(05-21-2016, 04:56 PM)Palladin Wrote: I agree, but, you have to legalize/ de-criminalization drugs to stop the war. I'm for doing this myself.
Having said that, there are going to be problems that way as well as this way. Right now, we have an epidemic in ET on freaking legal pills.
My daughter just adopted a drug addicted infant and 2 more are in the ER with her son since then. The nurses told us they are being over run with this problem. He is at St Mary's and UT is supposed to be the hospital for this problem. They are full. Don't understand why ,but, a nurse from Atlanta told us it's way worse here than there.
Stopping the war will slow down violence associated with it, we still have huge problems even so.
Nothing is ever perfect. But the Big Winner would be Liberty. Remember, Liberty is more than just freedom. It is "freedom, tempered with Responsibility". And we are talking about adults here, not children/adolescents(sub-adults). Everyone is accountable for his/her actions, not just to his/her self, but to others. "Do no Harm" to others.
This has to begin at "Day One" in school. Children need to be properly educated. And that includes courses in "Ethics", "The Law", "Morality", and "Philosophy". And good history too. George Santiana was right.
We don't do this, and it has seriously degraded our ethics in every day life.
I'm a firm believer that the two most important parts of society for future well being are 1) The Courts; and 2) the education system. The Left has almost total control of the later, and they are working on the former.
And here is something that narrow minded moralists and Big Government Christians constantly overlook. They concentrate on only the obvious, and never turn over the rocks in order to see what is buried underneath. In other words, "The Unseen". Frederich Bastiat wrote a famous set of essays about this very thing: "That Which is Seen, and That which is Unseen".
He will almost certainly be remembered as the most influential Frenchman who lever lived.
People like Ron are continually underestimating the total costs of the "Unseen", which is Always higher than that which is in front of everyone. This War On Drugs is costing our society untold hardships, because law enforcement can never take the place of teaching, assisting, and then letting those who stumble learn to pick themselves up and carry on. Those, who learn from their mistakes are far less likely to repeat them if they have to pay the price of that education.
Society should be there to help with the assisting part, and use the law enforcement part for the harm done to others, who were not helping the doer of that harm. We are attacking this from the wrong direction and it is costing us many times more in "unseen" costs, both tangible and intangible.
It believe its called "Tough Love", and it really does work, far better than anything else I know about.
"INSIDE EVERY PROGRESSIVE IS A TOTALITARIAN SCREAMING TO GET OUT" - David Horowitz