As the Democrats and Republicans while away the remaining hours and days in which they could easily pass legislation to reduce deaths, violence, crime, and taxes — to name but a few benefits of ending the Drug War — it seems instead they are holding massive parties in their own honor and exalting themselves.
Please excuse my disdain, I’d rather write from a perspective of gladness from how all politicians have restored regard for (at least) the principles in the Declaration of Independence and specifics in our Constitution; let alone the fact so many of them consider themselves Christian and take oaths with their hands on the Bible, which I guess is to “send a message” they believe some of the key tenets contained within.
This past year there have been a number of positive advances in the realm of drug policy but also setbacks (putting it mildly). In my personal life I experienced the tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease as my dad’s case went past forgetting he was married to my mom, forgetting his parents died in the 1970’s to thinking they were still alive, to forgetting where his bedroom was, to dying. So that’s the short version of why there have been fewer posts this past year than in the previous few years.
But instead of repenting of expensive cruelty imposed by UN, US, & all-levels-of-government drug laws, numerous people & places doubled down on proving their willful blindness and ignorance of science and mercy.
If you wish to know why, you are encouraged to read the distinct mindsets of the prohibitionist mob. There is only one mindset not online. The subject matter should be no surprise to people who follow drug policy or even those who don’t.
It is positively despicable the state of affairs various politicians have created with regard to the police, policing, and law enforcement in general. You can read about SOME of those who chant “law & order” in the essay describing (the prophesied) “Men (& Women) of Lawlessness.” If you prefer less short-simple philosophy and more of a fun-history angle then you are encouraged to read the children’s book “Loony Laws… That You Never Knew You Were Breaking.” There you will find an overflowing collection of anecdotes from Robert Wayne Pelton which, to me, show the few categories of people who have a penchant for promulgation: Power Mongers, People with Friends in Business, and the Holier-Than-Thou-Congregation. (This seems to be a repeating pattern in history; limiting my view of history to scripture, Jesus indicates as much in Mark 7:1-9 (& Matthew 15:1-9, referencing Isaiah 29:13), and God seems to mention this through Isaiah in 28:13 and Jeremiah in 8:8.)
God through Jesus advised us to do a few things and none of those things are accomplished via man-made laws that are best summed up as drug prohibition laws. In fact, the opposite is true, as has been pointed out by many people and organizations. Not just here.
There are a few passages of scripture which keep going through my mind, so I guess I will share those before evolving to the next phase.
The devil knows his time is short. But I think we will see continued outbreaks of murder (as is happening in the Philippines currently) and oppression and occasional setbacks. Daniel 7:21-26 shows this. (Also see Daniel 7:7)
Are you ready for a few more explorations of scripture? I will even write stuff for people who do not believe in God (although ironically a study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found atheists and agnostics scored best on a test they gave.)
And in the mean time I hope to finish ‘why people try — why people use — drugs,’ in book form for purchase. I believe it will help a lot of people, whatever the current state of drug laws.