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LIONEL AUDIO: The War On Drugs Is An Insane Waste of Time, Resources & Civil Liberties

The war on drugs is an absolute failure and waste of time: (1) It wastes our limited police resources, (2) strips away at and erodes what’s left of our Bill of Rights (especially the Fourth Amendment), (3) further softens us up and habituates us to mindless police control and excessive legislation and (4) fails to address the problem of drug addiction in the least. The facts are mind boggling and not subject to dispute. The money spent on this fictive war is Brobdingnagian in amount and the Internet is replete with site after site devoting itself to revealing the charade that this fictional war perpetuates.

(2005) “The United States leads the world in the number of people incarcerated in federal and state correctional facilities. There are currently more than 2 million people in American prisons or jails. Approximately one-quarter of those people held in U.S. prisons or jails have been convicted of a drug offense. The United States incarcerates more people for drug offenses than any other country. With an estimated 6.8 million Americans struggling with drug abuse or dependence, the growth of the prison population continues to be driven largely by incarceration for drug offenses.” [e.s.]

Source: Justice Policy Institute, “Substance Abuse Treatment and Public Safety,” (Washington, DC: January 2008), p. 1.

The citations, quotes and plain ol’ facts that argue against the sagacity of this continued drug war nonsense are overwhelming. The data simply point to the immutable and simple fact that, for whatever reason(s) you care to utilize, the war on drugs is a colossal failure.

“We must have law enforcement authorities address the issue because if we do not, prevention, education, and treatment messages will not work very well. But having said that, I also believe that we have created an American gulag.”

Source: Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey (USA, Ret.), Director, ONDCP, Keynote Address, Opening Plenary Session, National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, September 19, 1996, Washington, DC.

Often ignored from the discussion of decriminalization or medicalization is the fundamental right that taxpaying American adults have to imbibe in a substance that may or may not be harmful so long as they don’t operate motor vehicles under the influence of such or deliver it to children. It is the most fundamental of presumed rights that don’t need constitutional endorsement.

And remember: Just say no. Sometimes.

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LIONEL AUDIO: If You Don’t Act More Tolerant, I Swear I’ll Kill You!

You can’t make this stuff up. On one of my nightly New York WPIX Channel 11 news commentaries I did a parody on getting rid of the constitution. At least, I thought it was a parody. I thought it was patently obvious that my tongue was absolutely and firmly planted in my cheek. It was so obvious and without a gram of rational thought, surely (and, yes, I’ll call you Shirley) my WPIX viewers would notice. Wrong! I was besieged with congratulatory emails thanking me for finally putting to bed the crazy notion about rights and individual liberties. These constitutional nihilists agreed with everything I presented in parody.

Then in another commentary I addressed the idea of the fact that it is not, nor should it be, against existing law to wear baggy, saggy pants no matter how much they annoy our sartorial sensibilities. You know, the kind that gang bangers sport, the type of breeches style that was made famous in prisons. The reason, for the record, was that since all devices used to cinch the waist or lace shoes are removed in the hoosegow to prevent hangings and strangulation, VOILA! pants sagged. Latter day cultural historians somehow made the excruciatingly mind-boggling connection that how pantaloons were positioned denoted an affirmation and approbation of urban crime, gangs or whatever psychotic connection you may care to invoke.

These folks also think that majority rule is the law of the land. Take the brouhaha surrounding an Islamic cultural center sought to be built at or near the hallowed ground zero, which still is a gaping hole almost nine years after 9/11. The only way to permit our government to outright deny its construction because of the source of faith it represents is an absolute violation of the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment. But, details, details. These Boeotians still labor under the delusion that we are a Christian nation and will always be one. Wow.

What I’ve concluded heretofore is that we are in dire need of a reeducation process (not the Mao version, mind you) to reacquaint folks with the basics, rudiments and tenets of a free society and how the constitution, that everybody seems to be totin’ and sportin’ at rally after rally, guarantees the right to look like a damn fool. These Archie Bunker types are a perennial problem, viz. some knucklehead decides that he’s the final arbiter of what’s acceptable. And what’s even more frightening is the constitutionally nescient rube who feels that we’ll all be hoist by our Bill of Rights petard if we continue to exert and defend our liberties. If there’s one thing that we can’t afford to do is to loosen what’s left of the increasingly protections we have left.

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