Just One Arguement For Ending The Drug War

In my opinion the burden of proof should lay squarely on the prohibitionists to show how this “war” on Americans has enhanced our lives. Problem is, there is no proof to suggest that any aspect of American life has improved as a result of the expensive and violent “war on drugs”. In fact there is ample proof to suggest otherwise.

Around 1914 the US got fed up with drugs. Somewhere in the ball park of 3% of the population was addicted to drugs and the politicians thought something had to be done. So our great leaders decided to start dabbling in legislative morality. Today we see this hands on approach to running our lives in just about everything from “sin” taxes, to rebates for “green” living, to helmet laws, etc. The right one has to freely and peacefully express one’s self has largely evaporated. It is no longer possible to escape the over reaching coercive policies of government.

By what right can you tell someone that you will have them imprisoned for putting something in their own body? By natural law the individual is sovereign. By natural right my body is my own and I am free to destroy it or enhance it as I see fit. To suggest otherwise is to attempt to enslave me. Slavery does not exist only in public school books about the South. Dependency upon government to make all my decisions for me is slavery. Surely you couldn’t call this freedom. Freedom is turbulent and exciting. For every action taken in our lives we see a reaction. The richness of our lives grows with every reaction whether it be bad or good. Our decisions in life mold and shape who we become. Our failures are learned through negative reaction and are passed on to those we intend on raising. This progression is called life.

No matter what we do as a society we can’t legislate morality. I mentioned before that when drugs first started to become illegal 3% of the population was addicted. Today after nearly 100 years worth of prison building, swat teams, erosion of rights, etc. I am glad to tell you that we now have a population that contains 3% addicts. That’s right HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SPENT AND ZERO RESULTS! Well that’s not really fair. Zero would be sugar coating it. The human cost of this drug war is appalling.

Have you ever looked at a gold fish in a bowl and thought about the miserable existence it suffers? Paint the bowl black and add a hand full of predator fish to the party and you have a prison. Do you think you are saving people from ruining their lives by putting them in prison? Is housing, medical, food, and clothing for drug addicts a good way to spend tax dollars? I suggest it is not. Prisons are essential to any civilized society. That being said, I think it is beneficial for society at large to reserve this expensive punishment for those who violate the rights of others. Why are pot heads doing time with rapists? Do these two crimes seem similar to you? If so, you are crazy.

In closing I will just say that I encourage you to look at the statistics in regards to the drug war. I really wanted to touch on the moral implications of our nations drug policy so I left a lot of the nuts and bolts out. Truth is though, we are spending billions of dollars not just in this country but abroad as well. To what end? How long do we continue along with the status quo? There is a better way and it’s not new, just forgotten. You are the best governor of your life. Your moral code is all that’s necessary to get you through the decisions in your day to day dealings. Don’t worry about your neighbor, they will have to live by their own standard. Only when someone infringes upon your rights has a crime occurred.

What Civil Liberties Mean To Me

Civil liberties can be defined as an adherence to natural law. Most of my fellow Americans have a very poor understanding of the words liberty and freedom. People of our time worry little about the fundamental roots of our humanity and the quest for truth. “I got rights” has become a punchline capable of meaning anything one wishes it to mean. Right to healthcare. Right to a good job. Right to an education. Right to welfare. Right to retirement. But wait, these rights aren’t natural. These are all services provided by other humans. To suggest that they are mine by natural right also must suggest that I have a natural claim on those who produce these things.That is a clear violation of natural law which mandates that man is free.

So for those who stumbled upon this by accident trying to find American Idol, I will name some rights which do exist naturally. Rights need not ever be legislated by your fellow man. They exist forever and can not be justly separated from you. All that free people require from one another to exist in our natural state of liberty is respect. Not respect for one another, I can think of you what I wish. Respect for the natural system of law which governs our interaction with one another. By virtue of my humanity and my ability to reason, nature affords me the right to think. By consequence of thought I have the right to express these thoughts by way of speech. I have the right to convert thought, labor, and time into property. I have a natural obligation to protect my property and my life. I have the right to be private in my affairs. I have the right to travel and move freely. I have the right to live my life by my own moral code. To deny me of any of my natural rights is to violate justice. Existence without justice is slavery and contrary to man’s natural state.

So it should seem pretty clear. The human race is, and always has been governed by nature. Nature’s laws are so much a part of our life that we often learn them much before learning anything else. One of the first lessons that humans absorb teaches us property rights. We quickly are made to realize that forcefully taking from another is wrong. We are schooled almost immediately in trade. Through property rights toddlers learn that a trade is a trade. That once you surrender ownership to someone else you are bound and stuck with the trade. So why do adults find themselves so often at odds with nature? The answer is simple. The State. Our unnatural and aggressive system is riddled with man made laws that directly contradict nature’s laws. We are told that theft is wrong, unless the State is holding the gun. We are told kidnapping is a felony, unless they call it conscription. We are told that trespassing is a crime, but made to accept eminent domain. What if Einstein were given two sets of laws with regards to physics? One supplied by natural law and the other drafted by a party which has much to gain from the rewriting and violating of the law? He might have gotten so confused with trying to reconcile the logical with the illogical that he just wanted to watch dancing with the stars and have a beer.