Wednesday, March 11, 2009


We have a serious drug problem in this country. Nothing you didn't know already. But the WAR is escalating at a near uncontrollable pace.

About 87% of all the illegal drugs coming into this country are through the southern border. You know, the one with the unfinished fence and understaffed border patrol units.

Well, just the other day, Mexico suffered a moral setback in the continued struggle to battle these cartel. They lost 10 of their soldiers execution style, their heads were found in plastic bags fifty feet from their bodies. This was an attempt to demoralize the efforts of the Calderone Military.

We all express sympathy for the families of these brave soldiers. The state of Guerrero in Mexico is missing valued community servants, and while these executions have hit the U.S. mainstream news only lately, some of us have heard the lonely voice of reason on CNN for several years through the barking voice of Lou Dobbs.

President Calderone said in the AP: “Organized crime, filled with panic, has turned to all kinds of cowardly acts. They do this in the last throws of their power!" Can I disagree with Calderone?

It's the escalation of violence along the border, creeping into U.S. cities that has caused other news sources to suddenly wake up to the drug and human trafficing that now threatens American lives.

Over five thousand people have died this year! Some innocent villagers, but many killing each other in the fight for larger pieces of the $15 billion trade in cocaine, heroin and amphetamines bound for the U.S.

Where does this crap end up? In our upstate New York Cities: Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, even Saugerties, where one restaurant owner I know is looking for someone to drive to Arizona to pick-up someone and a package.

And to think they locked up Border patrol agents Ramos and Campeon for doing their job. Now that their sentences have been commuted, I think they should be treated as heroes.

I have this awful feeling that with our sagging economy, unaffordable healthcare and lacking border security, the temptation of our youth by this criminal element will continue to increase, and it will affect our quality of life locally.

I honestly dont know how our police departments do it.


Anonymous said...

They locked up Ramos and Campeon for NOT doing their jobs. Criminal behavior in law enforcement should not be tolerated for the reason that regular criminals are worse. Prohibition creates this problem. We learned this from the last fiasco with the temperance movement. It's a simple case of failing to learn from history. Just like the last depression, we're funneling huge amounts of currency through illegal channels to foreign countries. The only profits made by us are going to drug dealers and gun manufacturers. Prohibition is sheer stupidity and this violence is the product of our making. Every cop on the street knows this.

Anonymous said...

The comment by 7:54 sounds like an argument for legalization of drugs.

So, which drugs are we legalizing; marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, PCP...? What about the date rape drugs? Are we going to legalize all of them in all forms or just some of them. What will be the procedures to legalize new mind altering substances as they pop up? Should we buy stock in pharmaceutical companies in anticipation of them ramping up their research and development divisions to find new and improved ways of getting us stoned?

One of the arguments that I often hear is that drugs should be legalized and taxed. Are we going to make drugs more or less expensive then they are now? If we make them too expensive there will still be a market for them illegally, if they can be purchased more cheaply that way.

Who is going to be allowed to sell them and at what age are we going to be allowed to purchase these drugs?

Will making drugs legal lead to an increased number of people using them? Maybe we can legalize them at the same time the Rockefeller drug laws are done away with.

When people become addled enough from their use of legalized drugs and find themselves unable to keep a job, are we going to subsidize their use by placing them on disability.

I understand that the violence associated with the drug trade if frightening. I understand that the money being spent on drugs and leaving our country is frustrating. What I don't know is what the unforseen consequences are of legalizing drugs. I don't know what will happen if we put cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the same category as alcohol.

Anonymous said...

1:43- Your argument was the same against alcohol. When these drugs are cheaply available, they'll be considered poisons instead. Kids already get high off household chemicals. In case you haven't noticed, nearly half our country is already drug addled with prescription drugs and their incompetence is an everyday occurrence. The only reason illegal drugs are popular is because they're easier to get for kids than legal ones. Take away the market and they'll only be available to responsible adults. The intelligent choice is to let people poison themselves if they want to. Survival of the fittest.

Anonymous said...


I spent nearly two decades working with troubled children and troubled families and nearly all of the families I dealt with had someone dealing with a drug or alcohol problem. But even I don't believe that nearly half of the nation is addled with prescription drugs.

The logic of saying that legalizing drugs will make them only available to adults is absurd. If drugs are only made legal for adults, then the children's situation remains much the same as it is now and some enterprising individuals will decide to try make money by filling that need. For Pete's sake, household chemicals are legal and you wrote about children using those.

Alcohol is legal for adults and children use that. Alcohol was what I was into when I was a teenager 30 years and I can tell you from experience that having the drinking age at 18 in the state I grew up in, only made it more easily available for me when I was 14.

The added problem is that people who use drugs and abuse alcohol don't just poison their lives, they poison the lives of the people, including children, around them.

Anonymous said...

10:04- Advocating for alcohol to be illegal is what fostered the organized crime problem. Prohibition has failed repeatedly and no logical argument can made for it. I understand your concern, but your method has perpetrated more harm than good. You drank at 14 like everyone else and yet you became a responsible adult(I hope) right? The same rules of regulation that have kept alcohol at bay are what's needed for drugs. Personally I think there should be a minimum purchase requirement for alcohol sales.