The War on Olympic Drugs

There is an interesting piece in the Huffington Post by writer Steve Siebold, on the Olympic judo fighter Nick Delpopolo who was expelled from the Olympic Games after testing positive for marijuana. The Olympian claims he accidentally ate food that was baked with the substance prior to the start of the Summer Games.  Mr. Seibold used this expulsion to launch into a lengthy unkind assessment of the war on drug, which you can find here.  Here’s a taste:
“Most people who do drugs are casual users who still get up for work the next day and live responsibly. Only a small percentage of people become addicts, just like only a small percentage of people who drink become alcoholics. Instead of spending billions of dollars pretending they can squelch demand, the government should legalize drugs and invest a tiny fraction of the savings in educating people on the dangers of drugs and helping the addicted.

Not only would legalization save billions and empty half of our jails, it would also save tens of thousands of lives around the world from the vicious drug cartels. More than 47,500 people were killed by drug cartels in Mexico between 2007 and 2011, and that’s only in one country. Critical thinking says if you remove the profit you remove the violence, but logic and reason don’t always prevail in America. The moral police do. These are people who believe they know how to run our lives better than we do, and they are here to save us from ourselves.

These crusaders believe they are morally and intellectually superior, and they have blessed us with their presence so we too can see the light. These are the same clowns who can’t balance the budget and stop themselves from emailing lewd pictures to college girls, but they are here to guide us. What a joke.

Here’s my critical thinking solution: get out of our lives. We own our bodies and in a so-called free society we have the right to use them as we please, as long as we’re not hurting anyone else in the process. If I get high on heroin, that’s my problem. If I get high on heroin and hurt someone, I go to jail. The people that say hard drugs cannot be legalized are kidding themselves. Millions of Americans are using them every day. The only logical solution is to stop spending money trying to slow them down. It isn’t right and it doesn’t work.

I’m not advocating drug use. Drugs scare me. What I’m suggesting is applying critical thinking on an issue where none exists. The government should use our tax money to protect us, not to tell us how to live.”
Food for thought, friends.

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Author: DavidB

a heathen, but hopefully not an unenlightened one

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