The next time some idiot libertarian (Capitalized? Lower case? I have no idea) spouts his bullshit about how drugs should be legalized and really, who does it hurt? Throw a nice straight right into his teeth and when he looks up from the floor, show him this article.
I appreciate the theoretical arguments against government intervention in private matters. And if drug taking were really private and individual, I might have some tolerance for these idiots. But it isn’t private, it isn’t insulated from the real world, and people who believe that it is are stupid.
America is going hog wild going after recreational drinkers, 95% of whom will never hurt anyone, much less destroy the life of an innocent newborn. Yet we have people who are actually taken seriously when they babble about legalizing drugs, which are, in most cases, far worse than alcohol. How can anyone look at these innocents and advocate for the legalization of something that is guaranteed to cause such unbelievable suffering?
Am I blind to the deprivations of alcohol? Of course not. I am well aware of its destructive power. But most people can handle it. Most people cannot handle hard drugs. And I am very much on the fence when it comes to marijuana. Adults seem to be able to deal with it effectively. I know several grown-ups who use marijuana and seem to function quite well, and quite successfully. But its effect on children and teenagers and, possibly, young adults is destructive.
So…I have outed myself as a curmudgeon.
Get off my lawn.