Do Whatever We Can: The Drug Warrior’s Battle Cry

Mother Jones has a story on how the problems of “fake pot” stem from real pot’s illegal status. Of particular interest (since I live in Iowa) is a letter Sen. Charles Grassley wrote to constituents in 2007. He equates drug usage to “murder, rape, [and] child abuse.” He wrote:

Instead, we should do whatever we can to prevent criminals from gaining the upper hand, do what needs to be done to give our families, our friends, and our neighbors a safe and secure place to live.

Thanks to this “do whatever we can” mindset, we have MORE murder than if drugs were legal. Thanks to this “do whatever we can” mindset, law enforcement tactics end with atrocities as burning children with flash-bang grenades. Thanks to this “do whatever we can” mindset, rogue cops feel justified in sodomizing suspects.

If a private citizen set a child on fire, at the very least that citizen would justifiably be charged with child abuse. If a private citizen coercively shoved his hand up another’s rectum, at the least that citizen would justifiably be charged with sexual assault.

To write off these stories as isolated incidents, unfortunate circumstances, or collateral damage is an insult. These are the natural consequences of “do whatever we can” justice. “Do whatever we can” justice is injustice. It’s time to bring this godforsaken war to an end. Hopefully the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado will start reversing the tide. Then we can start to give “our families, our friends, and our neighbors a safe and secure place to live.”

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