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Scoundrels and Oppressive Laws

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

Attributed to: 
H. L. Mencken
Commentary: 

This quote is EXTREMELY relevant to so much in the U.S., in fact EVERY country that claims to support fundamental human rights. The famous First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to “free speech.” Does this mean every one agrees with everything everyone else might say? Hardly!

This quote is EXTREMELY relevant to Christians and Yeshua’s own life. Did he come here to die for sinners (all of us) because he loved the fact we sin? Or agreed with our sinning? Of course not, in fact the people he spent the most time with were the most despised people; the people viewed as scoundrels, the “unclean,” prostitutes, poor people.

Jesus knew people spoke against him because he “ate with tax collectors and sinners.” But Jesus ignored the shame the Holier-Than-Thou-Congregation threw on him.

Your charge is here: Despise the Shame: Stand Up and Announce the Need to End Drug Prohibition.

Before alcohol prohibition were all producers, distributors, and retailers of alcohol scoundrels? No. But probably some were. Once alcohol prohibition was finally instituted what happened? The balance of non-scoundrels to scoundrels changed markedly.

Did those who wanted to end alcohol prohibition chant, “we love scoundrels?!” Did they chant, “we want everyone to be drunk all the time?!” Of course not. But I’m sure that the crazed Prohibitionists accused the wets of being in favor of drunkenness and issued their false prophesies that everyone would be drunk all the time, vomiting in the streets, the stench rising to high heaven.

God gave us Free Will, does that mean God approves of everything everyone does? Um, duh!

So you must learn one of the best traits of Jesus, to Despise the Shame. When you Despise the Shame: Stand Up and Announce the Need to End Drug Prohibition it does not mean all the gross mischaracterizations the Prohibitionists say. It means you are for restoring sanity, for reaching out in love to troubled people.

Yes, there are some scoundrels who drink alcohol, and some scoundrels who take drugs. But nice people take drugs too (the website).

Please note, however, that drug prohibition laws were not necessarily aimed at scoundrels, or even due to legitimate health concerns. Most of prohibition rests on racial hatred of the “degenerate races.” I recommend you take a look at Consumer Union’s excellent book Licit and Illicit Drugs for a bit of a history lesson. And StopTheDrugWar.org is offering a book about the history of marijuana prohibition: The Marijuana Conviction. As far as other details of prohibition, that’s out of the scope of this essay.