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Jonathan Westminster: "The 15% Solution," Serialization, 4th Installment: Chapter Three

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   Well the other side was right--and it was wrong, unfortu­nate­ly dead wrong.  Mandatory sentencing for even non-violent drug offenders is nec­essary if the message on drug use is to be clear.  At the same time, that practice does take up space in prisons which should be reserved for those violent wretches who prey so mercilessly upon  our citizenry.

   And so, on abandoned military bases which are crying out for use, we are finally going to establish the chain of drug of­fender camps that Dr. Bennett and many other right-thinking people have been calling for so long. These camps are for punish­ment, yes, and well-deserved punishment for the crime of drugs.  But in the new spirit of redemption which is sweeping across our land, moral rehabilitation of these lost souls will be high on the agenda of the camps' educational pro­gram.  In fact, the camps will be called "Moral Rehabilitation Centers."

   3. Finally, we are going to formalize in legislation the "drug ex­cep­tion" to our valued and traditional American protection of civil liberties, that "drug exception" which the Supreme Court, even when it was of that now-discredited liberal persuasion, has been developing so assiduously in case law over so many years.

   I should note that, determined to make our great country once again safe for right-thinking Americans, our predecessors in the 104th Congress attempted to significantly weaken the so-called "exclusionary rule" that had let so many criminals go scot-free. [1]   Like them, we cannot and will not allow slavish devotion to the discredited liberal interpretation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution to interfere with our efforts to once again make our streets safe for the true Americans among us.

   Thus, once and for all we are going to put the "drug excep­tion" to the Fourth Amendment into the law.  And if those lib­eral op­ponents of every­thing that is right and good about God's Amer­ica somehow succeed in getting that just law overturned in the courts, we will amend the Constitu­tion as necessary. [2]

   4. Now, we have every confidence that these measures, none of them extreme, all of them measured to the need, will work.  But if by some chance they do not, we will go further.  I want ev­eryone within the bor­ders of our great country and beyond who is any way connected with trafficking in or using the poi­sonous drugs of which we speak to be very clear about what I am about to say.

   If the need arises, we will give very serious consideration to im­ple­menting a proposal that our esteemed colleague, Paul Weyrich, made back in 1990 when he spoke to Washington's University Club on this subject (Stan).  At that time he "ad­vised Congress to declare an official war on drugs, so that drug users and dealers, once apprehended, could be denied their right of habeas corpus and held as prisoners of war, allowing for their inde­ter­mi­nate incarceration under the provisions of the Geneva Con­ven­tion."

   My friends, I am making The Real Drug War my first order of busi­ness, even as we begin the mammoth job of reordering the disor­der that has been dumped on our country during the last eight years.  I will be making the Real Drug War my first order of business with the Congress because this drug problem is indeed the most serious one our country faces today.

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   We can solve it, we must solve it, and we will solve it, with God's help and with His blessing.  And God's blessing we shall receive be­cause He will know that in fighting the mortal sin of drug use we are doing the Lord's work.  We can only hope that the Lord will see this effort as the first step we are taking on the long road to national re­demption.

                 Good night, and may the God of Christ Bless you.

Author's Note

              It may interest the reader to know that as far as "Drug War" strate­gy was concerned, there was not a single original thought in the Pine speech.  (As we will see, this was a phenomenon that char­acterized both the think­ing and the speeches of most of the fascist leadership throughout the Period.)  All of his program components could be found in all or in part in the work of such leading Right-Wing Reactionaries and "Drug Warriors" as the ones to which he referred, Newton Gingrich and William Bennett, and less well-known ones such as Peter Bensinger, Robert Bonner, Herbert Kleber, David Musto, Wil­liam Olson, and John Walters (Schumer).

              The Supreme Court's "drug exception" men­tioned by Pine is dis­cussed by Alex Poughton in his letter reproduced below.  Also as men­tioned by Pine, in 1995 the House of Representatives had passed a bill which would have signifi­cantly under­cut the provisions of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution by allowing warrantless searches in certain circumstances (Seelye).  Due to vari­ous legislative and judicial developments over the years, the measure had never been fully imple­mented.  Of course, as noted the controversy was ultimately brought to closure by repeal of the Fourth Amendment in its entirety in 2006.

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              Following is the first of the series of letters by the English journal­ist Alex Poughton that appear throughout this book.  You may recall from the Preface that for the London Sunday Times, throughout the Fascist Period Poughton reported on it under the heading "American Democra­cy."  Con­sistent with the politics of the paper's owner, Poughton's pub­lished pieces tended to be more puffy than penetrating presentation and analysis.  His private views however, contained in letters to a mysteri­ous "Karl" and preserved in his li­brary, were some­thing else again.  And so we turn to the first of those re-produced in this book, written shortly after the Pine Inau­gural.  For a jour­nalist, Poughton reveals a fairly sophisticated under­standing of the drug issue, among others.

An Alex Poughton letter

February 13, 2001

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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS, is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 30 books on health policy, health and wellness, and sports and regular exercise. In (more...)
 

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