Myron Von Hollingsworth
By Fourth Amendment
Truth to tell, the drug warrior politicians, officials, media and civilians (*secretly*) dont list victory as an objective in their expensive and oppressive trillion-dollar war. When they do spout their zero tolerance/total victory rhetoric, how many of your readers actually believe them? How many actually believe that this years multi-billion-dollar drug war budget will be the one that will achieve total victory after decades of billion-dollar budgets that have totally failed?
Just remember that the drug czars jobs depend on the perpetual prosecution of, but NEVER a victory in, the drug war. Also, remember that the politicians depend on the drug war and its rhetoric to scare up votes (by scaring voters). The politicians also rely on the drug war to sustain their constituent industries that depend on the economics of prohibition in order to make generous profits and campaign contributions that keep the drug warrior politicians in power and, therefore, keep themselves in business.
Remember what H.L. Mencken said: The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Maybe the corrupt politicians and media are required to adhere to the party line of prohibition because law enforcement, customs, the prison and military industrial complex, the drug testing industry, the drug treatment industry, the INS, the CIA, the FBI, the DEA, the politicians themselves, et al., cant live without the budget justification, not to mention the invisible profits, bribery, corruption and forfeiture benefits that prohibition affords them. The drug war also promotes, justifies and perpetuates racist enforcement policies and is diminishing many freedoms and liberties that are supposed to be inalienable according to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.