Spare Me Your Tepid Resolve
Michael Ubaldi, March 4, 2003.
Deroy Murdock plays the Principled Libertarian and plays sweet, tender violin for drug users. Brace yourselves for the tragedy:
Drug warriors must recognize that some eleven million American adults enjoy getting high at least annually — to relax and endure these nerve-wracking times. Some brave this endless winter, the drooping Dow, the Columbia disaster, the Rhode Island nightclub inferno, and growing war jitters by sipping martinis. Others play Lotto or visit Vegas. Still more sleep around. In excess, these behaviors can ruin one's health, fortunes, or both. Yet only smoking grass yields jail time. This is silly, illogical, and wicked.
It's infuriating to be taken for a fool with this sham guilt trip. I may abstain, Murdock, but I know plenty of responsible adults who drink liquor for the taste - and not the drunken recklessness. Is discretion so foreign to be considered worth weight in the argument? Don't insult the intelligence or standards of Americans by preaching to them the rights of the irresponsible, pushing themselves into chemical disorientation with a substance that has no other use.
To be perfectly honest, it sounds as if the DEA has someone on the writing staff of a major political magazine worried about being busted. Sounds as if this new strategy to fight drugs is working.