I wanted to take a moment to post on an article outside the subject of immigration because it’s written by a staunch nativist. The point is to show a correlation between the ideas of this particular nativist in all fascists of society. Just as the following article is quite ridiculous so are many of the articles written to vilify migrants. If you are a big fan of Frosty Wooldridge then his article on legalizing drugs might make you change your mind.
There is a strange wind blowing through the fingers of Frosty Wooldridge as he advocates for LEAP in his article titled “WAR ON DRUGS: POST-PROHIBITION WORLD-BETTER, NOT PERFECT”. His typing fingers seem to be chained to a man not only asking for the legalization of drugs, but one that seems infatuated with the idea.
I have to agree that legalizing drugs would have a great effect on the illicit drug trade which causes the suffering of so many people. However, it will not bring about an end to drug use. The cure to ending drug use is similar to the end of migrant demagoguery and abuse. This cure comes from an understanding that we must all work together in compassion. Creating boundaries where those outside our created line are unwelcome or are, by definition, to be feared will do nothing to help us. In this article Frosty desires to remove all officers who have failed to stop drugs and have them begin defending us against terrorism. Though the war on drugs can be proven to be a waste of time as it’s being fought now at least there truly is a drug problem to fight. Terrorism, on the other hand, is not a real threat to the United States, but it’s a good way to keep the people in a state of fear. This is simply a method of control.
Not that I’m the greatest writer, but Frosty’s article is the most difficult to follow terribly written thing I’ve ever read. In it he gives us the more liberal idea of making drugs legal while sticking to the hate and fear tactics so prominent in his anti-migrant tirades.
First let me point out his statement that the legalization of drugs will make drug users “legal” therefore providing them comfort to emerge from the shadows.
Shortly after prohibition ended, tens of thousands of citizens who were addicted to the illegal drugs came out of the shadows and asked for treatment. Without the stigma of being illegal, cocaine and heroin addicts felt free to ask for the help they needed.
Why doesn’t Frosty apply this same logic to undocumented migrants? I’d assume it’s because at the heart of this legalize drugs argument what we’ll find is just another attempt by Frosty to find an enemy he can love to hate. I can’t be sure why Frosty feels that creating false fear is a proactive to defending the United States, but he wouldn’t be the first to take this position. This position seems to be based in the constant need for not only enemies, but also war.
It would drive me nuts to try and go through this whole article, but here’s a little snippet to give you an idea:
“Allstate Insurance recently announced a drop in rates for both car and home. Since property crime dropped by over 50 percent in 2014 and far fewer crashes caused by the drinking driver, claims were way down. Other companies are expected to match or exceed the rate cuts announced by Allstate.
“Drug use and abuse plummeted in 2014, much to the chagrin of those who screamed that legalization would cause the destruction of America. “Smoking weed used to be cool when it was illegal but now, why bother?” quipped a Dallas high school senior.
“Another said, “I used to smoke weed to impress my friends but since legalization, I stopped smoking. Now I mostly drink.” Different, maybe better, certainly not perfect.
In this vision we have a reduction of drunk driving cases yet we have people using alcohol to replace drugs. How does that work? How will the legalization of drugs make them less desirable? If anything, like alcohol, they’ll be plentiful and often used.
Here’s another quote from the article:
“In 2014 the U.S. Coast Guard blasted out of the water a record number of terrorist speedboats attempting to land on US beaches,” Officer Howard Wooldridge said. “CG guns sunk seven boats and sent approximately 50 ‘would-be-terrorists’ to Davy Jone’s Locker.
What you have to admire about Frosty’s view of the future is his fatalist attitude. In Frosty’s view we’re being constantly barraged with terrorist attack boats that would apparently have made it ashore if drugs remained illegal. From his last comment I have to imagine Mr. Wooldridge is a big fan of Johnny Depp.
He certainly finds every avenue to drum up common images of our Muslim enemies (as we know, you must always have an enemy):
“Though the terrorists may be enjoying their 70 virgins in Martyr Heaven, they will have no chance to harm America,”
The article goes on to state that Al Qaeda loses revenue due to the legalization of drugs yet oil is quite legal and the price is rather high. Therefore I’d have to assume that the price for drugs would not necessarily be effected by the fact they’re legal. I wouldn’t assume that the legalization of drugs would have farmers trading corn for poppy which would mean the same growers would profit from a continued use of drugs. I’d like to think that the idea is we’d stop using drugs and therefore drug profiteers would lose their incomes, but in Frosty’s 2014 world of legalized drugs
State and federal treasury officials report that tax revenues on marijuana and Ecstasy have exceeded their projections. Nearly 10 billion dollars flowed into state and federal coffers in 2014.
So it would seem to me that drug use is still quite prevalent in this more perfect world.
I’m trying to go through his article and point out problems with it, but I can’t take it any more. So hopefully you get the point. I dont’ want to link to it, but you can find it in this google search.