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Michael Ramirez

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  1. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    I think the war on drugs has been an epic failure!!!!
    It has been expensive, unnecessary, and ruined countless lives by criminalizing a behavior that MIGHT lead further crime:

    The war on drugs decimated communities, left families fatherless, motherless and in poverty, helped bankrupt the country with all the money we spent on interdiction, prosecution and incarceration.

    That being said – I think Eric Holder is doing it wrong. He should be lobbying congress to change the laws and not just unilaterally decide he won’t enforce them because that is NOT the job of the executive branch.

    I rarely like his positions but on this one I applaud him for trying to do something. I just think it is the wrong thing.

    Lobby your congressmen people. Decriminalize much of the drug trade. Embrace freedom (including the freedom to do something as stupid as using drugs) and stay out of your neighbors business.

    For those of you who will spout the evils of drugs. Let me remind you that the world didn’t fall apart when we enacted the 21st amendment. Imagine all the money we would save if we could Half the number of prosecutions and incarcerations. Imagine the money we would save if we didn’t need enormous coast guard cutters running up and down the coast harassing fishermen and dayboaters. Imagine the growth in the economy if those that are incarcerated were allowed to be fully productive rather then languishing in a cell.

  2. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 3 years ago

    Since the GOP house is incapable of passing laws, all governing now has to come from courts, the president, the EPA, the Fed, and Eric Holder. There are too many non-violent criminals in jail, and it costs $80 billion a year. If the GOP actually wanted to solve this problem, they could pass a law changing mandatory sentencing. Or raise taxes to keep the criminals locked away at our expense. Either course requires governing, which the GOP is incapable of doing, so good on Eric Holder for taking action.

  3. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 3 years ago

    A survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University has found that viewers of Fox News are less informed about world events than people who do not watch ANY news; that is, 18 points less likely to know, for example, that Egyptians overthrew their government, six points less likely to know that Syrians have not yet overthrown their government; this in comparison to those who watch no news. Fairleigh Dickinson political science Professor Dan Cassino said, “The results show us that there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all.”

    Goes for Ramirez’s cartoons, in my opinion: study ‘em and end up knowing less than you’d glean from common sense.

  4. DGF999

    DGF999 said, about 3 years ago

    @Mephistopheles

    Drugs have decimated communities, left families fatherless, motherless and in poverty,

    Fixed.

  5. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    Seeing you demonize the people you hate is nothing new, but at least you’ve embraced multimedia. That’s progress, I guess….

  6. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 3 years ago

    Issues with holder include, AP investigation, Fast and Furious, in contempt of the House with no less than 17 Democrats crossing party lines. There is a lot more please add your own.

  7. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    “It always ends up “Not enforce the law” for Holder.”

    You realize he’s deciding whether or not to prosecute George Zimmerman for for hate crimes…

  8. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @DGF999 – I concede that excessive use of drugs have brought about the demise of some people and families; but so have many other activities.

    If we can agree the goal of the government is to help families and communities (as opposed to harm them) and either path (intercede or ignore) can lead to harm then I argue the Government should take the least obtrusive path.

    What you are seeing is the ultimate outcome of the nanny state. The government can’t win at prohibition – Why do you think we have the 21st amendment?

    Not only do I not want my government unnecessarily trodding on the rights of my neighbors. I don’t want them using my tax dollars to do it.

  9. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    “If the tax payers complain ,they must be racists.”

    When you put it like that, I can’t help but agree. Whatever your point is, you’d be more convincing if you brought up facts instead of racist stereotypes. Rural whites rely on most of the same programs in equal numbers as urban blacks. Are they just sitting around getting drunk & high, too?

  10. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago

    @Mephistopheles

    Food for thought: The War on Drugs wouldn’t have decimated those families and communities if drugs weren’t present to begin with. Those who turn to drugs, regardless of the type, are guilty of a crime and should face the penalty for committing said crime.

    What you’re supporting is tantamount to legalizing the import of dangerous, addictive, and deadly drugs. Those boats coming from South America aren’t carrying fluffy bunnies and rainbows. They are carrying death in a needle: Heroine, Crack, etc.

    And for those incarcerated individuals who would be “productive” members of society, you are making a massive assumption regarding their capability to hold a job. You also are assuming there are jobs for those people to fill. They are probably costing us less in Prison than if they were on some eleventy versions of social aid.

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago

    @Mephistopheles

    Well written, and to the point. Certainly some drugs are more debilitating than others. I read that Denmark has eliminated all drug laws and have methadone trucks on street corners. The idea is that children will see the people strung out on methadone and decide for themselves that it’s a path they don’t want to follow. A big gamble, to sacrifice part of one generation to better the next one, but it seems to be working.

    But most people know that pot does not make anyone angry, vicious, or violent, as opposed to, say, alcohol, or caffeine in large enough quantities. And most people jailed for drugs are jailed for small amounts of pot.

    10 years ago, a friend of mine flew on a commercial flight. The guy next to him was a DEA agent, who told him that—at that time—it was estimated that 3 out of 5 American households had pot in it.

    If everyone who ever smoked pot walked to the police station and turned themselves in, we’d have more people in jail than out of it.

    Legalize and tax marijuana. Way fewer single-parent families as a result, and you’d be surprised how the debt would reduce.

  12. Mephistopheles

    Mephistopheles GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Wrathkin – Yes, those drugs are illegal and using them contitutes a crime in this country. That doesn’t make the law right.

    You are right – Those aren’t bunnys and rainbows coming up from the south – Though I doubt heroine is coming from the south (Made from Afghanisan Poppys and all). Personally I wouldn’t use the product but that doesn’t mean I want to restrict access to them from others.

    We are fooling ourselves if we think we can prohibit them out of existance.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    The “war on drugs” was the only Reagan policy we should have “just say no” to, a long time ago with regard to marijuana and non-violent criminals, which is what Holder is saying.


    REAL narcotics (which marijuana is NOT, despite the federal listing) laws SHOULD be enforced, especially all the over-produced PRESCRIPTION drugs the companies know full well they’re producing far in excess of “legitimate” demand. That is what leaves the black market so open and profitable.


    Lest I be declared a “bleeding heart liberal” again, my view on heroin, meth, cocaine, and other potentially lethal and destructive drugs and narcotics is to make the seller consume whatever they have in their supply, on the spot of arrest, and book them into the morgue, not jail. Save us some money. BUT, they also need to go up the ladder to get the “big guys” behind the trade, not just the street merchants. Of course, those “big guys” have state and federal officials in their pockets, so worry not much about prosecution.


    BTW, setting up Noriega, Ed Meese III and North were among the biggest drug dealers in U.S. history, but as Paul Harvey would have said, that is the REST of the story, that was hidden from the public.

  14. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    @Wraithkin

    Food for thought: The War on Drugs Prohibition wouldn’t have decimated those families and communities if drugs alcoholic drinks weren’t present to begin with. Those who turn to drugs booze, regardless of the type, are guilty of a crime and should face the penalty for committing said crime.

    Same old argument.

  15. itisme

    itisme GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Judges themselves have been complaining about mandatory minimum sentencing since their being enacted back in the Reagan administration.
    But, of course, this is less about common sense and more about beating up on Eric Holder and by way of that taking a dig at the president.

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