By M. L. Simon
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; Im 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
Office of the Governor
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 (Im availablecontact 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 cant end prohibition because we cant.
There is no rational argument for supporting terrorists or criminals.
But if there is one, Id like to hear it. Write a letter to this paper explaining your views. Even if it is not published, the editor will make sure Im informed.
M.L. Simon is an industrial controls designer and Libertarian activist