Pubdate: Mon, 17 Jun 2002
Source: Tribune Review (PA)
Copyright: 2002 Tribune-Review Publishing Co.
Author: Derek Baughman


Can anyone tell me why our government continues its war on drugs with 
commercials aimed at shaming the public into believing that when they buy 
drugs they're funding terrorists?

All the while, it's our government that refuses to win this war. The 
government continues to talk down to us not realizing we, the public, know 
the score.

Without the continued influx and subsequent use of narcotics and eventual 
addiction and rehab, there would be no funding for such programs. No heavy 
spending for the Drug Enforcement Administration. No special-interest 
groups to tap the resources. No money for the narcotics divisions.

It works all the way down. The government lets it in, because it may not be 
good for people, but it's good for business. I think it's time the 
government steps up and takes a good look in the mirror.

But then again, let's remember this war was started with Richard Nixon and 
his wonderful idea of making Elvis Presley an honorary member of the DEA. 
We might as well continue the trend and appoint a Colombian drug czar 
border chief, or Osama bin Laden head of airport security.

Derek Baughman

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