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March 28, 2006

To The Honorable John Boozman

On your website you express the following concern and intention:

I am committed to working with Arkansas' Congressional delegation and federal officials to get Arkansas a HIDTA designation so that we can tap into those resources to help us fight the spread of these deadly drugs.


Personally, I'd rather see my elected representatives tapping into whatever resources might help fight the spread of drug prohibition. Drug prohibition makes criminals out of otherwise law-abiding, peaceful, responsible, and productive citizens. It transforms the police into enemies of the citizenry and private property into booty to be plundered.

However, enforcement alone will not win this battle.


Amen.

We need a three-prong approach to solve this problem – education or demand reduction, strong punishments for offenders and rehabilitation of addicts.


It seems you've left out the most important prong, i.e. the recognition that most users of prohibited plants and chemicals use them responsibly and do not fit the mental image invoked by the the prejorative "drug addict."

People with genuine substance abuse problems should have access to treatment, but these people comprise a small minority of the population harmed by drug prohibition. The vast majority of people who choose to make use of prohibited substances do so responsibly, and they need to have their choices and their property rights as sovereign citizens respected. Any proposed "solution" that does not include this recognition and admission can only exacerbate the harms of this misguided "War on Drugs."

Can we find any common ground on this issue, Representative Boozman?

Sincerely,

Kevin M. O'Connor

Comments

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skylion
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
All in all, a nice letter. It means that our government, generally speaking, will have to admit to being wrong all these years. Waiting for pigs to fly.
kmo
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
Eventually the oinkers get airborne
The US government has issued official mea culpas for slavery and for the mistreatment of citizens of Japanese descent durring WWII.

I'd like to see it happen in my lifetime, but it will happen eventually.
skylion
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: Eventually the oinkers get airborne
I think it will as well. With each passing term, we get further and further away from the ideal that jail is the best thing going, especially for the minor crimes. Of course, all we need is one firebrand with more bile than common sense to ignite the war on drugs to preposterous levels again. To use it to futher personal or party agenda.

I think a higher division of politics from governance is needed first. Best we have a properly educated electorate before that occours, thou.

And that is the key, the public is reluctant to divorce even the casual cannabis user from the dangerous crack dealer. It has been preached at about slippery slopes far too often, and not been given the respect for a proper education of actual events.
kmo
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Re: Eventually the oinkers get airborne
...a higher division of politics from governance...

An intriguing phrase. I don't know that I know what it means.
skylion
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
Re: Eventually the oinkers get airborne
I don't know either...sounded good at the time. But essentially we need less politics and more good governance. I am sick of voting for the best ad campaign, the lesser of two evils, or the incumbant with no-one running against him/her.
I am sick to death of the media treating it like good money after bad every single minute of the day on thier non-informative news wallpaper networks. Sick to death of book deals for highly paid political "pundits" that make up a new industry by basically sneering at the camera, and sounding/looking good while doing it.

Divide government by politics and your remainder is better goverment?
morphogenesis
Mar. 29th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
Dear Form Letter Recipient,

NO.

Sincerely,

Representative Boozman

A subtle irony to the guy's name, no?
kmo
Mar. 29th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
A subtle irony to the guy's name, no?
I hadn't thought about that, but yeah. I wonder if we have any Leif Tabaccoguys or R. X. Peddlers in Congress?
kmo
Mar. 30th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Dear Form Letter Recipient,
I was expecting some kind of canned response, but I have received nada from Representative Boozman's lackies. Either he doesn't answer communications that don't come with a campaign contribution, or he doesn't have a blurb at that ready saying, "I care too much about Arkansas's children to let crazy libertarians poison them with demonic weeds and concentrated chemical evil."

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