Pubdate: Tue, 07 Apr 2009
Source: Seattle Times (WA)
Copyright: 2009 The Seattle Times Company
Author: Brian Templeton


Silly me, but reading "Kerlikowske describes how he'd approach 
drub-czar job" [NW Thursday, April 2], I couldn't recall the word 
"czar" in our Constitution. I thought that was a word for an 
autocratic Russian ruler. Have we strayed that far from our founding 
fathers' idea of limited government?

Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske mouthed the tired cliches of 
drug prohibition, a complete failure since it began in 1913. He's 
going to cut demand, reduce supply, etc. This hasn't worked for 96 
years, so one wonders why he thinks it's going to work now.

Thomas Jefferson and the other geniuses who invented this country 
never suggested that any drugs should be illegal. To the contrary, 
they said that everyone should have the right to "life, liberty and 
the pursuit of happiness" unless they were doing something "injurious 
to others." Then, and only then, did the government have the right to 

So we've gone from geniuses to bureaucrats masquerading as czars. Shame on us.

- -- Brian Templeton, Des Moines
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