The Most Important Civil Rights Issue Trump Could Solve With Executive Order: End The "War On Drugs" Gulag

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Here is an opportunity for "Black Lives Matter" and the Trump administration to find common cause.

President Trump has a golden opportunity to strike a major blow for civil rights with a single executive order: end the failed "War on Drugs" and shut down America's drug-war gulag. None of the previous three presidents expended any political capital on curbing the immensely destructive "War on Drugs" or freeing the (in many states, preponderantly African-American and Hispanic-American) prisoners in America's drug-war gulag.

"Fake-liberal" Bill Clinton did nothing, "fake-conservative" George W. Bush did nothing, and "fake-liberal" Barack Obama did nothing to end the "War on Drugs" or curb the gulag it created. Their parties and supporters were delighted to appear "tough on crime" while destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of African-American, Hispanic-American and other Americans with long sentences in the gulag for selling nickel bags of "illegal" drugs, while America's parasitic Big Pharma industry reaped billions of dollars in profits selling "legal" opiates while handing our self-serving politicos millions in campaign contributions.

The imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of young Americans--preponderantly Americans of color in state after state-- in America's drug-war gulag is the greatest violation of civil rights since the 1960s-- yet fake-liberals and fake-conservatives alike have done nothing but turn their self-serving gaze away from this needless, costly, stupid waste of lives and treasure.

Step one: fully legalize marijuana on the federal level. Isn't it time for the federal government to finally move beyond the "reefer madness" propaganda of the 1920s? President Trump could do so much good by wiping out the insanely counterproductive federal statutes against marijuana.

Next, President Trump could decriminalize all drugs and commute the sentences of everyone in prison for small-time dealing or drug possession. Empty the drug-war gulag in an orderly fashion, providing counseling and some initial job training to those exiting the drug-war gulag. The cost of emptying the gulag will be much more affordable than operating the gulag.

Erase all drug-related convictions from prisoners' records, restoring their rightful citizenship. Strike the drug-war felonies from everyone convicted of small-time dealing or possession.

Here is an opportunity for "Black Lives Matter" and the Trump administration to find common cause. The War on Drugs gulag has stripped the civil rights and civil liberties of hundreds of thousands of Americans, including many young men of color. The Trump administration has a golden opportunity to do the right thing and eliminate the unrighteous, wasteful and morally wrong War on Drugs. It's Time to Abolish the DEA and America's "War on Drugs" Gulag (August 18, 2016)


One of the first steps to making America great again is to close down the War on Drugs gulag. Let's be dead-last in imprisoning hundreds of thousands of young men and women, ruining their lives and stripping them of their civil rights. It's time to drop from a shameful Number 1 to the bottom of the list in counter-productive drug-war gulags.

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GGuy's picture
GGuy (not verified) Jan 26, 2017 5:29 PM

The 'NAZI joos don't want that, so no.

ne14truth's picture

the jews are legalizing drugs

eatthebanksters's picture

Why is going to jail for committing a crime a violation of civil rights?  I agree we have failed in our war on drugs, but how many people have been killed, extorted, ripped off and died becasue of the illegal drug business.  I have a friend who lost a 19 year old son to an Oxy OD...yes the kid was dumb, but the asshole who sold the shit to him never was held accountable.   If that was my son I would have killed the parasite dealer myself.

I'm fine with legalization of drugs as long as some of the bad ones are administered in a medical environment.  But the folks who played the game up till now and got caught...sorry, don't do the crime if you aren't willing to do the time.


Oliver Klozoff's picture

So you're fine with people using drugs, just not selling them? You just might have something there.

Decriminalize and demonetize.

SixIsNinE's picture

unfortunately this 19 yr. old is one of tens of thousands dead of opiate misuse in just the last couple years.

the DEA in cahoots with the Big PHarma drug pushers allow the oxy problem to exist.

step 1) We the people put the DEA on administrative receivership. They have proven year after year for over 50 years to have failed at their mission.

step 2) repeal the controlled substances act.

step 3) quickly fast-track the entheogenic psychedelic medicines to be available to start curing through music and fellowship - including the teaching of the 4 Noble Truths, which is simply the mastering of your own self and consciousness and behaving impeccably. Being able to see things as they are.

With the control mechanisms already in place we can make it work. This isn't 1970.

The key is in a certain medicine which I am one of the pioneers - i have described it many times before - if ZH wants me to do a presentation @ the Texas Roundup I will.

- in essence, it is the equivalent of a person with a supply of penicillin encountering a boat full of sailors with vd - only this time around we're filled with mental parasites and degraded souls ...

it is what you always wanted to receive @ communion - a REAL sacrament - not the grape juice.

Real Healing. Real Miracles.

