Pubdate: Wed, 11 Jan 2006
Source: Quesnel Cariboo Observer (CN BC)
Copyright: 2006 Quesnel Cariboo Observer
Author: Chris Buors


Has John Goodman never heard the parable of The Fall? The moral of 
the story is the forbidden fruit always tastes sweeter.

Further, the serpent is the truth-teller and emerges from the garden 
a lot more powerful than when he got there. The Supreme Authority 
punishes the tempted and not the tempter in the parable.

The government has also lied to us for our own good and plagued our 
society with a never-ending parade of demon drug temptations for the 
last 100 years. The regimentation of Canadians against periodic table 
substances served up scapegoats, but did not solve any social 
problems. Perhaps Mr. Goodman skipped school the day the failed 
American noble experiment with alcohol prohibition was discussed. 
There were no virtues when coercive force was applied to prevent the 
lustful from engaging in gluttony then and the same prohibition laws 
do not prevent the exuberance of youth from tasting whatever 
forbidden fruits now.

Any farmer could brew alcohol and the youth merely dipped their 
flasks in the old man's gin tub. The Salvation Army report noted they 
went from dealing with drunks in the gutter to dealing with drunks in 
the school yard. Then there was the horrific poisoning that blinded 
and killed with bootleg booze. Anybody who can read on the Internet 
can become a crystal meth cook.

Crystal meth has no problems associated with it when it is sold as 
desoxyn at the pharmacy. There will be fewer children harmed if they 
have access to drugs of a known purity. The pharmacist will be able 
to mete out professional advice on safe use.

Mr. Goodman needs to consider the police have a vested interest in 
maintaining drug prohibition. The police are experts on policing.

They have no special insight on social problems or economics. 
Anthropologists and pharmacologists are the people we need to hear from.

Addicts are the medicalized version of lustful gluttons humanity has 
considerable experience dealing with. Lustful gluttons need to 
satisfy that lust or die trying.

Only they can control themselves and they do that when they decide 
they are darn good and ready. Free will exists and addiction is a 
myth that finds receptive ears in a society conditioned to believe in 
demonic possessions.

Drugs have no supernatural powers of allurement. Drugs are inert and 
people have all the moral turpitudes. Crack cocaine would cost the 
same as coffee pound for pound on the free market. A lustful glutton 
could steal something cheap or bum $5 and buy a kilo of it. How much 
less crime would they have to resort to to get their fill?

Turn that $1,000-a-day habit into a $5-a-day habit. A couple of 
ounces is all the worst of gluttons could use.

It is Mr. Goodman who needs to reconsider his support for prohibition 
because his moral compass is askew. We have a natural right to 
self-medicate. We have owned that right since time began. No man 
would have the right to take away the medicine another free man was 
using for whatever reason.

How is it we confer a power to the state that we do not ourselves have?

Temperance, prudence, justice and fortitude are the four cardinal 
virtues. Drug prohibition has never lived up to a single one of them.

Wanting your drug free utopia so badly that you would willingly harm 
another person by meting out a criminal record is vain glory defined.

Now that every draconian nonsensical ploy to save people from 
themselves has been exhausted, perhaps we can try liberty.

Leave the drug users alone. That's the policy that worked for every 
other scapegoat humanity has ever had.

Chris Buors

Winnipeg, Manitoba
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