Everyone has a free will and choices …


More than 70 people overdose in New Haven as park visitors watch in horror

I can’t say I feel bad for the people who chose to burn their lives up in a cloud of smoke. They have choices just like everyone else. They are in the WEAK SISTER FAMILY that can not face reality and the world as it is and wants to go through life high and in a fog. You wanna play, you gotta pay.

Now we are into 2018 and I am sure the fatality number has gone up dramatically.

The first governmental account of nationwide drug deaths shows roughly 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016. 64,000 people FOLKS – not 64 or 640 or 6,400, 64,000 people had a choice of either not going down the dirty drug path and signing their own death certificate or living a wholesome clean life.  Many chose door # 2.  Am I supposed to feel sorry for them??  Not really!! The people I feel sorry for are their family, friends and the everyone’s life they destroyed on their journey into oblivion.

Beside the physical damages it has cost to support and pamper, there is a monumental monetary cost that could have been put to a lot better uses.

VOX

How much does the war on drugs cost?

Enforcing the war on drugs costs the US more than $51 billion each year, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. As of 2012, the US had spent $1 trillion on anti-drug efforts.

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The spending estimates don’t account for the loss of potential taxes on currently illegal substances. According to a 2010 paper from the libertarian Cato Institute, taxing and regulating illicit drugs similarly to tobacco and alcohol could raise $46.7 billion in tax revenue each year.

These annual costs — the spending, the lost potential taxes — add up to nearly 2 percent of state and federal budgets, which totaled an estimated $6.1 trillion in 2013. That’s not a huge amount of money, but it may not be worth the cost if the war on drugs is leading to drug-related violence around the world and isn’t significantly reducing drug abuse.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

AP IMPACT: After 40 years, $1 trillion, US War on Drugs has failed to meet any of its goals

These two articles are dated back to 2010 and 2013, so I am very sure that the number have doubled or tripled since then.

This may be a poor comparison, BUTT it makes sense to me. If a person chooses to climb Mt. Everest and get trapped on the mountain, is it the governments responsibility to go bail them out?? I say no. They should have to pay for their rescue. The same analogy applies to druggies.

This is a more current report:

The Alarming Annual Cost of the War on Drugs and Why It’s a Failure

Nov 29, 2016 – There is little doubt the the war on drugs has been a failure overall. … Roughly $80 billion is spent each year on incarcerating American prisoners … among the general public was that drug addicts were a dangerous breed of …

I think it was the Ruskies who once said; we will conquer the USA without firing a bullet.  That exact scenario may not be the case, BUTT the comparisons are frightening similar.

The druggies in the USA and around the world are literally killing themselves. How many times is the government expect to bail them out. I can imagine, there are fools out there that have been rescued 100’s of time, BUTT are still sticking that needle in their arm, or shoving powder up their nose.

What is the answer, if there s one?? As I have said 1,000 times before; there is ONLY one solution and that is EDUCATION, starting from when their head pops out of where they have been hiding for 9 months. EDUCATION is the ONLY answer.

The government is so $#@*&^ up; their only solution to any problem is to hire about 200 drug czars and appoint multi-million dollar committees to investigate, only to come up with air. Where do these committee people hold their conferences? Naturally at a 5 star hotel like the Four Seasons, where blowing tax payers money has never been an issue.

As we can see by the article above, after 40 years and trillion$ of dollar$, US War on Drugs has failed to meet any of its goals.

I am sure this will piss off a lot of people, especially the politicians and the PC-ers. A good percentage of the fault falls in their laps. There is no way that governing with political correctness ever was or will be successful.

Take the no-nonsense way of governing in Singapore for instance. It is one of the safest places on the planet to live.

The possession, consumption, manufacturing, import, export, or trafficking of these and other controlled drugs in any amount are illegal. Persons caught with less than the Mandatory Death Penalty amounts of these controlled substances face penalties ranging from caning (up to 24 strokes) to life in prison.

