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by Garry Reed, The Loose Cannon Libertarian www.freecannon.com

Based on the world of punditry's reaction, the most popular Super Bowl commercials were the two our drug goons at the Office of National Drug Control Policy paid 3.4 million taxpayer dollars to broadcast to us benighted commoners. A Libertarian Party news release called them "Super Bowloney." No-Spin Zone Bill O'Reilly generally agreed with them because, well, because he's a conservative. Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer fantasized that the fraudulent messages would somehow "convince young people to stay away from drugs for their own good and that of their community."

In case you missed them, the two ads asserted that if you buy politically disapproved drugs you're helping to fund international terrorism. With that as its thesis, one of the ads, with its explicit tag line "Drug Money Supports Terror," shoves a series of extreme close-ups of fresh-faced young middle class kids at us while saying things like:

Guy: I helped murder families in Columbia

Gal: I helped kidnap people's dads

Guy: I helped kids learn how to kill

Guy: I helped kill a policeman

Gal: I helped blow up buildings

(The ads can be seen on captions.com, whose only complaint is the fact that they weren't closed-captioned. Oops. Guess someone at the ONDCP flunked political-correctness.)

So let's see if we can follow the logic here. (Try not to fall asleep during this sentence.) If I inhale a quarter gram of heroin which I got from my cousin who got it from his girlfriend who got it from her brother who got it from a seller on his block who got it from a neighborhood dealer who got it from a supplier in the city who got it from a state-level provider who got it from a region-wide distributor who got it from an international smuggler who got it from a Pakistani broker who got it from an Afghan trader who got it from a warlord who paid a peasant farmer to grow poppies and used some of the loot to train terrorists, I'm guilty of killing a cop in Poughkeepsie.

Talk about your chaos theory. A butterfly flaps its wings in Katmandu and causes a hurricane in Florida. So let's launch a War on Butterflies and viola! Instant global weather control!

But telling one side of a story is not information, it's propaganda. When the government does the telling with our tax dollars, it's brainwashing. If the commercials are true, so is this: If I sidle down a dark alley to score a baggie of pot from a shady-looking dude named Guido who then gives my money to his old lady who buys a quart of milk for their kid, we ought to be seeing Super Bowl ads next year that say Smoke a Joint, Feed a Baby. Even better, the more you smoke, snort, huff, swallow and shoot dope the more you help to feed starving third world children!

But there's not just two sides to the drug war story. There are many sides. So what do you say, libertarians? Should I try writing my own TV spot? I've tried everything else. Letters to the editor, opinion columns, an op-ed, even a book review (don't ask). Here's my rough draft for a script. Call Mad Avenue! Have producers standing by!

Title: Drug Wars Kill

Tight close-ups - rapid cuts:

Senator: I helped kill your kid

Judge: I'm violating your Constitutional rights

Cop: I'm destroying your life

Montage of drug war violence:

Armed federal agents bashing in doors, raiding houses, kicking ass, beating faces, cracking heads, ramming cars, gunning down fleeing people.

Voiceover: Think the Drug War is a good idea? Think again. When drugs are outlawed, their cost is driven into billions of dollars that find their way into the pockets of vicious dealers who would otherwise have to work honest jobs - and into the pockets of vicious government drug warriors who otherwise might have remained decent. Your support of the War on Drugs makes it possible to legally shoot your fellow citizens for doing nothing more than what a bartender does every day. Your support makes it possible to seize innocent people's cars, boats, airplanes and homes.

Tight close-ups - rapid cuts:

Senator: I support tough drug laws to get reelected

Judge: I release murderers and rapists so I can jail pot smokers

Cop: I take payoffs to look the other way

Repeat montage of drug war violence

Voiceover: Think the Drug War is a good idea? Think again. Drug war tax money supports government terror

Fade to black


Garry Reed is a freelance writer living in Ft. Worth, Texas. His articles have appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Jefferson Review and LP News Online.
 

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Nice article. And using the same logic if prescription drug companies made legal heroin available for $.25 a day for the average junkie who is responsible for all the deaths caused by illegal drugs, crime, and narcoterrorism? The people buying the illegal drugs? Or the government keeping it illegal and inflating the price many many times over? I havent been able to sort out my feelings and thoughts on the drug issue, as I have several conflicted views about it, but I do enjoy kicking around ideas about it.

Drug legalization would certainly work as part of a total libertarian revamping of our country but barring that people could just sit around on the public dole smoking dope.
 

