Source:The New Democrat
“People like booze. Now. But there was a time alcohol was a matter of debate and was made illegal. Here is why it failed.
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Written and Edited by Tyler Franklin”
As someone who is a nondrinker ( when it comes to alcohol ) I believe I have a lot of credibility when it comes to alcohol and other prohibitions, simply because I’m not looking to keep products like alcohol, tobacco, sugar, salt, caffeine, and any other current drugs that Americans consumer that are currently legal simply so I can continue to consume them, but because I don’t believe they should be illegal. I don’t want to legalize marijuana and decriminalize harder narcotics because I want to consume them, but because I don’t believe people should be put in prison or even jail simply for consuming or possessing these products.
I simply as a Liberal don’t believe that people should be arrested and put in jail simply for doing or consuming things that are dangerous and come with negative side-effects. You need a better argument than, “this is bad for you and dangerous and if you do this or take this, you’re going to be locked, because these products are bad for you.” Or you need a better argument than these products violate some people’s religious and moral values in order to outlaw something. You need a fact-based argument that lays out that the negative consequences of using let’s say risky products or so great that if they’re allowed to be consumed in society that not only will the people who consume them be negatively affected. but the people around then and the greater society will be harmed to the point that society couldn’t afford those negative affects. An argument that has never been made to outlaw alcohol or any other product that comes with real risk in America.
So why bas prohibition failed?
I’ll give you a hypothetical: think about a father who doesn’t want his daughter ( let’s say ) seeing her boyfriend anymore simply because the father doesn’t like him and doesn’t want him around his daughter and he tells his daughter that and perhaps even tells her boyfriend that he doesn’t’ want him seeing his daughter anymore and if does, there will be real consequences for that: you think the daughter is going to stop seeing her boyfriend simply because her father no longer wants her to see him, especially if her father can’t explain why he doesn’t’ like him, or why he’s bad for her? Well, if you’re familiar with teenage girls in America and perhaps outside of this country, you know that they won’t stop seeing people simply because their parent or parents tell them not to.
The so-called War on Drugs whether it was alcohol prohibition in the 1920s or the war on harder narcotics today like marijuana ( and there’s still a question of whether marijuana is actually a harder narcotic than marijuana ) has failed for the same reasons. Just because you tell someone they can’t do something especially if the person is an addict or they know what they’re doing is not so dangerous than they can die from, especially if they don’t abuse alcohol or marijuana, doesn’t mean they’ll stop doing it or taking whatever they’re into. It just means that what they’re currently doing is illegal and that they may end up in jail or prison if they’re caught in possession or consuming what they’re into.
What you get with the so-called War on Drugs is an overcrowded, unaffordable, and unsustainable criminal justice and prison incarceration system where maybe 1-10 American prison inmates don’t represent any actual threat to society. If they represent any threat whatsoever to anyone, it’s to themselves, but because they’re addicts. If your’e a true fiscal Conservative, you hate the so-called War on Drugs and criminal justice system in America, because it’s so expensive, because we lock up people for what they do to themselves. You’re cool with locking up predators who hurt innocent people especially if the punishment is just, but locking up people for what they do to themselves is a waste of tax dollars and you hate that as a fiscal Conservative.
So the War on Alcohol and the broader so-called War on Drugs has failed for several reasons: One, almost 50 years later after President Richard Nixon launched this so-called war we’re still fighting it. That should be a pretty good clue there. But now thanks to this so-called war we have an overcrowded, unaffordable, unsustainable criminal justice system in a time when we’re running trillion-dollar deficits and have a national debt of over 20 trillion-dollars.
Just because you outlaw something doesn’t mean it goes away, it just means that it’s now illegal and will go underground. And the people who get caught will end up in prison simply because they were caught in possession or caught using a product that Big Government says is dangerous and should be illegal.
Just like the father who tells his daughter to stop seeing her boyfriend for no apparent reason: they’ll continue to see each other, but behind her parents backs and no longer be upfront and honest about their relationship.