On Monday, Trump will be finalizing a plan to deal with American’s opiate crisis, including the death penalty for drug dealers.
But I have some questions I would like to ask first ….
What about the CIA policies of the past when they allowed mass amounts of cocaine in to the black ghettos of America that most visibly sparked the crack epidemic that swept North America during the 1980’s and 90’s? Those drug money profits then went to fund CIA trained terrorists fighting a Latin American regime disfavored by our government in Nicaragua. In short, the crack epidemic across the US was started by the US government, will they be given the death penalty???
Or what about HSBC, the London-based bank, admitting to laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels (among others) for years having been caught numerous times, then caught trying to cover it up? Instead…Federal and state authorities chose not to indict HSBC on charges of vast and prolonged money laundering, for fear that criminal prosecution would topple the bank and, in the process, endanger the financial system. No death penalty here ….
These are just a few examples of the complete hypocrisy of what Trump is proposing.
Drug addiction and abuse is a symptom of a sick society not the cause of why people take drugs. No matter how many drug dealers get executed, as long as the cause exists so will those symptoms and so will drug abuse.
This approach to cxecute drug dealers is futile and will achieve nothing but more deaths. The war on drugs as it is, will never and was never intended to be won.
President Donald Trump suggested drug dealers in the United States should face harsher punishments, such as the death penalty or life in prison, during a campaign rally for congressional candidate Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania on Saturday.
“I think it’s a discussion we have to start thinking about,” Trump said during the rally in Moon Township. “I don’t know if we’re ready. I don’t know if this country’s ready for it.”
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Trump praised Singapore and China for their “zero tolerance policy” when it comes to drugs, and floated the idea for the U.S.
“That means if we catch a drug dealer, death penalty,” Trump said of Singapore, recalling a conversation he had with the country’s president. “And they don’t have a problem.”
The president may have also pulled inspiration from the Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, whose bloody war against drugs has led to the deaths of thousands of people ― including small-time drug users and innocent people whom he has called “collateral damage.”
Last year, Trump congratulated Duterte for his efforts in eradicating drugs from the country, according to a leaked transcript of their phone call.
“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” Trump reportedly said. “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”
President Trump discusses the death penalty for drug dealers: “I don’t think we should play games … These people are killing our kids and they’re killing our families and we have to do something”