Pubdate: Wed, 08 May 2002
Source: Macon Telegraph (GA)
Copyright: 2002 The Macon Telegraph Publishing Company
Author: Myron Von Hollingsworth


Truth to tell, the drug police, politicians, officials, media and civilians 
(secretly) don't list victory as an objective in their expensive and 
oppressive trillion-dollar war. When they do spout their "zero 
tolerance/total victory" rhetoric, how many of your readers actually 
believe them?

Just remember that the drug czars' jobs depend on perpetual prosecution-but 
never on victory. Politicians depend on the drug war and its rhetoric to 
scare up votes (by scaring voters). The politicians also rely on the drug 
war to sustain their constituent industries and institutions that depend on 
the economics of prohibition in order to make generous profits and campaign 

Remember what H.L. Mencken said: "The whole aim of practical politics is to 
keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by 
menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

Myron Von Hollingsworth

Fort Worth, Texas
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