Finally, an anti-drug slogan I can get behind!

Red Ribbon Week 2011 Launches New Contest: “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug Free”

Exactly. It’s up to me. Not up to the government, or the schools, or my employer, or some busybody who decided that a plant is immoral. It’s my decision.

It’s up to me to be drug free. And nobody else.

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21 Responses to Finally, an anti-drug slogan I can get behind!

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    Maybe their opponents should wear green ribbons that week.

  2. DdC says:

    “I, as a responsible adult human being, will never concede the power to anyone to regulate my choice of what I put into my body, or where I go with my mind. From the skin inwards is my jurisdiction, is it not? I choose what may or may not cross that border. Here I am the Customs Agent. I am the Coast guard. I am the sole legal and spiritual government of this territory, and only the laws I choose to enact within myself are applicable”
    ~ Alexander Shulgin, PhD,
    Chemist and author, at the DPF Conference, November 1996

    “Put it into historical context. The use of sacramental vegetables has gone back, back, back in history to shamans and the Hindu religion and Buddhist religion. They were using soma. It’s an ancient human ritual that has usually been practiced in the context of religion or of worship or of tribal coming together. I didn’t pioneer anything. The use of psychedelics for spiritual purposes was started in the 50s by Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs.”
    ~ Dr. Timothy Leary, Ph.D.

    “People have a right to get stoned. They have a right to think and explore their own minds. This is as intimate a part of their being as their sexuality. Any culture which mitigates that is clearly afraid of a full and fair and open dialogue about what reality is and what real human values ought to be.”
    — Terence McKenna

    “There is not a shred of hope from history or from cross-culture studies to suggest that human beings can live without psychoactive substances.” Bees drop to the ground after having nectar from certain orchards. Birds get drunk off berries and then fly into windows. After cats sniff certain plants they swing at imaginary objects. Certain range weeds will make cows shake, twitch, and stumble back for more. Elephants purposely get drunk on fermented fruits.”
    — Dr. Andrew Weil,
    University of Arizona College of Medicine

    “Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now. Thus in France the emetic was once forbidden as a medicine, and the potato as an article of food. Government is just as fallible, too, when it fixes systems in physics. Galileo was sent to the Inquisition for affirming that the earth was a sphere; the government had declared it to be as flat as a trencher, and Galileo was obliged to abjure his error. … Reason and experiment have been indulged, and error has fled before them. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
    — Thomas Jefferson, 1787
    “Notes on the State of Virginia,”

  3. filosofem666 says:

    Be wary though. The more they start using this kind of language, the less intellectual arsenal will be left on our side. As reasonable as the slogan sounds, it is still being used by prohibitionists to brainwash kids into thinking drugs are inherently evil so you have to “free” yourself from them. I mean, it is no news that governments in various parts of the world have shamelessly exploited youth culture in order to advance their own agendas. Here in Taiwan, they have been using the same kind of vaguely individualistic language in an attempt to appeal to the youth while actively suppressing facts about drugs and global prohibition that should be freely accessible to the public. And this strategy has proven quite successful at keeping people in the dark!

    • DdC says:


      A Few Buzzwords

      “All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it.”

      The Corporate Muzzle

      “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
      ~ Benito Mussolini,
      “London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935

      Remove Marijuana from the Schedule 1 list of drugs in the Controlled Substances Act

    • Duncan20903 says:

      Is there a right to free speech in Taiwan? I’m under the vague impression that they could make me shut up there, while they can’t here at least directly. Dr. Goebbels would never have been able to pull it off in the US.

      • filosofem666 says:

        No, there is no equivalent of the First Amendment in this country so they can always use some bullshit reason to shut you up. I mean, even websites containing sexually explicit material have to run on servers located in the US just to stay out of trouble. Granted we are not anything like China, but situation here is still pretty dire.

      • A Critic says:

        “Is there a right to free speech in Taiwan?”

        Yes there is. It may not be recognized though.

        Rights exist everywhere there is a human being.

  4. Francis says:

    I wouldn’t read too much into their slogan choice. After all, while “It’s Up to Armed Agents of the State to Keep Me Free of Certain Politically-Disfavored Drugs” might have more accurately captured their worldview, it (a) doesn’t rhyme and (b) is kind of a mouthful. (And when given the choice between accuracy and increased propaganda effect, I think we know where this crowd comes down.)

  5. Peter says:

    ‘Also partnering is the DEA: “Wear the Red Ribbon to show you care about having a healthy body and a clear mind free of drugs,” said Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. “Take the pledge, because it’s up to you and me to be drug free!”‘
    Does Michelle have any concept of irony? If it’s really “up to you and me to be drug free” why do we need a Drug Enforcement Agency?

  6. darkcycle says:

    Right now, somebody at Florida family partnership is reading this and doing a “facepalm”.

