Election time rapidly approaches. Sadly, in the race for
president this year the major parties have out done themselves
in picking puppets that will do the bidding of their corporate
masters. Still, there is much more at stake on Nov 7th this
year in the State of California.
As usual for a presidential election, there are several very
important propositions on the ballot. One of them is 36 -
which attempts to reverse the ineffectual and horribly expensive
tend of imprisoning people for Substance Abuse. Or in laymen's
Now I'm not gonna start on a big libertarian rant
that people should be able to put whatever poisons they want
into their bodies. Instead, I want to focus on a couple of
other key issues.
The first is that incarceration does not help people get
over their drug addictions. Treatment helps them get over
drug addictions. Prop 36 mandates that only NON-VIOLENT
drug offender be sent to treatment not to prison. Not only
does this allow them a real opportunity to get over their
problems, but is far more cost effective then locking them
up. Bad people, druggies or not, still go to jail.
Second, the War on Drugs is being lost. LOST I TELL
YOU. We, the most powerful nation ever are losing the War
on Drugs. In this war we've completely trashed the Constitution,
including the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th,
and the 14th Amendments. And still we losing. It
is time abandon this fruitless and destructive strategy as
well as reclaim our Constitution. Prop 36, unfortunately,
won't accomplish that, but it is the first of many steps in
the right direction.
Finally, akin to President Eisenhower's warning about the
Military/Industrial Complex - it should be pointed out the
biggest supporters of the No on 36 campaign are the incredible
powerful and politically connected Prison Guard Unions - or
the Prison/Industrial Complex. There are certainly
segments of the population that gain from having a massive
number of prisoners. This is shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
Nor should the fact both the corporations and the unions that
inhabit this area have invested massive resources to defeat
this proposition, but have historically done all they can
to INCREASE the number of people behinds BARS!!! I think the
Prison Guards Union isn't gonna be happy until EVERYONE
is locked up. Fuck, how did we ever let prisons become a GROWTH
Well, I say fuck them. People should NOT
be imprisoned for USING drugs.
And you can reserve the trend that has made the United States
of America the country with the with 1/4 (that's right 25%)
of the world's population of incarcerated people and VOTE
YES on PROP 36.
If you are interested in more information, you can check
out the Yes on Prop 36 site here.
In the interest of fairness, here's the No on 36 site.
It should be pointed out that these bastardos also have
which shows you just how low they are willing to go to win...
Vote YES on 36
and let's put some prison guards out of business.