Printed letters, May 2, 2012

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Diane Cox, Would you also apply your statement “We need to learn a lesson from their bitter experiences and continue to resist the expansion of this trade that preys upon human weakness and addiction” to the issue of gambling? If so, would you also demand a vote of the public as you did with the marijuana issue? Should the people determine the outcome of both issues or should that be left to just two commissioners?

With all due respect for my friends who disagree, George Will was right, as was William F. Buckley, Jr. Both proven conservatives fully understood the connecting dots that the so-called “war” on drugs (actually war on the U.S. Constitution on behalf of the duopoly debt-as-money oligarchy), with its not infrequent wrong-address no-knock no-warrant raids that kill innocent people and animals, has completely and very literally destroyed the 4th Amendment.
I believe that what the well-intended-but-constitutionally-apathetic folks who enable and support the inevitable police state culture and militarization of the police inherently attendant to the “war” on drugs fail to understand is that drugs are poison, plain and simple. They are not nutrition, not fun, but deadly poisons that are seriously detrimental to one’s health and well being.
Humans are sufficiently intelligent that we don’t need laws telling us not to ingest poison. If we did, we would need laws telling us not to eat detergent or drink ammonia. The matter can be adequately handled in a manner obedient to the U.S. Constitution via vigorous and effective anti-drug education. Proof of that exists in the way so many liberals are getting educated as to all the poisons being put into our foods by mega-corporations seeking to increase the shelf life of their products. Who would have guessed that so many liberals would have become increasing resentful of the Nanny State over the issue of wholesome food? I love it.
If drugs were legalized, competition would increase and profits would drop like a rock, which is great news from the supply side of the problem. Obviously the best way to reap maximum profits from drugs is to be in high government positions where you can use the powers of office and law enforcement to prosecute your competition. This paradigm of rampant corruption can only exist when drugs are illegal.
I’m always skeptical about the arguments of those who actually want to play a numbers game, the numbers of “victim” addicts versus the numbers killed in wrong-address no-knock no-warrant raids.
Lastly, I despise the “for the children” straw-man talking point so frequently used to buttress weak logic and constitutional apathy. Obviously it is in the best interests of America’s children to have a society where the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights are in full force and effect.
Lastly, I scorn the hypocrisy of tobacco, alcohol and prescription drug users whose position is: “my drug of choice should be legal, but your drug of choice should be illegal.”
Full disclosure: I am a Christian “teetotaler”.

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