The War on Drugs is a social problem.
The War on Drugs of choice impacts all Americans negatively without making positive progress toward solving anyone’s drug problems. Just caught myself; I almost said “The Drug Problem.” In reality, the one common drug problem we face as a society is The War on Drugs itself, and its counterpart, the siege against medical freedom. Other drug problems impact individuals, families, spouses, employers, and parents. The War on Drugs of choice brings the battle for freedom up to each of our doorsteps, and into our homes, hospitals, and businesses. It’s a dangerous line that the War on Drugs crosses: No sensible person wants to have the state playing doctor by dispensing or prescribing drugs, or prohibiting their use. The state won’t outgrow its foibles, but it will expand upon them: Only the state could institutionalize medical incompetence, while granting it immunity from liability and a license to practice at the same time.
When the state can control your medications, it can keep your mind and soul prisoner within your own body. When the state can deny you the relief of pain or anguish, it can torture you simply by allowing you to live. And when it can pre-empt disease by coerced medication, the state sets itself in opposition to nature, and you’re a pawn in the highest staked chess game ever played on this planet. Man learns to live with nature, or woo her into a submissive relationship: The state prefers dominance or annihilation. Shall we stamp out physical diseases that strike locally by stamping ideological diseases into the very genetic structure of the human species? When the state can inoculate us by force to protect the public, or dictate our diets, we’re no longer a free people, but a herd of cattle. Rescued from the option of self-destruction, to be slaughtered when it serves herd-control purposes, or the god of war requires human sacrifice? Pass the hemlock please, Socrates!
When the state can take your liberties, it can take liberties with you: And it surely will.
The state that is powerful enough to restrict your use of substances is powerful enough to require your use of substances: vaccines, Ritalin, etc. Similarly, the state that is intrusive enough to prevent abortion will be intrusive enough to mandate abortion when it chooses to do so. If the state can enforce its parameters of sanity, it may confine you within a veritable electric fence of acceptable thoughts and behaviors. When the state is strong enough to confiscate your weapons, it will be strong enough to confiscate your home, your children, your labor, or your life. A state that malignant is as dangerous (if not more so) to its subjects than it is to anyone that crosses it from without. A state powerful and reckless enough to pick its own fights will invent enemies, foreign or domestic, wherever it has a compelling interest to conquer, control, crush resistance, or take spoils.
Perhaps only a leap of good faith by the people and for the people will bring healing to those suffering from drug addiction: The War on Drugs hasn’t. It’s a shame faith is most fashionable these days when it’s placed in politicians. If each one of us placed more faith in our neighbors and less faith in politicians, we’d have a more convivial society and a less anti-convivial government. If there’s a Hell, I can only imagine that it’s stuffed (and staffed!) with bureaucrats and good-doers, eternally wagging their fingers at each other, and endlessly debating things that were never their business to begin with. Evildoers and good-doers are both engaged in “doing unto others,” and whether they are doing evil or good often depends upon a person’s cultural or religious perspectives. One man’s idea of good, considered from a dissenting or opposing perspective, may well constitute another man’s idea of evil.
No law protects people’s health by preventing them from making their own self-informed decisions, except insofar as it presumes people to be foolish. Perhaps some folks esteem it a favor to be presumed foolish; I emphatically do not. Political power holds sway over our choices because we live in fear of what some other fellow will do with his freedom. Imagine an anti-gun crusader saying to an audience, “If you think you are too stupid or irresponsible to be trusted with a gun, please raise your hand.” No hands: remarkable! “Now, all those who think the next person is too stupid to be trusted with a gun, raise your hands.” It’s tragic that we Americans think so poorly of our fellow humans. Many of us don’t give people the benefit of a doubt anymore; instead we’re prone to burdening them with a deficit of beneficence. When we live in perpetual fear of the choices that other people will make, we become prisoners of our own distrust of each other to the extent that we even forget how to trust ourselves. All those who are too stupid or irresponsible to make your own medical or dietary choices, please raise your hands.
The War on Drugs of Choice is an ultimate insult aimed by the bureaucratic class toward the working class, and I don’t mean to insinuate wealth as a culprit when it isn’t fuelling somebody’s political shenanigans. The U.S. government wants to deny us-the-people access to easily grown, versatile, apparently effective, and relatively harmless substances like marijuana. Yet it may force subjects to take dangerous vaccines or psychoactive medications when such serves the state’s purposes. There is no compassion involved there, only treachery. Only in the halls of state can such serious conflicts of interest go unchallenged; lawmakers can pass laws to profit the drug industry, and proceed to make a killing (stun-pun intended) in the process. If we don’t get government out of medicine, not to mention education, we’re going to have a terminally ill society on our hands.
If there’s a shortage of nurses and costs are escalating now, and doctors are leaving your state or pulling down their shingles because malpractice insurance is putting them out of business, that’s a preview of coming distractions. Just say NO to the War on Drugs. A mind is surely a terrible thing to waste, but it’s far better to have the freedom to waste your own mind than allow anyone else – individually or collectively – to waste it for you.