Yes, it’s our old friend John P. Walters with Legalized Drugs: Dumber Than You May Think
Are the calls for legalization merely superficialâ€‹â€”â€‹silly background noise in the context of more fundamental problems? Does this talk make any difference? Well, suppose someone you know said, â€œCrack and heroin and meth are great, and I am going to give them to my brothers and sisters, my children and my grandchildren.â€ If you find that statement absurd, irresponsible, or obscene, then at some level you appreciate that drugs cannot be accepted in civilized society. Those who talk of legalization do not speak about giving drugs to their families, of course; they seem to expect drugs to victimize someone elseâ€™s family.
Irresponsible talk of legalization weakens public resolve against use and addiction. It attacks the moral clarity that supports responsible behavior and the strength of key institutions. Talk of legalization today has a real cost to our families and families in other places. The best remedy would be some thoughtful reflection on the drug problem and what we say about it.
I kind of miss the old coot.