Pain, Prohibition, and Plundering
Tinsley Grey Sammons
Why do adult Americans insist that their Government treat them like children?
Following shoulder surgery that was a little more than fifty percent successful, I continue using hydrocodone for pain control. If I choose to replenish my supply legally, I must periodically make a thirty-mile round trip in order to get expensive written permission from a de facto agent of the State called, a doctor. In my case he's a seemingly disinterested pain control expert who has absolutely no way to determine whether or not my pain is real . . . and likely does not care, beyond avoiding outrageous legal consequences.
The Controlled Substances Act is clearly a contravention of the spirit of the unamendable Unanimous Declaration and the spirit of the Bill of Rights as well.
In addition to effective pain control, the hydrocodone I ingest actually makes me feel good, a real perk for a weary 74 year-old retired Geezer with a body worn by decades of labor. But I wouldn't divulge that to the doctor since self-medicating to feel good is frowned on in America. In fact, I'm convinced that drug manufacturers actually try to take the feelgood out of drugs to discourage individuals from using them recreationally. Hydrocodone sold in America is unnecessarily adulterated with acetaminophen which does nothing more than introduce unnecessary toxicity. So then, from the prohibitionist's point of view, it's okay to be disease and pain free but it's not okay to feel good while you're doing it. This is considered so important to those who insanely perpetuate the War on Self-medicating and Chemical Self-pleasuring that drug manufacturers are willing to risk a user's health by increasing the toxicity of their product(s). Are all the lawyers in America asleep? C'mon guys, initiate those lawsuits before folks wise up and unite in Justice Fellowships, then file Sui Juris, thereby leaving you out of the financial loop.
Why is an adult American - a citizen of what was once considered the most free nation in the world - forced to get permission from an agent of the State to purchase that which ought to be honestly labeled and available on the free market at a reasonably competitive price? Why should an outrageous and unnecessary de facto broker's fee, along with prohibition costs, be added to the cost of relief?
Indeed, who benefits? When subjected to critical thinking, it becomes clear that the stupidly Utopian War on Drugs has degenerated into an institution that does nothing more than provide political distraction and financial fodder for opportunists and parasites on both sides of the law. Frederic' Bastiat's term Plunder by Law fits the Drug War quite well.
The Drug War is fueled with exaggerations, sensationalism, half-truths, lies, and unfounded fears. Adult Americans would be wise to muster the resolve to disabuse themselves of this dreadful precedent for unlawful government power.
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