The Misuse of Drugs Act is a drug control law in Singapore classifying substances into three categories, Classes A, B, and C. Section 44 provides that “The Minister may, by an order published in the Gazette” add, remove, or transfer drugs among the classes. The statute’s penal provisions are severe by most nations’ standards, providing for long terms of imprisonment, caning, and capital punishment. The law creates a presumption of trafficking for certain threshold amounts, e.g. 30 grams of cannabis. It also creates a presumption that a person possesses drugs if he possesses the keys to a premises containing the drugs, and that “Any person found in or escaping from any place or premises which is proved or presumed to be used for the purpose of smoking or administering a controlled drug shall, until the contrary is proved, be presumed to have been smoking or administering a controlled drug in that place or premises.” Thus, one runs the risk of arrest for drug use by simply being in the company of drug users. The law also allows officers to search premises and individuals, without a search warrant, if he “reasonably suspects that there is to be found a controlled drug or article liable to seizure”. Moreover, Section 31 allows officers to demand urinalysis of suspected drug offenders.

Don’t tell me that rigid rules are not a deterrent to crime.  I would trade any day of the week, month or year and live in a disciplined country and feel that my family is safe and secure.  We certainly can not say that about the USA. In some cities, the residents are caution about going out doors. They are prisoners in their own homes. Is that any way to live??

What we are seeing in the country is; years of abuse and neglect by the government and them being bamboozled/railroaded by organizations like the ACLU with their own agenda and other PC-driven groups. All of the capitulating  and cheek turning has come back to bite our country right in the ass.

What we are now experiencing is years of neglect. At the rate we are going, (remember where you read this) I NEVER see the USA ever getting back to the great country it once was. It has been neglected so long on so many different fronts, it is IMPOSSIBLE to ever turn it around.

I never see this happening, BUTT if it did. If we started this very day with a clean slate; conducting business and laws as they should be, eliminating all the crime, it would take 50 years or more to reconstruct this country back to where it should be. Remember the Roman Empire.

Why did the Roman Empire fall you AXE???

HISTORY Channel:

Invasions by Barbarian tribes

The most straightforward theory for Western Rome’s collapse pins the fall on a string of military losses sustained against outside forces. Rome had tangled with Germanic tribes for centuries, but by the 300s “barbarian” groups like the Goths had encroached beyond the Empire’s borders. The Romans weathered a Germanic uprising in the late fourth century, but in 410 the Visigoth King Alaric successfully sacked the city of Rome. The Empire spent the next several decades under constant threat before “the Eternal City” was raided again in 455, this time by the Vandals. Finally, in 476, the Germanic leader Odoacer staged a revolt and deposed the Emperor Romulus Augustulus. From then on, no Roman emperor would ever again rule from a post in Italy, leading many to cite 476 as the year the Western Empire suffered its deathblow.

Economic troubles and overreliance on slave labor

Even as Rome was under attack from outside forces, it was also crumbling from within thanks to a severe financial crisis. Constant wars and overspending had significantly lightened imperial coffers, and oppressive taxation and inflation had widened the gap between rich and poor. In the hope of avoiding the taxman, many members of the wealthy classes had even fled to the countryside and set up independent fiefdoms. At the same time, the empire was rocked by a labor deficit. Rome’s economy depended on slaves to till its fields and work as craftsmen, and its military might had traditionally provided a fresh influx of conquered peoples to put to work. But when expansion ground to a halt in the second century, Rome’s supply of slaves and other war treasures began to dry up. A further blow came in the fifth century, when the Vandals claimed North Africa and began disrupting the empire’s trade by prowling the Mediterranean as pirates. With its economy faltering and its commercial and agricultural production in decline, the Empire began to lose its grip on Europe.

The rise of the Eastern Empire

The fate of Western Rome was partially sealed in the late third century, when the Emperor Diocletian divided the Empire into two halves—the Western Empire seated in the city of Milan, and the Eastern Empire in Byzantium, later known as Constantinople. The division made the empire more easily governable in the short term, but over time the two halves drifted apart. East and West failed to adequately work together to combat outside threats, and the two often squabbled over resources and military aid. As the gulf widened, the largely Greek-speaking Eastern Empire grew in wealth while the Latin-speaking West descended into economic crisis. Most importantly, the strength of the Eastern Empire served to divert Barbarian invasions to the West. Emperors like Constantine ensured that the city of Constantinople was fortified and well guarded, but Italy and the city of Rome—which only had symbolic value for many in the East—were left vulnerable. The Western political structure would finally disintegrate in the fifth century, but the Eastern Empire endured in some form for another thousand years before being overwhelmed by the Ottoman Empire in the 1400s.

