Mexico’s President Calderon “berates” the U.S.A. for insatiable drug use

As previously has been written on this page and many others: 

Drug use is rampant. 

With apologizes to all Libertarians, and not intending to praise Calderon, …  in certain issues —  such as the ones dealing with illegal drug use — America needs to reassess its priorities and policies and swing to a new tack because its currently lackadaisical course is harming national security and everyone’s overall health and safety, as well as helping destroy the civil society of our neighbor to the south. 

Another deteriorating, dysfunctional country, this one adjacent to our border, is of course  not beneficial  to the citizens of either country.


5 Responses

  1. PanAm, you bring focus on the terrible position that Mexico finds itself in. How does a country stem the tide of societal problems that a breakdown in the rule of law engenders?

    There should be brilliant flash of insight here for the U.S. voters. Under the current administration, the rule of law has come only to mean what Obama and his court says it means and the now-rulers of America freely flaunt the law at every opportunity to advance their vision of what America should be while ignoring the escalating problems that will eventuate in turning our country into just another dismal copy of the European welfare states that comprise the EU.

  2. I would agree that if America’s citizen drug users would reduce (or ideally end) their use of drugs, then a sizable portion of the worldwide drug trade would also diminish. Addiction being what it is, a progressive disease in the majority of cases, that is a very questionable future.

    There are those who propose legalizing drugs to gain control and diminish use of these substances, but such a move has not shown success in countries that have embraced such a solution (Britain and The Netherlands come immediately to mind, where drug addiction and/or “recreational use” has not decreased).

    Admittedly, the “war on drugs” has certainly not provided the hoped- for results. Still, when a neighboring country is harboring such highly-organized, combative, criminal forces as the Mexican drug cartels (let alone drug producing countries in South America, Afghanistan, etc.), it makes the problem in our country even more severe.

    I would suggest that identified illegal drug users be confined in centers located in rural areas far removed from population centers, given all the drugs that they want to consume, afforded the option of enrolling in the most effective rehabilitation programs, and not allowed to leave until they have proved drug-free for a six-month period. They should then be tested and monitored for the rest of their lives. A relapse should result in them being transferred back into confinement. Three strikes would mean confinement for the rest of their lives.

    I believe that we would wind up spending less money on the “drug problem”, then we do currently.

    • Handling the drug culture in this country as you point out at least is a definitive way of dealing with the problem here, rather than simply having no real national drug enforcement policy… As you suggest, legalizing illegal drug use (and thereby in effect declaring VICTORY in the “War against Drugs” )is nonsensical and ineffective. …
      Because of the lack of effective drug enforcement by the national gov’t here, there are significant numbers of people in Mexico who are saying that their police forces and military entities ought to concentrate on preventing and solving their domestic crimes, and not expend time, money and lives on attempting to disrupt the “transferring of drugs” from there to the U.S.A. — in that way, local law officials would not be attacked, murdered nor corrupted when the drug cartels see Mexican law enforcement mainly as impediments to their shipping drug cargo to their lucrative markets in the north.
      With the death and corruption of more and more police officers by and at the hands of the drug cartels, fewer and fewer decent people enter the law enforcement fields there — and societal problems escalate, with no everyday deterrents at hand…

  3. This is a serious question/comment. Given Calderon seems to be intent on waging the wars Mexico is involved in,perhaps Mexico should be the nation to legalize drugs.

    • I agree with the gist of what I understand you are saying, and apparently a significant number of the educated as well as the regular Jose’s in Mexico are in agreement, too. They are paying a high price in all types of crimes because the U.S.A. seems to be ambivalent about its drug problem…
      Many there are saying the drug problem ought to be fought here, not there, because the greatest use of the drug is here.

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