To put it simply, this whole letter is a very good indicator of the public opinion surrounding our crusade against drugs. Certain individuals fail to realize the overwhelming detriment the drug war has caused, and for these people the only way to change their opinion would be to suddenly awake them in the middle of the night surrounded by large men with big guns pointed right in the faces of their family…all in the name of preventing people from getting high (as Radley has stated previously).
To quote one of my favorite movies:
“While the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. You were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your fear you turned to the now high chancellor. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.”
I’m pretty sure this guy remembers the “Dry Squad Days” of the 20’s and 30’s quite vividly, and probably voted in a few of the congressmen who passed prohibition. You know, back in the days when nickels had pictures of bees on ‘em and Al Capone danced the Charleston on the top of a flagpole.