The Question

The Question

By M. L. Simon

The Question

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been writing for the last year a number of personal reports on the drug war. If you have followed my thinking on this, you will know that I believe the war has been a colossal and utter failure. Expensive, too.

If you believe, as I do, that prohibition is wrong and counterproductive, I think it is time to hold the politicians’ feet to the fire. If everyone who reads this writes just one letter a week to just one politician, we can get the message out in very short order. Tell all your friends, too. The more, the merrier.

If every time you meet a politician, you ask this question, perhaps we will get some real answers about drug prohibition.

The question is short. One simple sentence, though, if you want to add your own comments; I’m sure our fearless leaders would be glad to hear from you.

The question is this:

“ Do you support drug prohibition because it finances criminals at home or because it finances terrorists abroad?”

George W. Bush

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500

Senator Dick Durbin

332 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, DC 20510

Senator Peter G. Fitzgerald

555 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Congressman Donald Manzullo

409 Cannon HOB

Washington, DC 20515

George Ryan

Office of the Governor

207 Statehouse

Springfield, IL 62706

Along with my regular drug war comments each week I plan to include the address of one politician who needs to get asked the question. Writing by e-mail is good, but a handwritten (legible) letter is better. That is why in this space, I am only giving the mail address of the various politicians. Let us not let up with our efforts to end this war on Americans until our energies are focused on our real enemies, fascists of all stripes.

I recently gave a talk about the drug war (I’m available—contact the Rock River Times) to a very nice group of people. About 70 percent favored ending prohibition, about 20 percent slightly favored continuing it, and about 10 percent thought prohibition was a really good thing. Not one person in any of those groups had a rational counterargument to the question. Mostly it was: we can’t end prohibition because we can’t.

There is no rational argument for supporting terrorists or criminals.

But if there is one, I’d like to hear it. Write a letter to this paper explaining your views. Even if it is not published, the editor will make sure I’m informed.

M.L. Simon is an industrial controls designer and Libertarian activist

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