The current sentiments of the so-called Tea Party are very similar to the regressive views of Nixon and Agnew back in the late 1960's. Nixon and Agnew ran a divisive but successful "law and order" campaign and were elected in1968 in direct counter action to the profound social and political change in the consciousness of the majority of people who wanted real change in their lives. Thus, President Nixon was elected during a reactionary period in American history. It was a period of repression and the so-called “law and order” theme really was a code phrase for solidifying the “status quo” on the right to prevent further progressive social change that had become characteristic of the early and mid 1960’s. We should be mindful not to let history to repeat itself today as we approach 2012 elections.
President Obama has to continue to strive both to put an end to the failed drug policies of the past and to promote more treatment for drug related illnesses rather than to build more prisons. We applaud him for the crack/powder disparities being brought down, however we all know that America needs more public policy rehabilitation from the punitive and careless drug policies that have led to the United States to have highest incarceration rate in the world while expanding the ranks of the poor and destitute. We will proudly work with this administration to further fix these decades old problems.