It took me a while to come to see things in their true light with regard to the Drug War. For too long I believed what I was told by the popular media. We have come to accept that most Illegal Drug activity is financially motivated…. what we fail to grasp is… so is Law Enforcement activity. Dependency on a “Police State” for protection from ourselves is no worse then being addicted to drugs. The drugs, the drug addicts and even drug violence is not a threat to our liberty… the existence of a “Police State” is a threat to liberty.
What does it mean to be a good citizen, and why should you strive to be one? Many of us are brought up to believe that you must be a good citizen for a democracy to “work”. Being a good citizen usually includes, but not limited to: voting, paying your taxes, flying the flag. Generally speaking, not being engaged in any type of counter-culture or rabble rousing. This type of education of being a good citizen usually begins in the home, ideals passing on from the father and mother to the children. Along this vein, in school, videos like School House Rock are often shown. This education persists with programs for young adults like Rock the Vote, whose slogan is “Rock the Vote don’t block the vote. Some politicians don’t want you to vote, but we’re fighting back”. Yet another program geared toward 18+ individuals, is the Declare Yourself Campaign. A “national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to empower and encourage every eligible 18-29 year-old in America to register and vote in local and national elections.” Using promo videos from celebrities and artists like, T.I. and Seth Green. The videos encourage college age students to vote, and to vote early because as T.I. puts it, “Don’t let the man tell you when to vote. Do your thang, when you get ready. Aiight?”
While out and about today I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing people, asking their opinions on the Republican candidates for president. One of the men being interviewed said that he could not vote for Mitt Romney because he didn’t follow the Nicene Creed. A woman that followed him said that she wants a Christian in office. Both seemed to express that a person of faith was a prerequisite to earning their votes.
I wish I could say this attitude surprised me, but it is all too common and as I listened to this painful drivel a few thoughts struck me.
Reading the news lately, I have noticed quite a few stories about drug related arrests and the heroin “epidemic” that is plaguing our community and many others around the country. After 40 years and well over a trillion dollars you might think that America would have curbed its drug problem; but its worse now than it ever has been and its not getting any better.
At some point we have to stop and ask the question that begs an answer: Is our current drug policy working?
Well, the immediate answer to that question should be an obvious and resounding, NO.
After reading the article here entitled “The Problem with (Ron) Paul” I felt the need to comment on it as it the writer, Anthony W Hager, used the Neocon playbook to justify America’s Imperialism Foreign Policy.
The article starts off by praising Ron Paul for his views on domestic policies but when the article turns to his views on Foreign Policy, the authors didn’t even try to hide his jingoism.
Rule 1: Lump all people from the Middle East together and label them as Terrorist;
In response to my City Council’s denial of my request to enact anti-discrimination policies for members of the LBGT community, I read the following poem during public comment this evening at the regular meeting…
I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.
I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.
I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.
We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.
I was watching Invictus starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela last night and with all the attention on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 it got me thinking of how we reacted to a singular event compared to a people repressed and abused for decades under Apartheid who could find the strength to act in peace and forgiveness rather than violence and aggression.
Gandhi once said that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. What he meant in those words is that retribution and revenge only continue the cycle of violence that creates war and human suffering.