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7 ways to make your neighborhood safer
Posted By Harry Browne On 10/21/2000 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
America’s crime rate has risen almost continually for the past 35
years. Very little of the great plans to reverse the trend — whether
mandatory sentences or more cops on the beat — has helped to relieve
the worst crime wave in the nation’s history. And recent drops in crime
rates still leave us far less safe than we were 35 years ago.
Is the situation hopeless?
No. America could be much safer — quickly and dramatically safer.
Here are seven ways to bring peace and security to your neighborhood:
Benefits of re-legalizing drugs
If you want your city, your country, and your children to be safe, we
must end the insane war on drugs before it destroys us.
Understandably, many Americans fear that ending the drug war would
produce hundreds of thousands of addicts, crack babies, children trying
drugs, and other evils. But that’s what we have now.
Re-legalizing drugs would eliminate the criminal black market –
ending the violence, the incentive to hook children and the selling of
bad drugs that destroy people. And addicts could seek medical help
openly and inexpensively — instead of hiding their habits from the law.
Why this war?
Despite the tyrannical methods the government uses to fight the drug
war, drug use continues unabated. So why do politicians fight so
desperately to continue this insane war on drugs?
Could it be because the war allows them to continually expand their
power over our property, our bank accounts and our private lives?
And why won’t the national media and the “investigative” reporters
challenge the prevailing wisdom? Why didn’t Jim Lehrer make Al Gore or
George Bush explain their support for continuing this relentless and
Wouldn’t it have been nice to have one person on the debate stage to
ask Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush the obvious question: “Would you be a better
person today if, for your youthful drug use, you had spent 10 years in
Republicans and Democratic politicians see nothing hypocritical in
prosecuting others for actions they’ve taken themselves. They’ve
operated for so long on a double standard that it never occurs to them
that they comprise anything less than an elite aristocracy.
A better America
Libertarians know how much safer America will be without the
nightmare of Prohibition — just as America became safer the moment
alcohol Prohibition ended. Libertarians also recognize that the war on
drugs is an excuse for politicians to make big government bigger. And
Libertarians know that oppressive prison sentences for drug use and
peaceful dealing have not made America safer.
That’s why I have made this promise: If I am somehow elected
president, from the inauguration platform I will issue an unconditional
pardon to everyone in a federal prison on a non-violent drug
When you vote this year, realize that by voting for George Bush or Al
Gore, you are voting to endorse the insane war on drugs. Only by voting
Libertarian will you issue an unmistakable statement that you want
America to be a free country again.
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