Essay on The War On The People

1197 Words Mar 27th, 2016 5 Pages
A War on the People

The war on drugs has been nothing but a failure. For nearly 45 years, this seemingly endless war has brought nothing but mass incarceration, violence, wasteful spending, and fear to the American people. Over one trillion (1,000,000,000,000) dollars invested in the policy and it’s expected results have not shown. Drug use and addiction are just as prominent as they have been before the policy and have not shown any correlation to the time and money put into enforcing this mess. Why do we focus more on putting these people behind bars rather than helping them recover? What if we spent our money getting addicts lives back on track rather than ruining their futures? We as Americans should learn from our mistakes and realize that this war on drugs is a blunder and ending it will be more effective than anything we have done to enforce it. The war on drugs began in the year 1971 under the Nixon Administration. Nixon declared that drug abuse was public enemy number one, and pushed for the measures and policies we have today regarding drug abuse. Ten years later under Reagan’s presidency the war on drugs was expanded once again. Now more people were behind bars than ever before, with the prison population doubling from 400,000 to 800,000 during his presidency. Here popular anti-drug campaigns took the media, with first lady Nancy Reagan’s well-known slogan, “Just say no.” The anti-drug campaign was also brought to schools with D.A.R.E., a drug education program…

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