A Truly Free Society
RealClearPolitics.com | Legalize All Drugs by John Stossel | link
Liberty – 1: the quality or state of being free: a: the power to do as one pleases (Merriam-Webster)
What does it mean to be a free society? Or for a citizen to possess freedom?
Liberty allows you the free will of action and speech up to the point that you infringe upon another’s liberty. The ideal of liberty is uncomfortable and uncompromising and belief in such an ideal makes me a radical in most every circle.
Allow me to use an inflammatory example to show what I mean. Drunk Driving should not be illegal. If you are drunk and you drive that is not my business. You are free to do what you want. However, your freedom ends the moment you strike another vehicle or kill another human being. At this point you have broken the law and the penalty for such a crime should be so drastic that it would discourage the activity in the first place.
As coarse as this notion may sound we must shun any sign of a nanny state. Once you hand over a part of your freedom to the government, you will never get it back. (No driving w/ cell phones, No driving while eating, No smoking in cars… see the trend?)
Even more amazing is the American peoples capitulating to the greatest infringement of personal rights and government’s monumental failure called the “War on Drugs”.What do we do with the drug issue in America?
ALL DRUGS SHOULD BE LEGALIZED
- If you want to get high I’ve got no right to prohibit you from getting high.
- The War on Drugs is causing more violence and crime then the actual drug use.
This is an excerpt from a piece entitled, “Legalize All Drugs” by John Stossel,
For adults, everything should be legal. I’m amazed that the health police are so smug in their opposition.
After years of reporting on the drug war, I’m convinced that this “war” does more harm than any drug.
Independent of that harm, adults ought to own our own bodies, so it’s not intellectually honest to argue that “only marijuana” should be legal — and only for certain sick people approved by the state. Every drug should be legal….
…adults should have the right to harm themselves.
Want a second opinion? I highly recommend the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) promotional video. It is scary to hear the insiders tales of this police action.
Can you name one place where prohibition has worked? Could you handle living in a society where we are treated as adults and not as wards of the state? How much control are you willing to give to your governement.