War on Drugs and Spying

MOLA:42’s Guide to Fighting the War on Drugs

As always I need to start with a story; this time a story you have all heard before:

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In America, alcohol consumption was a problem. Fathers spent their paychecks in bars, public drunkenness was rampant and social problems due to alcohol addiction were rife.

 

Thus America introduced Prohibition. And so: Fathers spent their paychecks in speakeasies, public drunkenness was rampant and social problems due to alcohol addiction were rife.

 

America realized the whole program (the “Great Experiment”) was a mistake and repealed Prohibition. Afterwards: Fathers spent their paychecks in bars, public drunkenness was rampant and social problems due to alcohol addiction were rife.

 

Now we fast forward; but not so far into the future that folks have an excuse not to remember lessons learned from the “Great Experiment”.

 

In America, hard drug consumption was a problem. Parents spent their paychecks on drugs, public intoxication was rampant and social problems due to drug addiction were rife.

 

Thus America introduced the War on Drugs. And so: Parents spend their paychecks on drugs, public intoxication is rampant and social problems due to drug addiction are rife.

 

What did change in both situations was that dealing in the illegal intoxicants was very profitable as long as one did not get caught at it. Being illegal the prices were (and are) artificially high meaning there was a huge mark-up and no regulation on quality; which meant you could blind or kill your customers and not worry about it.

 

Now (as then) criminal organizations battle it out for supremacy and anything the Government does just makes the problem worse by creating power vacuums that lead to extreme violence that lead to innocents being caught in the cross fire that lead to a new set of thugs in power (that’s why we call them Drug “Lords”) until Uncle Sam introduces regime change again.

 

The irony is that the War on Drugs is primarily fought in other people’s countries despite the fact that the USA is the problem. We provide the market which is rich enough to be worth killing and dying for. There is open war in Mexico; political insurgencies in Central and South America find the trade so lucrative they can fund their conflicts with it.

 

What brought on this article’s subject?

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Recently the Tuluwat Examiner pointed out that heroin is staging to be the next public holocaust of choice. In the comment section Fred Mangels, correctly I think, pointed out that saying that the problem exists is just about as useful as discussing the weather. Where were the solutions?

 

My reply was recognizing that the problem exists is the first step which will hopefully be followed by adult discussion and then a workable consensus arrived at.

 

Mr. Mangels replied, also correctly I think, “Let’s see it then.”

 

By the way, I am paraphrasing what both Mr. Mangels and I said but I think I caught the essence of the exchange.

 

So, here is how we win the War on Drugs:

 

First: We concede defeat and put an end to a program that has cost billions of dollars and thousands of lives with no evident good effect. We legalize everything.

 

Second: We then prepare to start picking up the bodies of dead junkies by the truck load.

 

Third: We do more than skin deep programs to treat addicts when they are ready to be treated AND we do meaningful research into why a rich nation such as ours has this completely out of control kind of problem in the first place.

By the way, I make no claim to have come up with this plan on my own.

I think the Third point should have been employed first all along; before either Prohibition or the War on Drugs. Jail and prison have proven time and again to be a poor setting for treating drug addiction.

If you are an addict, jail is no deterrent. That applies whether you are a ‘20’s alcoholic or a new millennium meth addict. That’s kind of a definition of being an addict; you need something so badly the consequences mean nothing.

I’m not sure the Second point will really come about; the repeal of Prohibition did not lead to an increase in alcohol overdoses worth talking about at the time. Perhaps it would be the same now. But, we must be prepared for it. We must be ready for the consequences of our actions and be firm in our resolve; otherwise this will never work.

 

The First point will be the hardest for most people to swallow. Conceding defeat is something Americans have a hard time doing. And we are terrified of the idea of “Opening the Flood Gates” by legalizing that which can only be described as poison.

I think what we are talking about is a social problem, not a military problem. In the end things will probably be much the same as before. Prohibition did not lead to America going dry; and after Prohibition the country did not fall into an alcoholic coma once “the flood gates were opened.”

What will happen is the price of drugs will go down; getting the drugs will be out in the open and criminal gangs here and throughout the rest of the world will no longer have this particular gold mine to fight over.

What is the possibility of ending the War on Drugs in my lifetime? Zero. Of it ever happening? Not much better than zero.

Look around; even in our new world of marijuana acceptance politicians use the wording, “When pot is legalized,” not, “Pot should be legalized”.

 

If our leaders don’t have the guts to say Marijuana Prohibition is a mistake, what chance will there be for ending the War on Drugs?

The reason I’m doing this now, putting forward this solution to the drug problem of our community and our nation, is that I firmly believe in the Arena of Ideas. I believe when a people thoroughly and rationally discuss an issue then ANY problem can be solved.

It’s either that or Democracy is but a fever dream.

 

Standard Disclaimer: My opinions are my own and not necessarily those of the Tuluwat Examiner. I am not on the staff of the Tuluwat Examiner. I don’t even know who these people are.

Though no doubt after this the NSA will want to know who I am.

Which brings us to the post we planned for today:

 

The best warepeal patriot acty to stop indiscriminate and unconstitutional government spying is to repeal the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act — the two laws that that have allowed the NSA, FBI and CIA to run roughshod over our First and Fourth Amendment rights.

 

But allies in DC are saying that, when the House votes in a few weeks on proposals to reform the NSA, repealing the PATRIOT act and FISA Amendments Act might not even be on the table.

 

Congressman Rush Holt is one of our strongest congressional champions in this fight, and he needs as many of his colleagues as possible to co-sign his letter, which already has bipartisan support.

 

Call now and urge Rep. Huffman to add his name to Rep. Rush Holt’s letter about repealing the PATRIOT Act and the FISA Amendments Act to House leadership.

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/holt_patriot_act/

our Representative is Jared Huffman Call him

Telephone :(202) 225-5161

 

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7 thoughts on “War on Drugs and Spying

  1. Right on point again Mola. You don’t have to be a “libertarian” to support changing policies regarding drugs from a “criminal law” to the public health arena. We would all be much better off, both in the courts and our public health system, and people might actually get the help they need.

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  2. There is too much money…make that WAY too much money, being made on enforcement, prosecution and imprisonment by the oligarchs to get anyone as much a part of the current system as Mr. Huffman to listen with honesty to the very intelligent arguements you make here. We must learn that lesson first.
    We need new blood in ALL our public institutions before change is possible.

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  3. So how are we to fill all the empty jail and prison cells. Also all those future druggies, since not HAVING A CRIMINAL RECORD, will be able to vote, and have a decent job, providing they only get stoned at night and also don’t get pulled over and get a ‘under the influence’ ticket. Well Mola, it will truly be a brave new world that you propose, and probably better than the current mess. But get rid of the ‘the Patriot Act? Them is fighten words. The repeal thing is going to be a real stretch for the tea party people to accept. What ever will they talk about when they gather, succession, at least ten guns in every home? I feel a bit light headed just thinking about the changes.

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  4. Thanks again all. Good points.

    I don’t know the solution to getting the rest of us (our community, our nation) on board. I guess we chip away one piece at a time, like the long trek to marijuana legalization. We keep at it until it makes enough sense to enough people for them to consider the problem seriously.

    It’s not hopeless, it’s just… way out there.

    Oh, the NSA called. They remarked that my morning Fruit Loops intake is way higher than the normal American’s. I’m glad they are looking out for me.

    It’s all for our own good…. what would we do with all those pesky freedoms anyway?

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