Post by A Pot Hos on May 24, 2011 18:38:20 GMT -8
If you are a prohibitionist then you owe us an answer the following questions:
* Why do you rejoice at the fact that we have all been stripped of our 4th amendment rights and are now totally subordinate to a corporatized, despotic government with a heavily armed and corrupt, militarized police force whose often deadly intrusions into our homes and lives are condoned by an equally corrupt and spineless judiciary?
* Why do you wish to continue to spend $50 billion a year to prosecute and cage your fellow citizens for choosing drugs which are not more dangerous than those of which you yourself use and approve of such as alcohol and tobacco?
* Why are you willing to waste another trillion dollars on this garbage policy?
* Why do you need to wage war on your own family, friends and neighbors?
* Why are you happy that America has the largest prison population of the whole planet?
* Why are you helping to fuel a budget crisis to the point of closing schools and libraries?
* Why are you helping to waste precious resources on prohibition related undercover work while rapists and murderers walk free?
* Why are you also not concerned that many cases involving murder and rape do not get taken to trial because law enforcement priorities are subverted by your beloved failed and dangerous policy of prohibition?
* Why are you such a fan of the prison-industrial-complex to the point of even endangering your own children?
*Will you applaud when, due to your incipient authoritarian approach, your own child is caged and raped?
* Will you also applaud when your own child, due to an unnecessary and counter productive felony conviction, can no longer find employment?
Private prisons are publicly traded and their stock value is tied to the number of inmates. Here's what the UK Economist Magazine thinks of the situation: "Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little"
According to Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor of the Wall Street Journal and former assistant secretary to the treasury under Ronald Reagan, "Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists as the greatest threat to the American public."
"Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy … and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with ‘scientific support’ … fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. … The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents." – William F. Buckley, Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495
There is no conflict between liberty and safety. We will have both or neither.
William Ramsey Clark (1927--)