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June 14, 2013 - 9:57 am

Here’s Senator Paul on the disturbing disparity in drug-related arrest rates between black and white Americans:

In the case of arrests, federal agencies have hamstrung local law enforcement agencies by requiring them to meet numerical arrest goals in order to secure funding. Morally, this is troubling. In practical terms, instead of local enforcement agencies spending their time investigating serious felony crimes, they concentrate on minority and depressed neighborhoods to increase their drug arrest statistics.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which reported on the arrest statistics, highlighted the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program. This federal program distributes millions of dollars a year to local law enforcement agencies. Arrest numbers are a performance measure used in doling out the money.

We are literally sending our money to Washington where an overgrown bureaucracy is encouraging racial profiling before the money is allowed to be sent back to us. We should keep more of our money and decision-making power closer to home — and put an end to practices that encourage discrimination.

A radical concept, returning to the states criminal jurisdiction never granted to the federal government by the Constitution.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Wow - epic. Rand Paul using the language of Progressives against them. Heads are probably exploding now with good liberals trying to find a way to condemn something Paul said that they claim to agree with.

Obviously, Rand Paul is racist for noticing.
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Federal money always comes with strings attached.
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Not to mention, we need to address aggressive civil forfeiture statutes.
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One more symptom of a system that not only militarizes our police but gives them a profit motive...something law enforcement should NEVER have.

If the drug war was winnable it'd be over by now. Time to call it off.
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We could probably win it in short order if we actually fought it as a war. I imagine few people would choose to become drug kingpins if it meant a JDAM would be showing up in their bedroom at some point.

Of course that would mean militarization of our borders and execution or indefinite detention (as spies) of Americans selling or possessing drugs.

While that's infinitely better than the status quo, I'm not sure it's a preferable option to simply legalizing drugs (at least as a federal matter).
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