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The GOP Candidates Punt On the Failed War On DrugsPosted Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 1:08 PM
I have been following the recent scuttlebutt between the incumbent and her GOP rival Bob Parker's supposed support for an end to the failed war on drugs with a heavy dose of loathing and amusement.
The Libertarian Party has consistently denounced the failed war on drugs on constitutional, moral, and economic grounds for 41 years. Here are a few facts...
As a Libertarian and member of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, I have been involved in numerous drug war repeal efforts for many years. I recognize a fellow sympathizer on this matter. No disrespect to Bob Parker, but he does NOT support the legalization or decriminalization of any illegal drugs at any level. This suggestion by Jo Ann Emerson is laughable. If Bob Parker shared my opposition to the failed war on drugs, I would suspend my own campaign and endorse him.
Public opinion towards the failed war on drugs is changing. A majority of Americans now support legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The number of Americans supporting a full end to the failed war on drugs is 40% and growing. Even GOP conservative darling governor Chris Christie recently called the war on drugs "well intentioned", but a "failure" in a speech at the Brookings Institute, and has signed a law to mandate drug treatment rather than jail time for nonviolent drug offenders. Both of the GOP candidates' for US Representative (MO-8) opinion on the failed war on drugs are out of touch, archaic, and unreflective of a free society.
I welcome any adult discussion regarding the failed war on drugs. The editors of the Southeast Missourian chose not to contact me on an issue on which I am educated, am passionate about, and is a cornerstone of my campaign. Instead they saw fit to diminish the libertarian movement and the significance of an issue that has had a negative effect on our society, and debase it to a juvenile diatribe worthy of supermarket checkout lane tabloids.
I repeat: BOB PARKER DOES NOT SUPPORT AN END TO THE FAILED WAR ON DRUGS!
Obviously the incumbent regards this important issue as cheap political fodder to scare and dupe voters into electing her to a ninth term.
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I was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., in 1972, and grew up in the Chaffee area where I still reside with my lovely wife and three beautiful and talented daughters. I have been employed in the paper industry for the past 14 years and am a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. In my spare time I support my local parochial school, listen to and perform music, and read. This is my second run for U.S. Congress as the Libertarian Party candidate. In 2010 I was endorsed by the Boston Tea Party and received an "A" rating from the Gun Owners of America. Since my last campaign I supported the opposition to the smoking ban in Cape Girardeau, gathered signatures for the Show-Me Cannabis initiative, was elected to the Missouri State Libertarian Party Executive Committee, and recently won the Champion of Freedom Award. I hope that my candidacy helps to advance the cause of individual liberty. I welcome your questions and comments. Thank you for reading!
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