Posted by Brad @ 9:21 am on May 26th 2009

Tom Tancredo for Drug Legalization

In case you missed the story, Tom Tancredo came out for ending the War on Drugs last week.

Admitting that it may be political suicide, former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo said its time to consider legalizing drugs.

He spoke Wednesday to the Lincoln Club of Colorado, a Republican group that’s been active in the state for 90 years. It’s the first time Tancredo has spoken on the drug issue. He ran for president in 2008 on an anti-illegal immigration platform that has brought him passionate support and criticism.

Tancredo noted that he has never used drugs, but said the war has failed.

“I am convinced that what we are doing is not working,” he said.

Tancredo told the group that the country has spent billions of dollars capturing, prosecuting and jailing drug dealers and users, but has little to show for it.

Tancredo’s an interesting guy. Clearly, I could never support him, and find his anti-immigration crusading to be positively pathological, as I do with most of his culture war anti-multiculturalism crap.

But, despite his own willingness to paint himself in that box, he’s not quite as one-dimensional as a, say, Duncan Hunter, and I found myself liking Tancredo a number of times in the Republican primary despite myself. He was a strong advocate of constitutionalism, was down with Ron Paul and, aside from Paul,


  1. This post is incomplete.

    Comment by Jerrod — 5/26/2009 @ 10:16 pm

  2. The only people who are pathological are the pro immigration crowd, who can never seem to get enough immigration nor can they ever find an particular immigrant or group of immigrants that would be worth restricting.

    Nor does the economy make a difference with the immigration crowd, as the continue to issue work visas despite a 10% or higher unemployment rate in many states.

    The pathology seems to be on the side of the immigration crowd, not those who would like to reduce immigration to more normal levels.

    Comment by daveg — 5/28/2009 @ 3:24 pm

  3. No no, its like The Lady Or The Tiger. Brad leaves it to the reader to decide “aside from Paul… what?”

    That’s right, we don’t know. We can never know. It is an enigma, but one that challenges our imagination and assumptions, not merely about Tancredo’s obvious drug addiction, but also about the very nature of blogging while using. Aside from Paul, indeed.

    Comment by Jack — 5/28/2009 @ 10:05 pm

  4. Man, I gotta quit posting on the fly.

    Comment by Brad — 5/28/2009 @ 10:20 pm

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