I've been away from BB for awhile, concentrating instead on the US economic crisis and our current political race for the presidency. My belief is that as an American, the most we can do for Mexico is to get our own economic and political house in order. Then we will be most able to support our neighbors in dealing with the crises they are confronted with, namely the drug war and violence. Also, I believe the root of the problem is the war on drugs itself, and the way it is being waged by the US and Mexico.
To quote presidential candidate Ron Paul, "Americans would be better served by regulating illegal drugs like marijuana, rather than outright prohibition." This of course flies in the face of every conservative in America who mostly believe you have to have to have a war with something to solve it, e.g. the war on terror, the war on drugs, and so on.
“Alcohol’s a deadly drug,” he said. “The really deadly drugs are the prescription drugs. They kill a lot more people than the illegal drugs. The drug war is out of control. I fear the drug war because it undermines our civil liberties, it magnifies our problems on the borders, and we’ve spent over the last 40 years a trillion dollars on this war.”
“And believe me, the kids can still get the drugs,” he continued. “It just hasn’t worked.” --dailycaller.com/2011/11/22
In another quote "While the other republican opponents repetitively recite rehashed speeches full of TV-friendly soundbites, Paul takes his fans on an intellectual rollercoaster ride that is never predictable. He might begin with a call for an end to all foreign wars, segue to demand the legalisation of drugs, throw in a defence of WikiLeaks and end with a detailed economic discourse on why the Federal Reserve must be abolished and replaced by the gold standard." --guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 17 January 2012
I could go on and on.
The fact of the matter is, we as a nation need to seriously reconsider our understanding of drug use in this country. Also, how the war on drugs and the resulting high disproportion of non-violent offenders who sit in our overcrowded prison system, mar our future generations from having a fighting chance to succeed in life.
It's time we speak out on these issues from a standpoint of knowledge and reason--instead of from some emotional viewpoint not based on fact and evidence. We as a country must seriously consider what direction we'd like to see us pointed in--will it be in the direction of freedom and liberty or will it be in the direction of more political control, economic turmoil and violence. Please take time to educate yourselves and participate in this decision. Your life may seriously be altered as a result.