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DHMeieio said:
I've become increasingly convinced that almost all of the people inclined to do that, already are.
Im not. Look at the Netherlands for proof that it can get worse. I agree with all the rest of your statements, I just think the combination of legalized drugs and the current welfare entitlement state would be disastrous. It seems to need to be all or nothing. Otherwise its just taking a dollar from enforcement and law to restrict this behavior to spending the dollar on welfare (or other social spending like mental hospitals to treat all the people who destroy their minds with drugs) and law to restrict that behavior. Hope that makes sense I was on the road for part of last night and didnt get much sleep.
 

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"I've become increasingly convinced that almost all of the people inclined to do that, already are. Drugs aren't hard to get for those who want them. Meanwhile the failed "war on drugs" devours massive resources, contributes to the erosion of our rights, created much if not most of our violent crime, and makes criminals here and abroad rich."

....... I am too. Having been to the Netherlands - and all over much of europe over many years I have to say it is matter of fact. While seeing what goes on in some cafe's in Holland might have some shock value to some people - it is really not that far removed from what happens in pubs, parks, and elsewhere on the streets in Germany, France etc.
 

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Its my understanding that people in various European countries can get government funds to sit around being "artists" and doing drugs.

I wouldnt particularly care if drugs were legal, but I do think its necessary for society to be changed to make people responsible for their own actions and the consequences of drug use at the same time.

Otherwise as long as your behavior is a public expense it provides the excuse for the government to regulate behavior. You can see that in any arena where government funds are involved. Mandatory seatbelt laws, bicycle helmet laws, gunlock requirements in certain lessfree states, etc.

PS your pm box is full LAK.

Also wanted to add: Maybe I am unfairly associating their drug situation with the totally degenerate pornography/ human trafficking and other aspects of european society. I just see very little in europe I would want to see my country emulate.
 

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The other problem I had with this ad campaign is that it relies on the same specious argument that Arianna Huffington used when she said that SUV drivers are supporting terrorism.
 

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Look at the Netherlands for proof that it can get worse.
Yes let us look at the Netherlands.

Last time I checked a few years ago Netherlands High School (No pun intended) Seniors have tried pot are about 5% in the US it is about 60%.

Do you really want to go into the crime rate in US cities versus the Netherlands ?

The Netherelands also have legalized prostitution.

Do you really want to to into sex crimes difference ( rapes, molestations, child sexual abuse ) between the Netherlands and the US. Last time I checked all were much lower in the Netherlands.


Banning any inanimate object is IMHO ineffective and useless.

NukemJim
 

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Well Jim I dont know that those numbers are valid (I would appreciate a reliable source to learn more if you routinely check up on such things), but if they are does that mean that its as a result of their policies rather than a result of other cultural and national characteristics? If so that gives anti gunners alot of ammo in regard to the policies they would like to see rammed down our throats for the purposes of "reducing crime" in this country.

Might it be more likely that they are just less disposed to crime in the Netherlands? Otherwise why does it make sense that they have little gun crime and more severe gun control and drug decriminalization and little drug crime? Isnt that a contradiction?

PS Your first statistic could be as simple as US High School Seniors being 12 times as honest as Europeans.

;)

Anyways Im not opposed to legalizing drugs I just dont think its a good idea to combine it with the current entitlement system.
 

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Manevitch said:
The other problem I had with this ad campaign is that it relies on the same specious argument that Arianna Huffington used when she said that SUV drivers are supporting terrorism.
Yes and not only that but the authors of this add do not want to apply the same logic to any other product or concern involved with money. Like buying anything from China is supporting slavery, genocide, and tyranny. Paying your taxes supports infanticide, socialism, and other objectionable international causes.

Applying this kind of logic to everything would make life impossible. It kinda reminds me of those Buddhists who walk around with the people sweeping bugs out of the way so they dont take life.
 

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Mus,

I think the bottom line is (speaking of europe) is that it is there if you go looking for it. That is; you can buy it, smoke it, go places and watch people smoke it, and there is very little emphasis on any police action. But whichever the case, you have to go looking for it.

Most people who dislike the idea, simply avoid the people, areas and places it is prevalent. Many are simply somewhat ignorant of it go about their lives somewhat oblivious to it.

Rather than "legalize" it though, I would prefer a decriminalization of personal use - and concentrate on hitting those who import the more dangerous stuff.
 
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