Wednesday, December 25, 2013

End the Drug War Before it Kills us All


Washington, DC—The ultimate Nanny Laws are the drug prohibitions.  Drug laws are intended to prevent stupid people from harming themselves with nature’s chemicals and compounds.  
The idea was to protect the children.  There are better ways to do that than making the incredibly expensive and un-American police state and the deadly and vast torrent of crime and violence associated.   
First of all the cost of manufacturing the dangerous drugs that plague our society is really miniscule.  Creating the drugs costs no more that tea, soft drinks or Twinkies.  The price of drugs is driven by police enforcement and the associated risks involved. The risk associated with drug trafficking is exactly what inflates the profits.
Addicts pay incredible amounts of cash for illicit drugs simply because they are illegal!  The cost is so high and their addiction is so overpowering in the process we created a new class of thieves, robbers, burglars and even killers.  If drugs were not so expensive most addicts would not be involved in crime just to raise drug money to feed their habits.
We created another very ugly crime class of corrupt cops, prosecutors, judges, lawmakers and government contractors that shamelessly exploit and cash in on the Drug War.  They gleefully pose as, White knights but are the evil villains laughing all the way to the bank through every form of corruption.   
The suggestion that prohibitions stop or even slow down drug abuse is a sick joke.  If anything the prohibition makes the drugs more attractive.  Human nature tempts people to engage in risky behavior and to take walks on the wild side.  Sky diving and extreme sports have a similar attraction.  No matter the risk people are only too willing to gamble with their lives.
Drug treatment has been reduced to a scandalous scam.  It’s nothing more that a profitable way for crooks to help convicted drug addicts avoid jail. It’s not about meaningful treatment.  The only way for an addict to get admitted into a treatment program today is by court order after an arrest and conviction!  That’s beyond outrageous.  It’s not about treatment but obscene profits.
Parents are misled by the Drug Czars that their children will all be sticking needles in their arms but for the Drug War. That propaganda hogwash works to convince parents that they are incapable of raising their children without government intervention.  They become brainwashed into believing that if they don’t support the Drug War they’re bad parents! 
No right-minded parent wants their children tempted by anything harmful including drugs.   Government is not a third parent for your child!  Parents need to be parents.  Nobody said being a parent is an easy job.
Hundreds of billions of dollars are wasted on the Drug War every year.  Liberty and freedom has been compromised to the point of no return.
Taxing illicit drugs is just another way to inflate the price and invite every form of crime and corruption.  Let the FDA regulate only legitimate medicine and food purity.  Illicit drugs don’t need or deserve regulation.  For recreational drug users it should simply industry regulated and subject to buyer beware.  
Charles Darwin told us long ago that some people were just not meant to live.  Man’s law can’t change Darwin’s.
If we took a mere ten percent of the cash we waste on the Drug War and used it to treat the addicted that actually wanted treatment we could make vast progress against this cancer.
As for children we must protect them by making it a serious crime to furnish or introduce drugs to them.  
There is nothing positive about the Drug War.  It has killed more than all of the illicit drugs combined.  The fact is the Drug War is killing us.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

"As for children we must protect them by making it a serious crime to furnish or introduce drugs to them."

While I agree that the drug war is a waste of time and money, how would you implement your plan of protecting the children? Making drug dealers subject to arrest for a "serious crime" means that drugs would still be illegal. If that were the case we are back to square one. If drugs were suddenly legal then drug dealers would also not be violating the law. You can't have it both ways.

Crimefile said...

We have laws to protect children from alcohol and tobacco there's no reason why we cannot do the same thing with recreational drugs.

Anonymous said...

I couldn’t agree more with you Paul; again we’re on the same sheet of music.

You’re right, some people are predisposed to drug use and some aren’t. I don’t believe legalizing drugs would turn more people into addicts then would happen under the current conditions but what would happen is that the finances of organized crime would suffer and that would be a very good thing.

Just as we saw at the end of prohibition, gangster empires would crumble without their illicit income. If people really cared about their children they would fight organized crime and end the prohibition against drugs.

And how about is one – how about we legalize and tax it the way we do alcohol and cigarettes? How about we turn drug addicts into taxpayers – instead of tax consumers!

How radical is that?

You’d think the Democrats would love the idea, they usually love anything they can tax.

Anonymous said...

I couldn’t agree more with you Paul; again we’re on the same sheet of music.

You’re right, some people are predisposed to drug use and some aren’t. I don’t believe legalizing drugs would turn more people into addicts then would happen under the current conditions but what would happen is that the finances of organized crime would suffer and that would be a very good thing.

Just as we saw at the end of prohibition, gangster empires would crumble without their illicit income. If people really cared about their children they would fight organized crime and end the prohibition against drugs.

And how about is one – how about we legalize and tax it the way we do alcohol and cigarettes? How about we turn drug addicts into taxpayers – instead of tax consumers!

How radical is that?

You’d think the Democrats would love the idea, they usually love anything they can tax.




Anonymous said...

The "War on Drugs" is all about making money for the Govt.The phoney war is all about Irish Welfare.
Lots a money to be made building AND maintaining jails and prisons,judges,attorneys,deputies,police officers,dispatchers,counsulars,trainers,probation officers,parole officers,etc etc etc

Anonymous said...

William F. Buckley, the godfather of conservative reasoning and perhaps one of the most intelligent Americans who ever lived, wrote an article in 1996 called "The War on Drugs is Lost" wherein he advocated legalizing/decriminalizing drugs. Milton Friedman seconded the motion.