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Philpot should reconsider his position on failed U.S. drug policy

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To The Daily Sun,

As Commissioner Ed Philpot's opponent during the election, I am disappointed in his comments about the Belknap County Republican Delegation. He called them bad people that want to destroy government. During the election we both prided ourselves on running a clean campaign, an example of how politics should be. I have had many good conversations with him and I know there are many issues that unite us. If Ed Philpot is the person I think he is, he probably now regrets saying what he said.

To set the record straight, I am one of those small-government Republicans that he referred to as bad. I am also one of those people at the tip of a spear he talked about. I have been doing my best to promote the truth about bad policies that hurt people and drive away jobs. Ed Philpot needs to remember that good people can disagree.
I became a Republican last year, just prior to filing time for the 2012 election. As an Independent that served as the Belknap County Co-Chairman for the Ron Paul campaign, the Belknap County Republicans welcomed me with open arms. The Belknap County Republican party is not made up of mean, bad people who want to destroy government. What unites all Republicans is that we want policies that promote fiscal responsibility and job growth so all citizens can enjoy economic prosperity. We also believe in the rule of law and that the role of government is to protect our rights, not limit them. Big government politicians believe the reason why the middle class is shrinking and ranks of the poor are growing is because government is not growing fast enough. We have been riding this train for decades and it is not working and now we are on the road to serfdom with a growing 17 trillion dollar deficit.
Ed Philpot is also upset that his new county jail will not happen and considers people that opposed it as bad. I believe he wants to help people, just as I do, but we have a disagreement on which path to take. I have worked hard behind the scenes against the new county jail by voicing my opinion to state representatives, writing letters to the editor and presenting my argument on talk radio. The war on drugs is a complete failure and the new 42 million dollar county jail will not conquer it, but instead perpetuate it. Every year is worse than the next no matter how many police officers we hire or prisons we build. We now incarcerate five times as many people before the so called war on drugs started, which equates to 25 percent of the world's prison population. The current war on drugs does not help people, but can destroy them and sentence them to a life of poverty and government dependency. People convicted of a felony drug crime may never earn a living wage and will most likely require government assistance for the rest of their life. This explains why our infrastructure is crumbling. All our money is spent on locking people up and supporting felons that cannot find a job, instead of fixing our bridges and roads. These people need a job, not a jail cell.
Ed Philpot and I are both the same age. We both went to college before the war on drugs started. We probably both know people who did some really stupid things but found success without help from the government or cost to the taxpayer. Ed Philpot should reconsider his position on the current failed drug policy that is bankrupting the nation. Our resources should be spent on drug treatment and counseling, not prison cells and job destroying felony drug convictions. The end result of the current war on drugs is angry young people with no future, thus perpetuating drug abuse and crime. A felony conviction and a welfare check for life is not the American dream these people hoped for.

David DeVoy