Get rid of ignorance you get rid of terrorism. Get rid of ignorance and we might even get rid of religion.
Frank Rich agrees with me. The Pentagon Papers and the wikileaks do not have anything we did not already know. But they say it in the military voice of the Pentagon.
I think the most damning chunk of news which really was not common knowledge is that we send billions of our American tax dollars to Pakistan. Pakistan then funnels it to the Taliban which then uses the money to kill American soldiers.
As for Lithium, we can always buy the Lithium for our Apple laptops batteries from the Taliban. At least if we were out of there we would not be killing our soldiers by using a laptop.
Kiss this War Goodbye Mr. Obama. Your support for this is quickly unraveling and when it comes down to it who gives a flying fsck what comes out of the mouth of John McCain.
You lost 102 Democrats in the House wanting to deny funding but more importantly you lost 12 Republicans. And that's just not Ron Paul but a couple Georgians and Tennessee. Kiss the War Goodbye. I am never going to forgive you if a friend of mine is killed before you figure it out.
Maybe I should have been a little more clear... I don't think you can truly achieve any 100% ...
yes make drugs legal, but then you have addiction to deal with... is that truly a "win" ? I think there are many drugs that should be sold OTC and taxed to death, but are you going to sell crack and heroin ? acid ? I don't think that'll be as successful as you think.
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