Shortly after Il Douche finished up with his dystopian ranting last night, I went back and perused the 2016 GOP platform.
Kris Kobach, at least as much as Brownback, is responsible for the majority of Kansan’s pain and suffering. And he’s been attempting for over a decade to expand that misery to the rest of the nation: He was a member of the GOP platform committees back in both 2008 and 2012. But this was the first year Kobach was part of finalizing the planks and he made the most of it, knowing full well that Trump could care less what’s in the platform. The entire document is a scary right-wing fantasy, but, again, you can read it for yourself; I’m just going to touch on the “drug” portions here. The first comes under the Criminal Justice portion:
The progress made over the last three decades against drug abuse is eroding, whether for cultural reasons or for lack of national leadership. In many jurisdictions, marijuana is virtually legalized despite its illegality under federal law. At the other end of the drug spectrum, heroin use nearly doubled from 2003 to 2013, while deaths from heroin have quadrupled. All this highlights the continuing conflicts and contradictions in public attitudes and public policy toward illegal substances. Congress and a new administration should consider the long- range implications of these trends for public health and safety and prepare to deal with the problematic consequences.
The misuse of prescription painkillers — opioids — is a related problem. Heroin and opioid abuse touches our communities, our homes, and our families in ways that have grave effects on Americans in every community. With a quadrupling of both their sales and their overdose deaths, the opioid crisis is ravaging communities all over the country, often hitting rural areas harder than urban. Because over-prescription of drugs is such a large part of the problem, Republican legislation now allows Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans to limit patients to a single pharmacy. Congressional Republicans have also called upon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that no physician will be penalized for limiting opioid prescriptions. We look for expeditious agreement between the House and Senate on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which addresses the opioid epidemic from both the demand and supply sides of the problem.
And that’s it, folks! No prescriptive language, much less acknowledgment that the above issues could easily solved by finally legalizing drugs at the federal level – we just posted an item on the efficacy of marijuana and the causal relationship between that and a drop in prescription opioids. ReThugs aren’t into actually solving America’s problems, they just want to nag…
O.k., o.k., o.k. – there’s a couple more after thoughts elsewhere (dealing with veterans and Mexico, of all things.
Over-prescription of opioids has become a nationwide problem hindering the treatment of veterans suffering from mental health issues. We therefore support the need to explore new and broader ranges of options, including faith-based programs 1 2 that will better serve the veteran and reduce the need to rely on drugs as the sole treatment…
Seriously, didn’t I just cover that?
We thank our neighbors in Mexico and Canada who have been our partners in the fight against terrorism and the war on drugs. The Mexican people deserve our assistance as they bravely resist the drug cartels that traffic in death on both sides of our border.
Were I Mexican I would be beyond affronted; since 2007 more Mexicans have died for America’s drug habit than have died fighting in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
And that is the extent of the GOP’s drug policy. All in all the rest of the document reads like a evangelical Christian Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei’s repressed sex fantasy.
Legalize drugs, work on the concomitant medical and social issues surrounding it (like alcoholism) and end 40 some-odd years of regressive and idiotic policy. Not to mention the needless deaths. Fucking morons.
For the nonce someone should horsewhip Kobach and all his ilk, tar and feather them and run them out of public life for good.
- I’m sure the AMA will quickly endorse faith-based programs to relieve pain, having solid data on faith-based abstinence and faith-based MS relief to draw from. ↩
- And…hey, wait a minute! Doesn’t Trump, along with 45% of ReThugs favor medicinal marijuana? Why, yes, Virginia, they do! Though Trump’s opinion varies dependent on the time and day you ask him, as well as how thoroughly baked he is. ↩