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Aerden [userpic]
I Think Alan Colmes is an Idiot.

He is a co-host of the Hannity and Colmes show. He apparently believes that all controlled substances should be legalized--from marijuana to meth. Why? Because he believes the government should not have the power to legislate what we may or may not put in our bodies, even if it's clearly harmful.

Yes, I do recognize that this would logically lead to making cigarette use illegal. The argument against that is that the trade in black-market cigarettes would then become outrageous. We'd have a situation of diminishing returns. Really, I believe the best way to eliminate illegal drug use is to make it seem unfashionable, 'uncool,' as has happened to a large degree with cigarettes. But, in lieu of that, I'm for keeping illegal drugs illegal.

Has Colmes ever seen someone severely addicted to ice or heroin?! For godsakes, any deterrent from using drugs like that, even a sometimes ineffective one, is better than none.

Fine. If you want all of these drugs to be legalized, Mr. Colmes, then I say that addiction to them should be taken off the roster of conditions considered to be disabilities.

Because my and everyone else's tax dollars should not have to be spent paying to rehabilitate people from their (legal) CHOICES.

Current Mood: pissed offpissed off

1) Yes, unquestionably, Colmes is an idiot. He's a faux lib who rolls over whenever pushed, put there strictly so the Manatee has someone to stomp on; that's the way Fixed News operates.

2) It's a slippery slope in either direction. During Prohibition this country proved your argument conclusively about why we can't successfully ban tobacco. Problem is that the very same argument is being proven for other drugs and we're just blithely ignoring it - organized crime? The current drug kingpins would laugh at Capone and Luciano as a couple of amateurs if they showed up today. And there's the allure of the forbidden caersidi already pointed out.

3) It wouldn't necessarily be YOUR tax dollars paying for rehab. The point of the legalization argument in that regard is that the actual cost of production for these drugs is trivial - illegality alone props up the price. We could tax the hell out of the stuff once legalized, allow its sale at half street value, and the taxes from that alone would pay for education outreach and rehab programs far better than what our taxes are currently financing.