courtesy of mr. billy bragg and his song "The Marching Song Of The Covert Battalions",
written in the 80's about americas interest in south american politics
"Here we come with our candy and our guns
And our corporate muscle marches in behind us
For freedom's just another word for nothing left to sell
And if you want narcotics we can get you those as well"
1 ) In my opinion, Mr. Bragg 's failure to see any value
in freedom unless he has something to sell evokes pathos.
2 ) For MY
I reject the War on Drugs and I see that as a crime by the US Government
in a drastic USURPATION
of power. It is a principle of FUNDAMENTAL IMPORTANCE
that no government in America was ever granted authority
to protect a person from his own bad judgment,
nor from any self-destructive activity. Governent was created
to defend us from violations of our rights BY OTHERS.
So far as the War on Drugs is concerned:
the US Government shares only the same authority as a schoolyard bully
I detect a subtle approval
of the War on Drugs in the last line of his song:
NO SALE -- REJECT !
Illegal narcotic drugs are poison, in my opinion,
and each of us has the absolute right to consume poison (if we own it).
Every person is his own property
and he has the absolute right to end his life whenever he chooses to do so,
or to be self-destructive to a lesser extent, if such be his choice.
That is his private
If we accept
the misbegotten principle
that government has been authorized to stop us from
indulging in self-destructive conduct,
then we have nothing to rely upon
when it approaches us to control our ingestion of red meat
or requiring us to get a designated amount of sleep each nite.
There is no limit.