  7. darkcycle says:

    BTW, that Yahoo page linked above has a section for comments. I’m off to the mountains today, or I’d be composing right now. I don’t hold out any hope that one of our observations would make the cut, but if anyone feels frisky, there you are.

  8. claygooding says:

    off subject,,but a petition I am waiting to hear their answer too.

    Remove Marijuana from the Schedule 1 list of drugs in the Controlled Substances Act

    Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the Controlled Substances Act, a category reserved for drugs which have “no currently accepted medical use”. Marijuana has known medical uses and therefore should not be classified as a Schedule 1 substance. The federal government should “accept” marijuana’s known medical uses and remove it from the Schedule 1 list of drugs.

  9. claygooding says:

    “”I will agree totally with the slogan when they add 3 words to it.
    It is up to me to be drug free,and nobody else.

    You cannot legislate morality,,it must be taught at home and no punishment will ever make people not want to feel good. you are just throwing more money in the hole our government dug.””

    My post at the Yahoo link made the cut

    • Francis says:

      How about “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug-Free, Or, If I So Choose, To Be Chock Full Of Drugs Because It’s My F***ing Body You Fascist F***tards”? (Too long? Too angry?)

  10. claygooding says:

    The petition made it to the listing with ease,,now Obama
    can have time to prepare his answer on keeping cannabis schedule one instead of muttering and stuttering from being surprised by a question about mmj.

    I wait patiently for him to explain why marijuana is not a medicine and therefore it must remain schedule 1,,as his drug czar claims.

    With 14 states already having mmj laws and several more working on them,,,his answer to justify keeping marijuana schedule 1 is going to be a doozy.

    • Duncan20903 says:

      Whenever I hear one of the Know Nothing “the law is the law, blah, blah, blah” hypocrites open his piehole it makes me think of the classic from 1988 by DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young though I do like to add some emphasis:

      quoted from bottom page 67 through end of page 68:

      There are those who, in all sincerity, argue that the transfer of marijuana to Schedule II will "send a signal" that marijuana is "OK" generally for recreational use. This argument is specious. It presents no valid reason for refraining from taking an action required by law in light of the evidence. If marijuana should be placed in Schedule II, in obedience to the law, then that is where marijuana should be placed, regardless of misinterpretation of the placement by some. The reasons for the placement can, and should, be clearly explained at the time the action is taken. The fear of sending such a signal cannot be permitted to override the legitimate need, amply demonstrated in this record, of countless suffers for the relief marijuana can provide when prescribed by a physician in a legitimate case.

      The evidence in this record clearly shows that marijuana has been accepted as capable of relieving the distress of great numbers of very ill people, and doing so with safety under medical supervision. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance in light of the evidence in this record.

      The administrative law judge recommends that the Administrator conclude that the marijuana plant considered as a whole has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, that there is no lack of accepted safety for use of it under medical supervision and that it may lawfully be transferred from Schedule I to Schedule II. The judge recommends that the Administrator transfer marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II.

      Dated: SEP 6 1988
      Francis L. Young Administrative Law Judge

      • Rick Steeb says:

        All props to the late Judge Young. However, AFAIAC they can [vigorously] pound sand to tamp “Schedule II Cannabis” into the same orifice as “Schedule I Cannabis”.

        What “Schedule” includes wine? There you go.

        • Duncan20903 says:

          Baby steps Rick, baby steps. I do feel compelled to point out that it’s just not very smart to reject progress because we can’t hop to the finish line in on fell swoop. (does anyone actually know what the heck a fell swoop is?) That’s pretty equivalent to the clowns that propose that we stick with the homicidal maniac multi-billionaires cartel “kingpins” because there are people who make money buying cartons of cigarettes in Virginia and re-selling them by the pack while standing on the outside of bodegas in New York City. Hey, legalization won’t cause the black market to completely vanish you know.

          Remember, that ruling was ignored by the DEA administrators over 23 years ago, and you’re thinking de-scheduling?

          You have to remember that the people on the other side of the table are gibbering idiots. If you get them to understand that by the CSA’s definitions that drinking alcohol most certainly belongs in schedule I, I think there’s a very significant chance that we could actually end up with schedule I drinking alcohol. That would require me to acquire a bunker and that would feel like a chore. To date I’ve come up with absolutely no rhetorical device that could make those people acknowledge the possibility of ending the war on (some) drugs.

  11. Duncan20903 says:

    Say, I was thinking about this, and I wanted to make sure that the new slogan wasn’t accidentally misread. It would seem more consistent with the collective Know Nothing prohibitionist personality that the slogan is “It’s up to me to pee drug free.”

    (Yes, yes I’m using the word “personality” in it’s broadest and most inclusive definition.)

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