A Graphic Look at the War On Drugs

Yesterday a magician/comedian/radio host/Cato Fellow named Penn Gillette was featured in an article linked to by The Drudge Report. He went off on the insane "War on Drugs" during a tirade on his radio show and specifically singled out Obama for his vitriol because of his past use of pot and cocaine. He pointed out that if Obama had been caught and prosecuted he would never have become President, much less anything else of importance. That makes him a hypocrite. (He's hardly the only one, so it's really beside the point.)

Gillette, who has never used drugs (including alcohol), was correct. You can read the transcript or watch a video of his remarks here. (Harsh language alert)

So when I saw this chart on the Facebook page of a friend of mine I knew it was going to end up here. You can draw your own conclusions about the chart and what it means. But always keep a few things in mind:
  1.  Drug use is not lower now than when this craziness started.
  2.  Anyone can get any substance they want with very little effort. 

Hat tip to Mike Dixon


  1. Another definition of insanity... "The War on Drugs."

    Epic failure, at a huge cost to the nation. In more ways than one.

  2. Great post. I beg any progressive to show me a government program (War on Drugs, War on Poverty, War on anything) that hasn't actually exacerbated the precise problem it was created to solve.

    It's too bad for America that the unintended consequence of progressive schemes is that they just don't work.

  3. I disagree that progressive schemes have unintended consequences. I would argue that a police state was exactly what the War on Drugs was really all about. Starting from prohibition going forward, you find the bankster boys have their thumbs in the vice of the decade. SWAT teams were based on the need to fight narcotics trafficking, but look at how they're being used today. RIP Marine Guerva.


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