StychoKiller's picture

Sorry, but the Peyote Cactus is an endangered species. (Unless you're talking about Psylocibin Mushrooms)

StychoKiller's picture

Ever notice that there's no laws against consuming Cyanide?

Search for "Cocaine-crazed Negro" to find the real reason(s) there's "Drug Prohibition."

Chris88's picture

Ending the war on drugs will bankrupt the cartels you moron.  How many alcohol bootleggers are there with legal alcohol?

z80kid's picture

"Ending the war on drugs will bankrupt the cartels you moron."

Go fuck yourself, you asshole. See how convincing insults are? You have to agree that I'm right, because I called you a nastier name. So I win.  :)

Fucking kids...

Chris88's picture

I have no patience for morons.  As for the "kids" remark I'd compare CVs any day.

NuckingFuts's picture

Logged in for the first time in a long while to point out the obvious.

Drugs are the truly one of the best examples of free market/supply and demand economics. One of the last pure unregulated economic sectors. Demand has always and will always exist. Prohibition drives up the price 10 fold (minimum). Limited supply and the corresponding artificially high price leads to crime on the street/organized/governmental etc. the industrial prison complex along with asset forfeiture leads to economic benefits for many "legitimate" businesses and governments.

What the answer is, I don't really know. But what we have done for the last 40 years certainly has not worked one bit and has only made the problem worse. Like Trump told black America, what have you got to lose? A new approach is desperately needed to anyone with any sense.

Decriminalize all and there will be a decade of pain but over the long haul might be the best option.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) NuckingFuts Jan 26, 2017 9:53 PM

We might also be surprised that there's little pain involved. The only people who really suffered because of the end of prohibition were the criminals involved in the illegal importation and selling of booze and the assholes who enforced the law.

NuckingFuts's picture

Where I see the pain is with those already using and then OD with easy access. The number of people who use "hard" drugs not just MJ would astound most people, professional people they know. With an existing habit and easy supply many will die. But with time it will level out, people seeing all this death would drastically reduce future users (see cigarettes) public service campaigns and education have drastally reduced the number of new smokers. Unless one is addicted to alcohol, it's legalization only provided safe, unadulterated product that could be used responsibly in moderation without legal reprocusion

Trogdor's picture

I agree with legalization - and I would hope that it would be combined with some serious education of consequences.  I've been told by many people that "If that were to happen, it would be horrible!" and I usually ask "If heroin was made legal tomorrow, would you run out, find some, and use it?"  If not, then why would you assume everyone else would?

There will always be people who abuse substances of one kind or another - but the war on drugs has been an abysmal failure for the American people - and a boon to the Police/Courts/Prison Industrial Complex, the Cartels, and the US Goverment.  If they're going to take my tax money anyway, I'd rather see it spent on healing people and not shooting them and throwing them in a hole ... to be a cash cow for yet another soul-less corporation to feed off of.

NuckingFuts's picture

Truer words have never been spoken. +100

Creative_Destruct's picture

Prohibition of alcohol didn't work and won't work just like the prohibition/wars of/on drugs has NOT worked and WILL NOT work and is costing around 40 Bill/year (Federal and State/Local). (

PLUS, the vast majority of gun violence in all countries is associated with "private armies" (drug gangs) created to defend the illegal trade in drugs ( John Lott,

So, want to limit incarceration and lower gun violence? LEGALIZE drugs. No unworkable unconstitutional gun control necessary. 

There would be problems with this, and it would require regulation and taxation of drug sales to support regulation and treatment for addicts ( necessary evils in this case). BUT it would be a different set of problems that could be managed and would eliminate most of the CARNAGE in the inner cities ( Chi-Raq, Baltimoriastan, etc).

Also, the taxes from gun sales could be offsetting revenue that would allow redevelopment and enterprise zones in inner cities to give the people there jobs and something else to build their lives upon other than lifetime gang affiliation.

The entire political spectrum of the media seem to recognize this, even the gun control idiots:

SixIsNinE's picture

what will be interesting is how California will deal with the cigarette bootleggers now that they added another $2.50 tax per PACK of ciggies.

NuckingFuts's picture

A while back there was a ZH article about traveling from NYC by public tranist and train, to a much cheaper tax state to the south and then traveling back to NYC. The buyer of one carton for smokes broke even or came out slightly ahead by doing this. The absurdity of this is overwhelming.

My wife currently teaches at a university in a high tax state, our residence is in a low tax state. She buys EVERYTHING at home and nothing in (cough cough) Illinois. Full disclosure: we both smoke and drink. They are killing their tax revenue.

My bother in law sends tubes of chew (10 tins) to is old USMC buddy in a high tax state for half the price. Why not?

MFL5591's picture

Need to also drop all charges and quash all records on Marajana, it is insane that people lives are ruined over a drug now legal.

