I would like to thank the Wise County Messenger for having the honesty and guts to publish the articles about this failure known as the “War on Drugs” – as well as those that had the heart to participate and comment.
I was hoping for more open discussion about this subject and the harm it is causing. But I realize many are afraid of being ridiculed and chastised for doing so, and others can’t admit or can’t accept that they have been wrong in supporting this failure. Believe me, it was not an easy thing to do – especially if you spent years, or your whole life, fighting this failed war as “thousands” of those at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition” (www.leap.cc) have done. It is even tougher to face the harm that you help force on families and the public as well!
It is also hard to support one’s position when the truth, facts, reality, common sense and documented history can’t be used to do so. We at least got to hear some other voices and see some documented realities. For far too long only one side of this issue has been in print and on TV.
In my past presentations, I have had those who said, “The reason we are not winning is because we are not tough enough on those not following the laws.” Sadly, the numbers and statistics do not support their opinions. We have more people in prison and jails than any other country on earth, and one-third do not have any “violence or victims” connected with their supposed crimes. Our failed policies have destroyed entire families while creating one parent and many times no parents in the homes across this land – and our military tactics diminish our freedoms and liberties while sadly killing and maiming innocent citizens from infants to the elderly. How is this not tough enough? (www.drugwarvictims.org by Drug warrants)
Some are so blinded by taught hate and fear-mongering propaganda and manipulation that they believe we should “kill” those providing what our citizens want. Then they claim to still be people of faith? In other parts of the world they do kill these people, and guess what? Every year they have to kill more and more!
I know Sheriff Walker has had his plate full, but I was hoping for the actual numbers of tickets written in the last 12 months for simple possession and drug use items versus arrests. How intellectually dishonest is it for us all to agree that what people do in their own homes is none of anybody else’s business, when we leave them no pathway for this to happen? Instead, the reality is that we destroy families and waste tax dollars arresting and locking up those that have “no victims or violence” in their supposed crime.
As a once-willing participant in this failure, and as an American and a human being and a taxpayer, I refuse to see our limited tax dollars and resources wasted on this failure any longer! Nor will I remain silent any longer while being forced to support the loss of our freedoms and liberties as well as the unjustifiable harm and misery. Sadly both sides of this failed war are making big money and enjoying job security, funded off the misery of others – and we, the taxpayers, are forced to pay for it all, while feeding our nation’s young and old to it!
There has to be a better way. Help us find it!