I love John Stossel. My more libertarian tendencies come to the forefront when I get to read a column he’s written. Something I’ve noticed in my dealings with others is that when they announce their BELIEFS, they don’t seem comfortable when my response is…less than enthusiastic either for or against what they believe. It’s ok with me if you believe that chicken is God…but please don’t attempt to force me to believe the same way…and don’t teach it to my child in school. I don’t even mind if you smoke dope…but I won’t let you take my grandchild for a ride in your new car if you’re high.
If you believe the USA is being transformed into Bill Ayers’ vision of a socialist utopia, you might be on the right track. But if you believe illegal drugs kill most of their users, or that drug addiction is as instantaneous as most Americans do, or that cigarette smoking will kill most of the people who try it, get a grip and try listening to people who don’t have a vested interest in YOU believing that bilge.
But on the news, we constantly see people whose lives have been destroyed by drugs. Sullum says: “When you have prohibition, the most visible users are the ones who are most antisocial, most screwed up. They’re the ones who come to the attention of the police. … People who present themselves as experts on drug use because they come into contact with all these addicts have a very skewed perspective because they are seeing a biased sample. The people who are well adjusted, responsible users are invisible.”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying any of those things are healthy or good…I’m just saying that it ain’t my bidniss and I really don’t care. Really. And the Government, especially, should be in the Don’t Care bisniss.
In a free country, we consenting adults should be able to do whatever we want with our bodies as long as we don’t hurt anyone else. People who don’t like what we do have every right to complain about our behavior, to boycott, to picket, to embarrass us. Bless the critics. They make us better people by getting us to think about what’s moral. Let them mock and shame. But shaming is one thing — government force is another. Prohibition means we empower the state to send out people with guns to force people to do what the majority says is moral. That’s not right.
You’ll find the whole thing here.