Croesus's picture

The War on Drugs has done 4 things:

1. Created the Prison industry.
2. Legalized government theft of private property through insidious civil forfeiture law.
3. Legalized domestic mass-surveillance (such as roving wiretaps, which pre-date the phony "Patriot" Act).
4. Created programs designed to Encourage drug consumption by children.

konadog's picture

5. Funded the unconstitutional activities of the CIA that not even the neocons and the libtards would abide. Assassinating JFK, RFK, MLK, ... and working with the Saudis to pull off 9/11 as examples. 

SuperRay's picture

Also, removed competition with the CIA, so they could be more efficient drug dealers themselves

SixIsNinE's picture

how about a real interview with el Chapo and see what his views are of the Americanos CIA, and if he has any knowledge of their cocaine dealing

laser's picture

6. Funded major banks laundering drug money.

Lumberjack's picture

You bet your ass via green companies. A huge untold story.

Orly's picture

7. Sent the United States Marine Corps to "rescue" the poppy fields of Afghanistan from the Taliban.  They are still being guarded today.


Croesus's picture

@ Konadog:

Absolutely; the difference in law enforcement budgets from 1982-present is staggering...

I want to elaborate on #4 from my post above, just in case any of the younger ZH readers that are parents want to explain this to anyone who isn't on here:

Does the DARE program ring a bell? "Drug Awareness Resistance Education"...taught in classrooms all across Amerika.

They teach kids: what drugs look like, cost, the experience of being under their influence, etc.

The lessons are punctuated with the message: "Drugs are bad, DON'T DO DRUGS".

Okay, parents, what happens when you tell a little kid to NOT do something?

What happens, when media is simultaneously teaching kids that: "All the cool people are doing drugs"?

In summation, kids are basically being taught:

"Drugs are bad, don't do them (but all of your celebrity role models do them, and they never have any problems)".

Basically, it's a 'Jedi mind trick', and is purposefully done. The biggest beneficiaries of the War on Drugs? Government (increased power), banks (increased revenue).

The Hegellian stink is all over it.

chunga's picture

It used to piss me off to no end when my kids would come home from school with illustrations of other kids sniffing things like paint, cleaners, gasoline, etc. They looked like "how to" manuals for things it would never occur to them to do.

Croesus's picture

@ Chunga:

I had DARE in 6th grade, and I can remember the "lessons" pretty well. That was a long time ago, but even then, we had pictures passed around, a "sample board", and those same how-to's you've described. We didn't have anything about huffing, but the cocaine picture showed a couple of lines and a razor blade.

Prior to that class, I didn't know anything about any of it...

It's the same deal with all the gay shit, too; As a parent, you teach them one thing, while the schools teach them the State propaganda, and the media portrays it as 'glamorous' and 'cool'.

Lots of kids struggle to be socially accepted, and are thus afraid to question authority, or go against what the herd thinks.

In both cases, these perverse assholes who designed this brainwash-bullshit for kids ought to be put to death.

What these creeps have done to the children of this country is an unforgivable offense.

They should be glad Trump's in office, and they're not protesting President Croesus; I'd be sicking death-squads on them.

chunga's picture

Here's another one I remember. My son was probably somewhere in the range of 3rd grade and I found what looked like a Spiderman comic book in his school bag. It looked pretty ordinary for the first few pages but then I came to realize the shool version of the super hero! This was ~ 15 years ago so these people have been at it for a while.

If I had kids that age now, the LAST place I'd want them to be is in school.

Trogdor's picture

I have a friend who teaches in the Kansas City school system.  She told me that while they openly will bash and suppress Christian beliefs and practices, the teachers are now required to take "sensitivity training" on Islam, and the shool board is floating the idea of bringing in classes on Islam.  The idea of allowing Muslim prayer sessions in school is being floated.  This is all happening behind the scenes - they've been told to not talk about it publicly. 

If I had kids, there is no way they'd be in public school.

Philanthropocalypse's picture

D.A.R.E. taught me what a bong was, and how much weed I'd want to pack into one...   That was 6th grade....  1987.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Croesus Jan 26, 2017 9:49 PM

D.A.R.E. teaches kids to spy on their parents and then rat them out to the cops for drug possession. The kids end up in group homes once their parents are busted.

