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NPT Drug War: O’Rourke and Acosta on CNN

On CNN this weekend, a story about decriminalizing marijuana, which quotes city Rep. Beto O’Rourke as saying: “It’s the least worst option to ending the cartel violence. I thought our drug laws were silly, but you don’t realize how big of a problem you’re facing until it really gets brought home for you in your community.” [link]

City Rep. Emma Acosta was quoted on CNN the previous weekend, March 14. Her office sent a news release stating this: “Acosta was quoted saying the violence is hurting the economy of both El Paso and Juarez. And if U.S. cities ignore what is going on in Mexico, it will only hurt the welfare of border cities like El Paso. ‘Just yesterday, I was talking to an entrepreneur in Juarez, where she used to employ 1000 people. Now that’s gone down to 100 people’. Acosta told CNN.”


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 23, 2009 at 12:53 am

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  1. These two must operate in a news and reality vaccum.

    They just dont get it. We are not responsible for Mexico. The MEXICAN people have to demand the change in THEIR government. Very transparent pandering for votes. Must be feeling their re-election slipping away.

    Now we will hear from the “my rights are being violated and I want to save the world” BS crowd.
    They would have more creditibilty if they would admit that is the farthest thing from their minds and simply want to smoke a joint.


    March 23, 2009 at 7:47 am

  2. So – Emma is like Chuck Schumer – get me in front of any camera, any reporter, anywhere – just so I can mouth about something and hopefully District 3 will re-elect me.

    go lozano

    March 23, 2009 at 9:22 am

  3. This has nothing to do with policing Mexico. Prohibition for alcohol is the reason the Mafia (i.e., organized crime) came into being, and especially why they had the money and power they did. Organized crime today, on the border, is in gangs (small) and drug cartels (large). History proves out that it is only profitable when it is illegal because it goes underground. People will still use drugs, just as they still drank/drink alcohol. The real “war” against drugs is a joke. The problem is far worse than it was, and it makes for profits on both sides (esp. when corruption is involved, and let us not be naive to think there is no corruption in El Paso!). Education has been KEY to reducing cigarette use, alcohol use, as well as drug use. Reform, education, rehab units, etc. are a better method to help people get off drugs.

    On the other hand, the kidnappings around the border, in many states, is rising, due to the drug cartel occasionally being drained of their revenues when their payloads are ambushed. This puts honest and regular citizens at high risk for kidnapping, ransom, torture, and even death. I think that prohibition against drugs would stop the drug cartel in their tracks because it would lowering their profit margin by 95% or more; however, the vacuum it would cause would provide a new niche for kidnappings, and other unjust acts of violence, to ensue with great severity. Because LIVES of people are more valuable than drug MONEY profits, in this particular kind of case, I have rethought the end-to-drug-prohibition idea and think it would cause a whole new/increased problem in human trafficking. There would be other unforeseen problems as well, due to the law of unintended consequences.

    Something to think about.


    March 23, 2009 at 11:11 am

  4. I love how we get soaked in our own nationalities and fail to see the bigger picture.
    What makes you think we don’t have a part in what is currently going on with the drug war?
    Wasn’t it our American President Nixon who declared a war on drugs? This drug war that’s been going on for what? Four decades now? And where do those drug cartels get those weapons anyway? The U.S.? No way, really? Yes, really.
    Did you know the U.S. is currently the biggest consumer of illicit drugs?

    Are you even from El Paso? Are you from any border town? Because unless people are, I don’t think they can quite understand the current situation. Sad thing is there are actually people further up the country that actually care about this-in comparison to local natives.

    People’s rights are being violated. Yes, corruption is behind it all.

    I’d like to see what people in other countries would be saying about us if we were in the situation Mexico is right now. “Oh, those Americans just wanna smoke a joint.” Yeeeeeah, never mind that your uncle, a doctor, is being threatened with death because he doesn’t pay his monthly $800 fee to whatever drug cartel. They’re doing this with citizens. Never mind that two children lost their mother because a lost bullet hit her in the head while there was a shooting between drug cartels. People totally don’t care about that, they just wanna smoke a joint. Pleeease, get real man.

