Something we've really known about for a long time - now it comes to light
- CPAC interview: former cops lead fight against “war on drugs” racket
by Joel McDurmon on Feb 14, 2012
Howard Wooldridge is one of many retired police officers with _LEAP_
(http://www.leap.cc/) —Law Enforcement Against Prohibition—who are fighting to
expose and end the racket that is our nation’s “war on drugs.”
And a racket it is. You may not be surprised to learn that the most vocal
anti-drug lobby in Washington is from law enforcement, but you may be
surprised to learn why. As well, you may be surprised to learn who else teams up
with that lobby.
Republicreport.com caught up with Mr. Wooldridge at CPAC last week. He
_exposes_ (http://www.republicreport.org/2012/police-marijuana-cpac/) the
racket. First, it’s the beer lobby:
The beer wholesale industry donated five figure money to defeat Prop 19 [a
pro- marijuana bill in CA] because marijuana and alcohol compete right
today as a product to take the edge off the day at six o’clock. Just because
marijuana is illegal, doesn’t negate the fact that there’s still
competition. The beer companies don’t want it. . . .
Then he tells the truth on the law enforcement lobby. It’s not about
preventing drug abuse and addiction, it’s about money for the departments,
thrilling equipment, and fancy weapons:
My biggest opponent on Capitol Hill is law enforcement. ‘We love the money
you give us to chase Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and all the rest’ — with
helicopters, and especially “free” federal money.
Then it’s Big Pharma:
The second biggest opponent on Capitol Hill is big PhRMA because everyone
knows (who’s knowledgeable on the issue) God didn’t make no junk. Marijuana
’s an excellent medicine for many things, taking the place of everything
from Advil to Vicodin . . . expensive store-bought pills [...] “Don’t
change nothin’” is their motto. Because, why? Their profit motive.
And also, believe it or not, prisons! That’s right. Private prisons need
criminals to keep up their “criminal justice” profits (so does the state!).
Private prisons fight me. Why? They want more people in prison. Is it good
policy? They don’t care. What lobbyists care about is the people who pay
their salary. . . . Their interest in the country is secondary or even
tertiary. . . .
Meanwhile, the one (partial) experiment we have in decriminalizing drugs—
(http://americanvisionnews.com/1804/portugal-decriminalizes-drugs-drug-abuse-cut-in-half) —has resulted in a large decrease in problematic
addictions, decrease in usage among adolescents, decrease in burden on the
criminal justice system, and decrease in street value of drugs.
My eyes were greatly opened on this issue after reading Joel Miller’s book
_Bad Trip: How the War Against Drugs is Destroying America_
(http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Trip-Against-Destroying-America/dp/0785261478) . Mr. Miller is
a Christian and works for a Christian publisher. His work made me realize
the so-called “libertarian” argument really is about what’s best for the
country and not about personal indulgence. I vowed to study the issue
further, and have, and will continue to do so.
The work of men like Wooldridge and the organization LEAP show us how much
more evil there is on the pro-drug-war side: it is profitable for
lobbyists, for drug companies, and for beer companies to keep drugs illegal. It is
profitable for law enforcement departments and for prisons to manufacture a
steady stream of criminals.
Get that: it is profitable for these groups to make more criminals, and
they have powerful lobbies in Washington to ensure it stays that way. This is
not a vision of Christian law and order; it is a system of corporate-state
welfare that rewards bureaucrats and increases violence. Not only does it
not solve the problem, it doesn’t want to, and instead fights to keep the
problem intact as a source of revenue and job security.
There is indeed an addiction problem out there: an addiction to federal
money and power.
See the video here -
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