Pubdate: Wed, 30 Aug 2000
Source: The Suncoast News(FL)
Copyright: 2000 The Suncoast News
Contact:  6214 U.S. 19, New Port Richey,FL 34652
Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth, Fort Worth, Texas



Sometimes people just insist on staring the truth in the face and not 
acknowledging it.

Prohibition can never succeed. In over one hundred years, prohibition has 
never even come close to succeeding. Our Law Enforcement institutions and 
even our very economies are now addicted - financially - to the war on 
drugs. Wake up world - this is a fiscal addiction.

It is for this reason and many others that two conditions will always exist 
with prohibition. They are contradictory yet interdependent:

- - Prohibition can't work.

- - The war on drugs must never end.

To those who disagree with reform, consider the following:

I guarantee you that all the gun toting, murderous, ultraviolent, drug lord 
kingpins" who sell to and addict our children in order to generate huge, 
tax-free amounts of bribe money and profits to buy bigger and better homes, 
cars, lawyers and weapons are on your side. They not only appreciate but 
also thrive and depend on your point of view for their very existence.

Maybe the politicians are required to adhere to the party line of 
prohibition because law enforcement, customs, the prison industrial 
complex, the drug testing industry, the INS, the CIA, the FBI, the DEA, the 
politicians themselves, et. al., can't live without the budget 
justification, not to mention the invisible profits, bribery, corruption 
and forfeiture benefits that prohibition affords them. The drug war also 
promotes, justifies and perpetuates racist enforcement policies and is 
diminishing many freedoms and liberties that are supposed to be inalienable 
according to the constitution and bill of rights.

This is the enigma of drug policy today.
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