Tom Keane in the Boston Globe: Right wing takes lead on reforming crime policy
DRUGS ARE BAD for you, no question. But wars on drugs are worse â€” at least the way weâ€™ve been waging this battle. But change may be coming, and from the least likely source: the right wing. Just as it took Richard Nixon to reopen ties with China (a Democrat would have been pilloried as a commie sympathizer), so it may take conservatives to reform our nationâ€™s drug and sentencing laws.
Uh, OK, I appreciate the overall article – some good stuff there, but let’s go back to that first sentence.
DRUGS ARE BAD for you, no question.
Nope. Sorry. I have a question.
What the hell are you talking about?
Last I checked, our bodies are constantly manufacturing drugs that keep us alive. I’m currently taking blood pressure drugs that are also helping insure that I live a longer life. There are millions of people who would be dead right now if it wasn’t for drugs. And countless others whose quality of life has been improved by drugs — of all kinds, both licit and illicit (the differences there being more political than scientific).
The fact is — drugs, when used appropriately, are GOOD FOR YOU.