Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, April 11, 2008

Suckers for the Phony War On Drugs

LTE: THE PHONY WAR ON DRUGS

I'm writing about Ralph Givens' thoughtful letter ( "End drug prohibition," April 8 ):

The so-called war on drugs is a huge industry and huge bureaucracy. Victory in the drug war is not possible, nor is it the goal. Victory in the drug war would mean that the drug war industry and bureaucracy are out of business.

There are basically two types of people who support the so-called war on drugs:

Those who make their livelihood from it. This includes politicians and bureaucrats who are probably on the payroll of the drug cartels. ( Al Capone had hundreds of politicians and prohibition officials on his payroll. )

Suckers - taxpayers who have bought into the lies and propaganda of the drug-war industry and bureaucracy.

Suckers - who are willing to sacrifice their own liberty and freedom because they don't like what others do to themselves.

Suckers - who believe that criminalizing a substance will make it go away.

Suckers - who think that drug prohibition somehow protects children.

Suckers - who think that giving criminals control of dangerous drugs somehow protects children and our society.

Suckers - who think that they live in a free country even thought the United States is the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization.

Kirk Muse, / Mesa, Ariz. (see US CA: PUB LTE: The Phony War On Drugs )

A gem in the genre of LTE's on drug policy, one at least deserving of a MildGreen acknowledgement adding that just as the USA prides itself in its libertarian social constructs so too does New Zealand, yet we have the second most incarcerated society... and that can only be achieved collectively by a nation of suckers. We are collectively responsible for this mess. /Blair

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