Five years ago, the Libertarian Party hated Bob Barr. In his 2002 congressional race, the Libertarians ran attack ads against him because of his support for the War on Drugs. Now, he is their candidate for the presidency. How did this happen? In his words “The libertarians won”.
Whether or not you have an libertarian sympathies, it is clear that ever since 1972, when Richard Nixon coined the phrase “War on Drugs” as part of his racist Southern Strategy, American’s drug problem has gotten worse and has cost over a trillion dollars (in 2005 alone, $12 billion was spent on federal drug enforcement efforts, and $30 billion was spent to incarcerate non-violent drug offenders).