Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake”
Nancy Reagan said, “Just say no”
My personal opinion is that these statements show depraved indifference of suffering people. I was not around when the French Queen made her statement, but I was when the president’s wife came on stage with hers. To state,”Just say no drugs”, to an alcoholic/drug addict is like saying to the homeless, “Just buy a house”.
Oh, I know you are saying she may have prevented some youngster from dipping into a life of mood altering drugs. Education or role models did not do much for me, and I think it was applied in the the most loving caring manner that any parent could.
Jesus Christ said, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”
Now, believe Nancy Reagan if you must, but remember whose teachings you are choosing to ignore.
Today we hear much about war, Afghanistan and Iraq. The politicians talk about winning and losing. To me winning a war is imposing our will upon others. Any win will only be an appearance our political representatives tell us. I would like to talk about another war. The war on drugs is fact it is a war on our sickest, individuals in this nation. All we are doing is imposing our will upon these people. When they do not respond we punish them more and more. The politicians and media do not separate criminal behavior from behavior of the ill. They focus their attention upon on the unscrupulous entrepreneurs providing the substances to wants of the suffering.
We often missed the intended message such as Genesis 9, 20-29. The directive here is abuse of alcohol/drug will destroy family relationships even within a clan of faithful. Then we can go to the other extreme where politicians play upon our fears and prejudices both religious and secular. Here is one of the best I have found:
“There are 100,000 marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
– Harry Anslinger, 1937
I say, “Yes, shop lifting is criminal activity whether the individual steals diapers or drugs.” Shoplifting must be addressed. Also I say, “There is no domestic tranquility in allowing unscrupulous entrepreneurs to manufacture meth in the back woods of Lee County for the purpose to sell to anyone that has the money to purchase, including our youth. However I do not have any trouble letting Merck Drugs manufacture the same under the supervision of the FDA and allowing to be sold to adults after qualified medical persons have informed them of the dangers. This would definitely result in less loss of live than Vioxx. I am well aware that a very small minority agrees with me. If only we could agree we cannot save individuals form addiction, no more than we can save many from Alzheimers. Our lives would become so much simpler. The enforcement of non-crimes would decrease, as would the need for prisons. The need for mandatory sentences would end. Building more prisons to address crimes is like building more graveyards to address a fatal disease.
The drugs user would have to accept the responsibility for his actions, not his addiction. We put addict in prison for non-violent crimes that confuses the addict and keeps him from the real attention he needs to address his sickness.