It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.
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Episodes that plague us due to heavy-handed absolutist drug prohibition and the black market it has fostered.
King George, the guy so many settlers in the 1700’s were so angry at. The guy who demanded it all. The guy who forced his will on others.
It just so happens that today we’re at our 666th posting, or at least our 666th “node.” (Look up in the address bar of your web browser.) So in “honor” of that I figured I wou
Those who support drug prohibition are the best friends the drug lords could ever hope for.
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.
Well it was good someone finally turned up some evidence.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
… [they] have made a lie [their] refuge and falsehood [their] hiding place.
Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Question: What’s one point on which both Prohibitionists and Abolitionists agree?
Answer: Drugs should not be in the black market.
Always ready to read about kids (I majored in Early Childhood Education) and inclined to give free downloads a chance, I was eager to see for myself what “Children of the Drug War” held.
The respectable Transform Drug Policy Foundation noted the publication on its blog in a post called, “Important new book: ‘Children of the Drug War’ (free pdf download).”
If you’re like me you may have immediately noticed that the pretend child’s writing quoting the title of the book is just a computer font. As most people who work with kids know, the younger the child, the more the writing tends to pivot from their elbow, resulting in an arc. However, one must not let surface appearances detract from getting to the heart of the matter and learning as much truth as one can. (Jesus has a few sayings about this, one of which I recently featured.)
I apologize for taking so long to note this book, but I haven’t finished reading it yet and I wanted to be able to write miniature book report. Nearly every page is chock full of information and emotions. There are many pieces, we’re told, in children’s own words.
As an example, I'm on page 33 (44 of 253 in the PDF) and it says:
Violence in Mexico has had myriad implications for society and specifically for child development and well-being.24 It has, for example, eroded adults’ capacities to care for, nurture, and protect children. It is important to note that many of the 28,000 who have been killed since the war on drugs began were parents. While neither Mexico’s government nor the various nongovernmental organizations working in this area keep track of the number of children who have lost one or both parents in the war, it is estimated that tens of thousands of children are orphaned directly because of the drug war.25
Human rights lawyer and investigator for the Chihuaha local commission for human rights, Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson, has analyzed these numbers and concluded that, based on data that Mexican men aged eighteen to thirty-five have on average 1.7 children, in Ciudad Juárez alone, the war has left more than 8,500 orphans.26 Extending this figure to the national level, a total of 50,000 drug war orphans is possible.
As you can see there is a lot of information and it contains footnotes so it can be double checked. (Note that the statistic of 28,000 dead in Mexico is really outdated. A recent post by expert Walter McKay puts the number at 48,000!)
If you’re like me, all it does is remind you that prohibition has no redeeming values. Prohibition does the exact opposite of what all its biggest cheerleaders say it does. Prohibition puts drugs in the hands of teens, it causes children to suffer, and robs tens of thousands of them of their parents.
But facts aren’t enough for many in our government, or the U.N. or other thug nations. On this site and the Internet you can find a quote from the (former) U.N. psycho named Costa who said that violence in Mexico was a good thing, sociopathic DEA mistress Leonhart said similar, and the book opens with a delusional portrayal of reality by the current Homeland Security maiden Janet Napolitano who recited SOP blather (and rebutted by the authors):
This is something that is worth fighting for because drug addiction is about fighting for somebody’s life, a young child’s life, a teenager’s life, their ability to be a successful and productive adult. . . . If you think about it in those terms, that they are fighting for lives—and in Mexico they are literally fighting for lives as well from the violence standpoint—you realize the stakes are too high to let go.3
What Napolitano did not mention in her speech was that today, in the city of Juárez, Mexico, alone, there are 10,000 children who have been orphaned by the drug war violence.4 Napolitano’s comment highlights key flaws in drug war efforts to “protect” children. Not only has the war on drugs proved a costly failure in addressing drug addiction or use overall, including among young people, it has also caused significant harm to the health and lives of children and young people. Children are, indeed, “fighting for their lives”—but in many cases, due to the very drug control efforts that are adopted in their name.
If you’re the kind of person who thinks beyond your own belly, beyond your own household, and actually cares about what is going on around the world, what your tax dollars are being used to fund, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
As mentioned above, the book can be downloaded for free, or if you prefer, you can order a hardcopy. Buying it from Amazon using this link will result in LEAP receiving some proceeds.
Due to the support of her loving family, and the fact she’s “never been one to sit back quietly when I see injustice,” Nancy Rector documented and wrote about a very painful episode in her life.
Lots of Pain
First it was chronic pain in her body. Then it was the pain of dealing with our healthcare system since she didn’t have insurance. The next grievous pain was delivered by 20 militarized representatives of the state, kicking in her door and arresting her in front of her daughter and granddaughter, then hauling her away in handcuffs and throwing her in jail. Then there was more pain as she realized Drug War has completely perverted our justice system.
I have to admit that I’ve not yet read her book, but I look forward to it. [Update-now read.] However, I am familiar with many other horrendous stories which I’ve heard about since I’ve paid closer attention to the immediate need to end prohibition. There is NO excuse for a “free” democratic society to engage in these atrocities, let alone from a nation that considers itself God fearing or Christian!
Nancy Rector suffered from chronic pain for over a decade. Having no insurance and being refused by all the doctors she contacted, her life was a daily struggle to exist. She spent virtually all day in bed, the pain had become unbearable and her thoughts turned to very dark places. In desperation to help herself, and after much research, she found she could order prescription meds online that would possibly ease her suffering. She did so and for the first time in years she had her life back… until the morning of November 5th 2010.
On that day, at approximately 11:00 a.m. at home with her daughter and 5 year old granddaughter, without giving warning, a 20-man SWAT Team broke her door down and charged through the house with automatic rifles. She was taken away to jail in handcuffs. Four months later she was a convicted felon. All this for a single order of medicine. This book details the story of what she experienced every step of the way, from jail to sentencing to probation, and how the current destructive laws in place can allow this to happen to any citizen.
Nancy Rector seems to have lived a mostly normal life until she was in her 50’s.
Then the government decided to kick her while she was down.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.
[…] But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness […]
Former Drug Czar William J. Bennett says this about “children” and “teens.”
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom for your fellow countrymen. So I now proclaim “freedom” for you, declares the LORD — “freedom” to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.
The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.
“What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?”