"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two main enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about drugs? Of course we did."
1994 quote from former Nixon policy advisor John Ehrlichman, quoted by Dan Baum at Harper's.
OK, so that's it. One of the roots of the 'War on Drugs' is a lie told by people who knew they were lying. Not actually surprising. But just consider how many people's lives have been messed up as a result of that lie. The deliberate telling of massive porkies to an increasingly unconvinced public reaches its apotheosis on the other side of the Atlantic with the 'Psychoactive Substances Bill' navigated in by Mrs Pork Pie herself, Teresa May. Actually the implementation of the Bill, originally scheduled for April 6th, has been delayed (for how long, nobody seems to know), as I suppose that someone's woken up to the fact that it may well be quite a difficult stunt to pull off, unless all the escape routes are anticipated and plugged up. And, believe me, there sure is a bucketload of 'em....
In the meantime, here is a pic of our Great Leader on holiday with his goodly wife. They are seen happily imbibing, er, a psychoactive substance. For those with little knowledge of psychoactives, I shall explain that they are ingesting a beer, or lager, possibly called a cerveza where they are in the photo. This beverage contains, in relatively mild form, a psychoactive substance called alcohol. This drug is taken all round the world, very often in the company of friends, or at special alcohol parties or alcohol clubs. It is also taken alone, or at home.
Many people are able to take this drug pretty regularly without experiencing obvious serious problems. There are, however, enormous numbers of users whose lives are deleteriously affected or completely destroyed as a result of doing this drug. It can lead to uncontrollable mood swings, in many people increasing their tendencies towards violence. They may attack strangers for no apparent reason whatever, without any memory of the event afterwards. Consumption of this drug leads to great overloading of emergency services at hospitals, particularly during weekends and at holiday times. Alcohol is highly addictive for some people, destroying their careers, marriages, and everything else as a result. The physical health of many people is seriously affected by this drug. In particular, many premature deaths occur as a result of irreparable damage to the liver.
Now onto another psychoactive, or group of psychoactives. Psychedelic-type substances, by definition, will all be criminalised in this new wonder-law laid out by our Great Leader and his Henchwoman-in--Chief, Ms May. Over the past 55 years, one or more of these psychedelic-type substances has been implicated in the following: drastic reductions in reoffending by serious criminals; assisting people to overcome post-traumatic stress; helping people to shed addiction to properly harmful substances such as alcohol and heroin; alleviating or preventing cluster headaches and migraines; speeding up a variety of psychotherapeutic processes; reducing stress and anxiety in terminally-ill patients. Not to mention the spiritual benefits and life-affirming experiences testified to by thousands of respectful and generally law-abiding people. These are just a few that come to mind, all evidence-based, built upon the careful and responsible use of these psychedelic-type substances.
Fortunately, there will be exemptions from the Bill. Not for psychedelics, but for alcohol, so our Great Leader and others of his ilk can continue to go on jolly holidays and get merry. As for our psychedelics, not enough research has been carried out to prove that they have therapeutic or medical value. Thus speak the Wise Ones. And why hasn't more research been carried out? - well, er, because the substances are illegal.
The great thing about the Psychoactive Substances Bill is that it is so patently ludicrous that it shows to all but the walking dead the true nature of our governemnts and their laws. They are not for our benefit, but to exert control over what the rest of us plebs do, don't do, think, feel, etc. In fact, finally unable to defend the indefensible, they have in recent years given up on the 'health of the populace' line for drug laws, instead resorting to some vague notions about 'historical and cultural factors'. Maybe I have been unfair; maybe we should take this element into consideration. Historical and cultural factors. OK. But we'll need to do a bit more tweaking to do it properly. Firstly, we shall need to deport all Muslims from the UK, since they fit in to the scheme neither historically nor culturally. This is, after all, historically and culturally a Christian country. Then we'll have to get rid of all those same-sex relationships, which are neither historical nor cultural. And what about women enjoying the privilege of voting? How far are we going back in our historic and cultural considerations?
So absolutely barmy is this Bill that it might show how desperate the Dark Controllers have become. Extreme situations lead to extreme measures, extreme 'solutions'. We can only hope that this is the case. Are Dave and Sam having a drink in the last chance saloon?