THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE
Hypocrisy of the Drug War
The Drug War, we hear so much about this every evening as we sit and relax for a long arduous day. A constant reminder of the ill of our own making in the society that we strive to improve, enrich and transform. I cannot go into the reasons for which this plague came upon us, for that began in the far reaches of our history as a species, who…how…when will never be answered. But we can address the issues of how this malady is approached and dealt with.
The governing bodies, of which we elect, in the hopes of safe guarding our well-being, seem to be on a collision course. The Federal government in the late 1960’s declared a war in which the full weight of its agencies would within their power and might tackle this growing and dangerous problem in our country. Seemly for decades it had progressed with sometimes glowing achievements diminished the rapid expansion it’s growth. Then with a creeping subtleness it began to expand into a huge enterprize, dwarfing anything previous. Why is this? MONEY. The root of all evil or so I have heard. But I doubt this could be the only reason, it would seem that societal acceptance also played a perhaps even greater part.
So much for the philosophical aspect of the problem. Now for the meat of the matter, the hypocrisy of the governmental strata which in their benevolent wisdom deem it an acceptance to forgo the health concerns of the populist, for which they are ultimately responsible, and seek an undermining position of permitting and even promoting the sale, and usage of these products. As amazing as it seems, several states have enact laws (which by the way is contrary and perhaps even seditious, to the Constitution which all officials swear an oath to, protect and defend) to so call “legalize” drugs for personal use. Why only a certain few, why not all?
By let’s pick the most popular one “cannabis”, growing as a bothersome weed or herb for as long as humanity has remembered. Usage is many, benefits as a health issued, debated. Euphoric relaxant not so (trust me). Monetary gain; un-boundless. Determent to society; unequitable YES.
All governmental agencies, local-state-federal froth at the mouth in expounding the dangers of Tobacco and Alcohol, restricting their use and “soap-boxing” their health risk, along with the cost in human lives and moneys drained from their coffers to combat the health effects. Even to the extreme of banning tobacco use in public areas of cities. California, do you not have a tobacco ban in certain cities? But more recently gave the ok to puff away on a drug inducing “smoke-able” sustain for personal use in PUBLIC? Un-beliveable, do you now see where they Hypocrisy comes in to play.
But this is not all, the federal government is battling opioid addict in a major push to eradicate the use of a beneficial drug to some (who truly need) and not those who profit illegally by its sale and distribution. While in the same breath are providing “Syringes” to heroin users in an effort to curtail transmittable diseases, Duh let me re-read that.
Some major cities have even entertained the notion of instituting “safe zones” for addicts. A place where they are allowed to ingest illegal drugs, under a regulated environment with medical assistant just in case they over dose. Philadelphia; are you reading this? Only one question here, will you in the future also be providing these drugs to addicts that cannot afford them? I am sure this will help beautify your city by removing the “human refuge” from your city streets. But would it not also be of a greater benefit to provide recovery zones for these people, or is that too much of an expense?
The hypocrisy in boundless, I neither have the time or space to itemize it all.
OPINION: The only way to solve the problem is to elimenate the useage, by destorying the demand the supply in worthless.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
CONTRIBITOR: Eddy Toorall