Pubdate: Mon, 05 Jun 2000
Source: Times Record News (TX)
Copyright: 2000 The E.W. Scripps Co.
Contact:  1301 Lamar, Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Fax: 940/767-1741
Author: Mike Plylar


Thank you for exposing one of the most terrible pieces of legislation
in American history in your editorial ("Basic freedoms, The next
victim of the war on drugs" May 31, page 6B).

The title of the Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act has very
little to do with the content of this bill. The bill is a thinly
veiled attempt to silence any objections to America's failed drug
policy and would imprison those who voice their discontent. U.S. drug
policy is a disaster in every sense of the word, but politicians,
bureaucrats, the drug testing industry, law enforcement, prosecutors,
the prison industry and the anti-drug acronyms have become so
enamored, with the vast sums of money and power it generously
provides, that nothing - absolutely nothing - will deny them their
feast at this succulent side of pork called the America's drug war.

Since its inception, the drug war has never been about drugs, just
money. The "anti-drugs" folks have never been truly interested in
narcotics, other than to make sure there are always enough around to
keep their feast of precious taxpayers' pork alive. Without drugs,
where would they be? Seeking more constructive employment? More than
likely. The "anti-drugs" are fully aware that any fair and honest
discussion concerning American drug policy will bring their house of
cards crashing to the ground. Their lies and propaganda have failed

What can the American people do? Write your Congressmen and tell them
that you've watched them destroy every vestige of our Constitution,
chasing this apparition called a "Drug Free America," and you know,
and they know, that this has never, can never and will never be. Ask
for a fair, honest and open debate, precluding anyone who makes one
thin dime off the current calamity from participation. No drug
cartels, no politicians, no anti-drug acronyms, no police and no
drug-testing industry types - all of whose livelihoods rely heavily on
this drug-war-turned-pariah.

When the facts are revealed finally, let the American people decide
our fate. My confidence lies in our citizens. Provided the truth, they
will choose correctly and this drug war anomaly will end faster than
it began.

Mike Plylar, Kremmling, Colo., via TRNonline
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