Fuck that rotten program and the asshole, Daryl Gates, who started it. He's worm food now, but he should be remembered as an asshole.

overbet's picture

The imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of young Americans--preponderantly Americans of color in state after state


They will just find other laws to break. Also, I have known several drug dealers who deliberately give free samples of more adictive drugs in order to hook their customers. I know this one girl who never did drugs only drank. She started stripping. Sure enough thats where they recruit. She got hooked on weed, then coke then crack not shes a hooker with her drug dealer being her pimp. This is very common practice in cities. People make bad choices when they are high. When the arent high they regret it, but theyve already pushed that envelope so they go further next time and become desensitized so soon they are doing shit they NEVER could imagine themselves doing like selling their pussies.

wren's picture

This is a bad idea. Hot Springs, Arkansas, childhood home of Bill Clinton, with 35,000 residents, has a crime index of 3 meaning it is safer than only 3% of the communities in the US. Chicago, with all the bad press lately, has a crime index of 11, making it almost 4x safer than Bill Clinton's childhood home. The substance abusers/dealers are apprehended by law enforcement and most of the time, they are Nolle Prose by the prosecution. When they are sentenced, they are still immediately released due to prison overcrowding. People return to the streets to recommit, once again breaking into homes. Property crimes are through the roof.

While it looks good on paper to end the war on drugs, drugs such as meth and heroin are not like marijuana. They lead to destroyed lives and property crimes. If you pull up Jason Patrick Woodall in Arkansas Courtconnect, you will find he began his criminal career in 2009 and has been sentenced to over 109 years in jail for countless B&E's, yet is constantly released back on the streets to recommit. If we are going to stop fighting meth and heroin trafficking, I suggest we just close down the criminal courts altogether, issue a firearm to all non-felons, and let the problem take care of itself. But personally, I believe these people should be removed from civilized society.

TxExPat's picture

Alternate interpertation of the statistics:

Communities that have active Law Enforcement, and collect Honest Statistics, report crime rates that looked "skewed" when compared to communities that passively (at best) enforce laws, and actively suppress crime statistics to enhance political carriers.

Basically, in a relatively small town, where "everybody knows everybody" most crime that happens actually does get reported.  In a place like say Chicago, where reporting a theft is something of a pointless exercise, and you all but have to strong arm somebody to take your theft report, there is a lot of under-reporting...


overbet's picture

They are predators.

Orly's picture

They were taught a lifestyle on purpose, hoss.

Get it?

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) overbet Jan 26, 2017 9:46 PM

Yeah, and you're full of shit.

NordikAvenger's picture

Because they are criminals in their blood, their DNA?

What, you some kind of racialist or somethin?

TheEndIsNear's picture

Cannabis is not addictive.

shovelhead's picture

Hooked on weed?

You're an idiot. Weed is not addictive in any way shape or form. It is a physical impossibilty.

If you didn't know that then you shouldn't talk about things you know nothing about.

shamus001's picture

I have several problems with your thought process:

 "I know this one girl who never did drugs only drank. She started stripping"

This girl already had self respect & morality issues. (likely Daddy issues as well) but she sure as hell wasn't the "lady next door"

"She got hooked on weed"

My Dad passed me the pot pipe when I was 6 for a few tokes.  Smoked it again at age 12 when I had a friend that did.  Maybe smoked it 7 seperate occasions throughout the rest of my life.  No one gets hooked on weed.  They smoke it when they want to, and they stop when they want to.  The "window drug" is propaganda thats been pushed for 30 years, that you either bought into or you yourself are pushing. (the fact that you typed that reflects you've NEVER smoked it.) 

"People make bad choices when they are high"

People make worse decisions when they're drunk. (myself included) but that never led me to sniffing paint, smoking crack or selling my ass on the street!

Look, I'm not denying the validity of this story, but simply because she smoked a little weed doesn't lay her life failures at pot's doorstep.  This girl began by showing the world her naked body for $.  Wouldn't it be more reasonable to say that stripping is a window career to prostitution, than to lay it on a natural plant with euphoric effects?

If I had to blame 1 thing for her life failures.... I would blame her father and mothers parenting skills.  Being a successful parent is not an easy task.  There are careful weights and balances, trust, respect, and love that must be used by a parent in a fairly balanced measure in order to produce a wise, confident, and loving young adult.  It's not as easy as pumping out a kid; parenting is where the real challenge comes in that seperates the MEN from the BOYS!

(My daughter is 20, and I raised her from 15 when her mother lost her.  My personal parenting book says she is what she is by this point; it was very VERY difficult, and scary, but by being patient, truthful, caring, and explaining my discipline purpose, she submitted herself to my fathering, and knows all about drugs, which ones control you, which are safe (clearly don't really know if she's tried any- but I've armed her with knowledge!) and she's getting great grades in State college! 

Philanthropocalypse's picture

Christ, you know SEVERAL such fuckwads??  And what are we to think of you then, el chap(o)?

7+ years a member, and you still haven't picked up the basics of grammar....   

Downvoted, for callous incredulity, and bad grammar.

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Fathead Slim (not verified) overbet Jan 26, 2017 9:45 PM

Yeah, sure. You know "several drug dealers". You're a lying cocksucker.