Republicans and Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee came together on Thursday morning to pass a landmark bill aimed at overhauling the federal government’s drug sentencing laws. Those laws, adopted by the U.S. at the height of the anti-drug fervor of the 1980s, have helped make the United States prison system the largest in the world.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
The Smarter Sentencing Act, introduced last summer by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah), would reform the nation’s mandatory minimum statutes, which require judges to impose fixed sentences on people convicted of drug offenses, even when the judges deem those sentences excessively severe.
I won't go into a big commentary why a massive all-hands-on-deck mobilization should begin because we all know: the drug war is a farce. It is a war on minorities that began under false pretense during the infamous Reefer Madness yellow journalism era.
This is a very rare situation that has united libertarian/Tea Party wing of the GOP with most of the factions of the Democratic party.
This is an bill that could probably only pass with a massive mobilization.
And kudos to the Tea Party libertarian wing of the GOP for being consistent on this issue that causes so much harm to the Constitution.