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American Drug War Economics – Vol.1

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When I was a college kid in the 1970s, buying pot was easier than buying cigarettes (though, to be honest, I don’t remember ever buying either!)

Probably, it hasn’t changed. But here’s what has:  I didn’t know of one single person who’d gone to prison over it.  It’s a whole lot easier to end up in prison today.

Kids,  just like kids of my generation, act like kids.  But “get tough” laws are on the books now.  They rip kids’ futures away, and give them instead a bed in the most violent, gang-dominated, drug-permeated neighborhoods in America:  our prisons.

When they get out, they’re marked. Getting a job is tough.  Getting scholarships is nearly impossible (“get-tough” legislators having pre-wired the FAFSA to identify criminal records), so education is almost out of the question.  Careers that require certifications are mostly closed. The options they had planned for are gone.

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For all that, what have we, as a society, gained? Nada.

These horrific laws, easily passed and rarely opposed (what politician wants to be labeled “soft on drugs“?), which incarcerate many of our best and brightest and then leave them with few non-poverty options, have utterly failed to reduce drug use. And they have cost us a fortune.

Meanwhile, your legislators are looking for more billions to build more prisons because this juggernaut crushes kids by the thousands every single day.  No other nation imprisons as many of its own as we do in “the land of the free.”

It will continue until we stop it.  And, since lots of people make lots of money keeping things just the way they are, it won’t stop easily.

But here’s one place—of many—to begin.

American Drug War Economics – Volume 1
Ending drug prohibition and focusing on addiction as a sickness, like alcohol and prescription drugs, could save the U.S. economy and millions of lives. Please pass this video on to as many people as you can. We need your help to end the Drug War.,,; Produced by Kevin Booth and Ryan Kaye
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“Of course not!” Readings for Sunday, July 1

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Jesus gets put off by some anti-Jewish Samaritans. His followers want to defend his honor by roasting them with lightning bolts (religious zeal is a wonderful thing, don’t you think?). Jesus, ever more passionate about people than honor, responds, “Of course not!”

So much to learn, there is, from his examples! “Of course not!” is a pretty good answer whenever someone suggests people should be punished for mere insolence. “Ridiculous!” might be another good one, and in harmony with Jesus’ outlook. Yet his disciples would do so instantly; religions and governments have more often followed them than him.

May we reject such folly! Read on …

Proper 8 (13)
July 1, 2007

Luke 9:51-62; 2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Psalm 77:1-2,11-20

Luke 9:51-62
51-54When it came close to the time for his Ascension, he gathered up his courage and steeled himself for the journey to Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 25, 2007 at 3:14 pm