Trump's Disturbing Drug War Plan Comes Straight From Brutally Murderous Dictators

Trump’s Disturbing Drug War Plan Comes Straight From Brutally Murderous Dictators

Trump Is Bringing Totalitarian Policies To the United States…

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – NOVEMBER 14: Protesters draw chalk outlines mimicking the thousands of killings happening under the Duterte presidency. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)

Back in November of 2017, President Trump raised eyebrows after he complimented brutal dictator Rodrigo Duterte for his inhuman crackdown on accused drug dealers. Which included Duterte claiming he personally murdered alleged drug dealers. Evidently continuing that train of thought, last Sunday, March 11, 2018, the President made headlines when he openly praised China President Xi Jinping’s policy of executing drug dealers.

Both of those examples clearly got him thinking about his future agenda, as he is now planning on introducing his own version to the United States. As Dan Diamond of Politico reports, Trump believes increasing draconian law enforcement measures like a loose death penalty will significantly help curb the opioid crisis:

“It includes a mix of prevention and treatment measures that advocates have long endorsed, as well as beefed-up enforcement in line with the president’s frequent calls for a harsh crackdown on drug traffickers and dealers.”

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There are two problems with this mentality. The first is, much like the abortion debate, it rests on the idea of deterrence: if people see that drug dealers are being put on death row, it will convince aspiring dope peddlers to stop engaging in this practice. However, the vast majority of criminologists agree that capital punishment does no such thing.

The second problem pertains to the opioid crisis as a whole, and that is that it is not being propagated by stereotypical street dealers as Trump would suggest, but instead by pharmaceutical companies. The epidemic began in the late 1990s when Big Pharma assured doctors and other medical practitioners that there were no addiction risks associated with opioid-based painkillers.

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Evidently these people had either refrained from studying history or deliberately ignored it to make a buck, as similar crises had happened in the past. Such as morphine in the post-Civil War era and amphetamines in the 1950s. These drugs, by their very chemical nature, creative an addictive effect that is made widespread by their easy distribution.

Of course, in the contemporary United States where corporations are people and politicians, particularly from the Republican Party, are bought, there is no chance of the opioid epidemic being stymied: least of all by proposals like Trump’s, which go after the wrong group altogether.

Now, to the Trump Administration’s credit, the plan reportedly does have provisions that increase actual deterrents to drug abuse like more treatment measures and first responders’ access to the opioid overdose cure naloxone. But, with the aforementioned law and order measures, it will end up costing billions in dollars. And who knows how many lives. And move America in the direction of totalitarianism.

Featured image by Jes Aznar/Getty Images.

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