Originally Posted by FondestBianca
YOU don't NEED for me to do anything. If you want my answer, read my last post, above.
and I believe that some people can govern themsevles just fine. I can. I don't use drugs, smoke, eat horrible, drive dangerously, steal, cheat on my taxes, abuse anyone or anything, etc, etc, etc... and I still wouldn't even if there were no laws to tell me to or not to do so. Others however, need some mentoring.
I'm not focusing on the health aspect of pot at this point.... though everyone who has responded to what I've said seems to pinpoint that for some odd reason. Pot IS part of the reason so many cities and neighborhoods are declining. Think about the mentality and motivation of dealers.... not users. Users hurt those close to their hearts, dealers hurt those within a 5 mile radius.
OKay, but here's the crappy part: I actually DO need you to do that...actually NEED....because so long as people like you insist upon drawing lines where none exist, and eating up the "information" which supports your views without questioning it, we will all be in this same, crappy, sinking ship together.
Why....ON EARTH...would you blame crackheads, on CRACK. Crackheads are not CREATED BY crack. If that's the case....then, why aren't YOU a crack head?? Come on, you know where it is, you're in close proximity....by your logic, YOU should be a crack head....so, what's wrong??
I'll tell you. The things which separate you, from a person who throws their life away on crack, have nothing to do with proximity or how many drug dealers you know...can't you see that?
The War on Drugs...is a war on your mentality. It accomplishes so many things at once, that it really could be compared to a magic trick, or illusion...illusion is better, actually. See, the government CREATES the problem...then convinces you that the problem is GROWING which causes you to scream "something must be done, to stop this growing problem!"....then gives you the SOLUTION to the problem. Here's the thing...the problem they created, is not actually being solved....it's not SUPPOSED to be solved. What's the matter, with a gigantic portion of our society, living off the dole and as a result kept squashed down in an unending cycle of poverty and broken homes? Nothing, if you're a "person in charge". All of these people you're talking about, these little kids going in and out of the crack houses....who made their daddy a non-existent factor in their lives? Crack? Who made their mothers into addict? Not crack. Crack was the drug of choice...but not the cause to any of it. You can fight crack all you want, but until you fight the deep seated and looooong established culture that is guiding these peoples lives...I mean, you said you were a teacher, right? Do you KNOW the rates of desparity in the public school system, between the children who are living in these high poverty, mainly african american areas...and kid living in middle class, white america??? In some cases...70% or more. You're going to tell me, that THAT has nothing to do with these children having little to no chance, of the type of future you hope for, for your OWN children??? BS. Well, who runs the schoools around here.....ooohh,, riiiiight. All of these things are connected. You can fight crack, meth, etc...all you want. There is an element of all of this, which is not being addressed.....and it's not supposed to be. If you are holding your breath for your neighborhood to turn around...you need to stop, because it's not going to, because it's not supposed to. The folks in charge don't care about these crackheads...and the poor kids on their WAY to becoming crack heads just like they dont care about YOU. SO...okay, follow the rules, pay your taxes, all that other stuff you listed off as reasons why you "shouldn't have to live this way"...that's fine, but where's it getting you? Your city is overrun with crack heads...and crack (by way of MJ
) is the obvious culprit to you??? Well of course it is......but ask yourself where you got the idea! ASK YOURSELF! Because it doesn't even make sense?!
But, never the less, there you are. Screaming for a solution...and as long as the thugs keep coming in and rounding people up and sending them off to prison, you imagine that "all that could be done, is being done" - well, you're wrong. Incarceration does jack to help your neighborhood, lady. The War on Drugs, is a war on your wallet, mind and freedom. In other words...the same people who are handing you the bandaide, also gave you the paper cut....and you were looking right at them when they did it!!
I understand that you want to see the streets of your city cleaned up...but honey, the War on Drugs has been operating since the 80's.....how may decades before you decide that it's not working...then, reaserch the numbers which PROVE it's not working...then stumble on the numbers, outlining how much MONEY the government makes off this ridiculous lie...and start connecting the dots? The War on Drugs is not what it is supposed to be.
Stop looking at the crackheads...and start looking at the culture they come from...the culture which has been institutionally(sp?) created there over many many many years...then, start to realize that it's NOT THE DAMN CRACK! And it's CERTAINLY not the marijiuana....