History Channel starts war on drug series.

Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa, is known on twitter for expressing his yearning for the History Channel to finally show some
history. Here are two of his many tweets on this subject:

The good news for Grassley, and for everyone else, is that starting Sunday night and running through Wednesday the History Channel is showing a new
four-part series called “America’s War on Drugs.” Not only is it an important contribution to recent American history, it’s also the first
time U.S. television has ever told the core truth about one of the most important issues of the past fifty years.

That core truth is: The war on drugs has always been a pointless sham. For decades the federal government has engaged in a shifting series of
alliances of convenience with some of the world’s largest drug cartels. So while the U.S. incarceration rate has quintupled since President Richard
Nixon first declared the war on drugs in 1971, top narcotics dealers have simultaneously enjoyed protection at the highest levels of power in

Cut the partisan social engineering out of your mind for a second, and if you’re a Republican, realize that is large government spending. That
spending has not proven any results, and in most cases sends non violent weed offenders to prison on our dime.

As a Democrat realize this money is taking away from social programs (the only two I care about is education and health care reform).

Either way, society suffers. Billions of dollars spent a year for a system many on this site realize perpetuates the cycle and enriches a few.

The biggest point however is the subject of war. The US spends more than the next ten countries combined on the military to project “freedom”.

I doubt the “history Channel” will delve deeply onto the matter, but sadly in our society we must at least acknowledge this “reality” TV network
is going back to what their brand implies.

The Intercept


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