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    Filed at 6:24 am under by dcobranchi

    Certain conservative congressmen are no friends of liberty-loving folks. Skip Oliva, writing at Mises, points out a frightening escalation in the War on Drugs(tm).

    But drug testing in sports is merely the appetizer. The main course is a bill being shepherded by House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner that would expand mandatory prison sentences for most federal drug offenses. The bill will also make it a crime, punishable by a mandatory two-year prison sentence, for anyone to fail to report certain drug crimes, such as marijuana possession on a college campus. Parents will also face prison time if they fail to turn in their child for any drug offense.

    Godwin be damned– this is fascism, using the power of the State to force parents to turn in their children and kids to denounce their parents.

    3 Responses to “DRUG WARS”


    Comment by
    speedwell
    May 20th, 2005
    at 9:38 am

    Yes, it is. It certainly is.

    But it’s only making official and stating outright what’s been unofficial policy for more than 20 years to the best of my personal knowledge.

    Mom used to have some sweet, dear friends, very decent and sane people, who had the occasional joint on weekend nights when they thought the kids were in bed and they wanted some relaxed “together” time. 14-year-old daughter happened to walk in on them one night by accident, and her mom and dad calmly explained the situation to her.

    Well, the girl’s school had some sort of hysterical “drugs are bad” program going on at the time, and part of this was a unit on “drugs destroy families.” Kids were encouraged to “get help” for their “addicted” family members. So, naturally, the concerned teen went to a trusted teacher, who called the social workers, who interrogated the girl, telling her that her parents wouldn’t be in trouble if she just told the truth. Next thing you know, a platoon of cops raided her house and put her and her little brothers in foster care.

    From the government and there to help. Don’t you know it. And this was 20+ years ago, and I’ve heard similar stories twice or three times a year since.


    Comment by
    speedwell
    May 20th, 2005
    at 9:47 am

    Just to put in on the record, by the way, I’ve never touched drugs and never plan to. I accidentally took two doses of a narcotic painkiller too close together once and dicovered that I just don’t care for the feeling of being stoned. (Don’t like being drunk, either, or at least I don’t like it as much as I like being sober and laughing at people making idiots of themselves… grin)


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    May 20th, 2005
    at 9:47 am

    It’s called the D.A.R.E. program:

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    A pretty interesting (in a Gatto sort of way) discussion of the program here:

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