Socialist President Evo Morales wants the?U.S. government’s War on Drugs to end. In fact, according to telesur, he recently said this about the war:
“[America] uses its War on Drugs to pursue its own geo-political agenda, and now they use it to accuse other governments and take them down.”
President Morales is a former coca leaf grower who understands the importance of the crop. Coca has many non-narcotic uses and is considered sacred to many Bolivians. Morales is not happy with the Obama administration’s sanctions on Venezuela, and he’s getting more vocal about his discontent with American policy in general. He recently said the drug trade is driven by America and its “illegal business of the capitalist system,” according to telesur. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this development is that it puts Libertarians, the Green Party, and the Socialist Morales in the same corner.
The Libertarian & Green Party platforms
The Libertarian Party Platform says this:
?We favor the repeal of all laws creating “crimes” without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes, since only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes.?
A?quick trip to the U.S. Green Party’s website, reveals that this institution also wants to end the War on Drugs. The same can’t be said for either the Democrat or Republican platform on drugs. In fact, the US GOP platform goes so far as to state:
“The war on drugs and the war on terror have become?a single enterprise.”
While the motivations for wanting an end to America’s War on Drugs seem to be different, we have a socialist and a hard right-wing political platform in agreement about U.S. Drug policy. Why can’t Democrats get behind such an effort? After all, experts are pleased with the results of Portugal’s drug legalization law, which took effect in 2001.
Coming together against the War on Drugs?
Can progressives and right-wingers?find common ground in ending the War on Drugs? If so, it could mean great things for drug legalization advocates. And, according to Morales, it would go a long way in the fight against American imperialism.
Don Shepard is a passionate defender of?individual liberties and a believer in the power of true self-sufficiency. He works on his family’s urban farm when not toiling away at the computer. Writing professionally since 2008, Don has the knowledge that comes from being a lead writer and editor for numerous political advocacy campaigns. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology & Climatology, back in 2002, and understands we must do what it takes to preserve our planet. Follow Don on Twitter, Pinterest,?and FB.