    Let's do some research, please.

    March 23, 2009 at 11:20 am

  5. Sunstar, you are one of the very people that post comments about the drug war that is doing some productive and realistic thinking about this situation.

    I am glad to see that you understand that the WAR is a lot more complicated and far reaching than just legalization and voila, no more problems.Legalization will just produce a whole new set of criminal activity. Then it becomes an endless circle.

    I hope more of you open your eyes and offer something more than “dude, pass me the joint so the world problems will go away”.


    March 23, 2009 at 11:46 am

  6. Its not just about cartels fighting each other. Talk to people that actually live in Juarez. They tell me there is no law and order. Young people are committing a lot of these crimes and it’s not because they are part of the cartel wars or even gangs. They know nothing will happen so they will kill for money – as little as $100 and steal anything and everything and kidnap. That’s what happens when government is corrupt. Fix the government and things will get better.

    go lozano

    March 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm

  7. Nationalistic thinking is definitely an issue on both sides, and more cooperation needs to occur; however, O’Rourke’s and others’ idea for legalizing drugs was to end the cartel’s profits and stop violence on this side, as well as the other. Our bi-national city breathes the same air, shares the same water source, and the people cross continually (some to work on this side, and some to work on the other side of the border), etc. We share the same ecological zone, and our economic situations are tied together (as in the drug cartel affecting crime on both sides, etc.).

    The international boundary is drawn by mankind, is arbitrary (only having the meaning that we give it), and defines highly political boundaries and mental sets more than actual differences in human beings trying to live and pursue happiness and success. ALL people deserve to live without fear of being persecuted or as victims of crime. This is the goal, but making a rational decision towars that goal is the hardest part.

    If you lived in poverty, and you were starving, and saw your family starving (regardless of what side you live on), your selective pressures might push you to survive ANY way possible! Some have ethical standards, and some feel surviving is more important than scruples. Drug cartel or kidnapping, an authentic business endeavor, or whatever else; doesn’t matter. This is a two-sided single coin we are dealing with here, and we cannot do something on one side without affecting the other. There is no easy answer, and even if our elected officials decide to make the BEST possible decision they can, there will always, always, always be unintended consequences that were either ignored due to lack of vision (to unpredict outcomes), or were just simply “unknowns.”

    Something more productive would be to make a list of all possible known (or predicted) variables of the PROS and CONS for each possible decision; what social impacts there might be on both sides of the border, and make an informed decision based on a feasability study, and mathematical calculations via algorithms.


    March 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm

  8. Go lozano, Here’s another one that understands. There is hope in EP after all.

    You got it, it’s the leading from the Juarez rear headquarters(El Paso), criminals(victims of American drug buyers) and opportunists(victims of let’s blame somebody).

    The Mexican people must do it and we have to drop the hammer on the gun smugglers, official corruption and the “Vote for me and I will legalize drugs crowd”. While you’re at it, buy them a map and show them that Texas and Mexico are two different places, not the same.

    We will help those that help themselves but we wont do it for you nor take responsibilty for your failures. We have our own Hall of Shame Inductees.


    March 23, 2009 at 1:19 pm

  9. O’Rourke and Acosta are embarassments to this city.


    March 23, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  10. O’Rourke and Acosta are not an embarrassment to this city.


    March 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm

  11. The Real embarrassment to this city is State Rep.
    Norma Chavez … Big Time !!!


    March 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm

  12. Yea, Norma, the giggling teeny bopper.

    Gene Gonzalez

    March 24, 2009 at 6:43 pm

  13. Fix the government, uh, we the people are the government. Here in the U.S. and I suppose the same in Mexico. We have to do something, they have to do something Mr Lozano, perhaps if you had some military time you would know what I mean. Wake up, smell the cafe, viva la Jeff,love the great state of TEXAS and god bless the U.S.A..

    big ed

    March 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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