America is currently engaged in a war that it cannot possibly win. The cost of this war is staggering, perhaps a trillion dollars, when all factors are taken into consideration. Taxpayers are paying an enormous amount of money. People are needlessly losing their lives. No real progress is being made in this war. No real progress ever will be made.
But this war is not in Iraq. And it has the support of the vast majority of Americans. In fact, it’s almost an article of faith for Americans. But we should stop fighting this war. Yesterday.
I’m talking about the war declared by Richard Nixon in 1971, the “war on drugs”.
Now, before I go any further, a few disclaimers about the position that I take. If you take drugs, you’re an idiot. Drug abuse is sinful and wrong. It cannot be justified for any reason (other than, perhaps, medical marijuana). I feel just as strongly about the idea of a person ruining his mind and life by taking drugs as any person in this country. Every campaign that we wage to discourage drug abuse gets a hearty “Amen!” from me. I recognize that when you hear the argument that I make, you expect to hear it from some pothead, long-haired, good-time rock-and-roller-type, not an evangelical pastor. I do not share with the party crowd the same rationale for stopping the war on drugs. But I nonetheless believe that we are throwing good money after bad, have been doing so for decades, and are deluding ourselves if we think otherwise.
So then the question has nothing to do with “drugs are bad”, because I’m in Amen Corner on that one. Don’t bother preaching to the choir, if you disagree with me on that basis. Drugs are bad…the only question is, “how can we most effectively/efficiently deal with the problem of drug abuse in our country?” And it says right here that what we’re doing is effectively the definition of lunacy: continuing to pursue the same course of action, but expecting different results.
I could go into detail as to the many reasons why I believe as I do, but instead, I’m going to give you a link to an article that is thought-provoking, regarding the way drugs are dealt with in Europe:
Read with an open mind…and maybe you’ll learn somethin’!