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needs a Drug Czar like it needs a Snicker-doodle Czar
(July 18, 2006)
Boise, Idaho – The
Idaho Statesman says Jim Tibbs, Idaho’s new Drug Czar and a previous cop for
34 years, needs to create a massive treatment plan for all the prisoners in
This implies that (1) an individual’s choice of drug use is a “problem,” (2)
an individual’s drug use “problem” is the fault or responsibility of
collective society, and (3) therefore, it is up to collectivist society to
declare a War on Drugs, lock up victims for making the “wrong” choice (as
defined not by individual rights laws but by a state-collectivist
mentality), and – here’s the punch line -- REHABILITATE the drug “problem”
prisoner with state “TREATMENT” and state “RE-EDUCATION.” If this sounds
like Big Brother in George Orwell’s novel, 1984, it is.
In reality, the War on Drugs is a War on Individual Choice and
Responsibility. The collectivist philosophy underlying the War on Drugs
is dangerous for the precedent it sets. It is the same collectivist
philosophy underlying the War on Tobacco, the War on Abortion Rights, the
failed War on Alcohol, and recently Idaho’s War on Candy Bars (see state
legislative Bills in 2004 and 2005 introduced by Rep M. Henbest to save us
from obesity). All of these Wars are wars against the concept of individual
rights, the right to choose and take full responsibility for one’s choice.
Claiming that an individual’s right to choose ultimately hurts society, this
collectivist theory becomes a bogus excuse to do away with individual rights
and implement the collectivist state. It’s an excuse that all dictators
have used throughout history. At its very premise, the War on Drugs is a
thinly-disguised philosophy of a War of Statist-Collectivism, i.e., socialism, vs.
individual rights and the free market.
Not only is this a War on The Individual, statist politicians are busy
making up laws based upon flimsy excuses given by those who are arrested.
If the robber says he robbed the local 7-Eleven convenience store to get
money for his next drug fix, his lame excuse (true or not, it’s irrelevant)
is used for further War on Drugs legislation. Under American law,
one should be arrested for the act of robbery, the act of initiating force, not the excuse given for the
act of robbery. What if somebody said, “Well, OK, you caught me, the reason
I robbed Bank of America was to get money for my next swimming pool in my
back yard?” Should we create a War on Swimming Pools and then create a
Swimming Pool Czar to stamp out bank robberies because that's the excuse
given to rob the bank? Thank God nobody has given “a trip to Bermuda” as the
reason he robbed a Stinker Gas Station in downtown Boise or
the Statesman editors would be calling for a Jamaica Vacation Czar.
And so the socialist editors at the Statesman newspaper prattle on, spewing
forth their idiotic collectivist editorials calling for a Drug Czar to
create multi-million dollar drug treatment and detox centers for our
overcrowded prisons bulging at the seams with poor victims of the
collectivist state’s victimless crime laws, the same collectivist mentality
which now pervades every nook and cranny and service and commodity in our
country. At this rate, I expect the state to call for a War on Ice Cream Cones to save us from cavities
Let’s get real. Drug users are individuals who have made a choice just like
everybody else makes a hundred choices at the grocery store, liquor store,
and at work every day and each individual, not collective society, must
take full responsibility for their choices. Recreational drug users do not need to be
locked up. Neither do beer drinkers. They have not committed a
crime against anybody. Robbers, rapists, and murderers need
to be locked up. They have initiated force or fraud against others.
The War on Drugs is not a war against drugs; it's a philosophical war of
state collectivism vs. individual rights.
The Statesman’s ridiculous call for Idaho's Drug Czar to create treatment plans
and a detox center simply reveals their pro-socialist and anti-individual
rights mentality. We need to let those non-aggressive, victimless crime
victims of the state’s stupid War on Drugs out of prison, not develop stupid
programs for them. By the way, the next time you’re arrested for robbing
7-Eleven, tell the cops you did it to support your beach volleyball habit. Maybe the
Idaho Statesman will call for a Rio de Janeiro Czar and send you to Brazil 1st
class for R & R. – FM Duck
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