Over-expansion and military overspending

At its height, the Roman Empire stretched from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Euphrates River in the Middle East, but its grandeur may have also been its downfall. With such a vast territory to govern, the empire faced an administrative and logistical nightmare. Even with their excellent road systems, the Romans were unable to communicate quickly or effectively enough to manage their holdings. Rome struggled to marshal enough troops and resources to defend its frontiers from local rebellions and outside attacks, and by the second century the Emperor Hadrian was forced to build his famous wall in Britain just to keep the enemy at bay. As more and more funds were funneled into the military upkeep of the empire, technological advancement slowed and Rome’s civil infrastructure fell into disrepair.

Government corruption and political instability

If Rome’s sheer size made it difficult to govern, ineffective and inconsistent leadership only served to magnify the problem. Being the Roman emperor had always been a particularly dangerous job, but during the tumultuous second and third centuries it nearly became a death sentence. Civil war thrust the empire into chaos, and more than 20 men took the throne in the span of only 75 years, usually after the murder of their predecessor. The Praetorian Guard—the emperor’s personal bodyguards—assassinated and installed new sovereigns at will, and once even auctioned the spot off to the highest bidder. The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership.

The arrival of the Huns and the migration of the Barbarian tribes

The Barbarian attacks on Rome partially stemmed from a mass migration caused by the Huns’ invasion of Europe in the late fourth century. When these Eurasian warriors rampaged through northern Europe, they drove many Germanic tribes to the borders of the Roman Empire. The Romans grudgingly allowed members of the Visigoth tribe to cross south of the Danube and into the safety of Roman territory, but they treated them with extreme cruelty. According to the historian Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman officials even forced the starving Goths to trade their children into slavery in exchange for dog meat. In brutalizing the Goths, the Romans created a dangerous enemy within their own borders. When the oppression became too much to bear, the Goths rose up in revolt and eventually routed a Roman army and killed the Eastern Emperor Valens during the Battle of Adrianople in A.D. 378. The shocked Romans negotiated a flimsy peace with the barbarians, but the truce unraveled in 410, when the Goth King Alaric moved west and sacked Rome. With the Western Empire weakened, Germanic tribes like the Vandals and the Saxons were able to surge across its borders and occupy Britain, Spain and North Africa.

Christianity and the loss of traditional values

The decline of Rome dovetailed with the spread of Christianity, and some have argued that the rise of a new faith helped contribute to the empire’s fall. The Edict of Milan legalized Christianity in 313, and it later became the state religion in 380. These decrees ended centuries of persecution, but they may have also eroded the traditional Roman values system. Christianity displaced the polytheistic Roman religion, which viewed the emperor as having a divine status, and also shifted focus away from the glory of the state and onto a sole deity. Meanwhile, popes and other church leaders took an increased role in political affairs, further complicating governance. The 18th-century historian Edward Gibbon was the most famous proponent of this theory, but his take has since been widely criticized. While the spread of Christianity may have played a small role in curbing Roman civic virtue, most scholars now argue that its influence paled in comparison to military, economic and administrative factors.

Weakening of the Roman legions

For most of its history, Rome’s military was the envy of the ancient world. But during the decline, the makeup of the once mighty legions began to change. Unable to recruit enough soldiers from the Roman citizenry, emperors like Diocletian and Constantine began hiring foreign mercenaries to prop up their armies. The ranks of the legions eventually swelled with Germanic Goths and other barbarians, so much so that Romans began using the Latin word “barbarus” in place of “soldier.” While these Germanic soldiers of fortune proved to be fierce warriors, they also had little or no loyalty to the empire, and their power-hungry officers often turned against their Roman employers. In fact, many of the barbarians who sacked the city of Rome and brought down the Western Empire had earned their military stripes while serving in the Roman legions.

If we updated and modernized these scenarios to correlate with our modern times,  they all have a relevance and are comparable to the conditions in this country today.

Shouldn’t we all be ashamed of how this country has deteriorated and what we see on the horizon for our kids and grandchildren??  If you are not ashamed, you should be.

As far as bailing out the druggies; This may be a poor comparison, BUTT it makes sense to me. If a person chooses to climb Mt. Everest and get trapped on the mountain, is it the governments responsibility to go bail them out?? I say no. They should have to pay for their rescue. The same analogy applies to druggies.

Our past and present disgraceful leaders will never admit they are too soft on crime. They all want to be popular with the people for votes.

I can not say that about PDT. Is he somewhat out of control with his behavior?? Absolutely; BUTT just imagine where we would be if CHC was sitting in the love seat with Wild Bill.  PDT is the closet person we have had in the Casa Bianca in many years that can be considered a disciplinarian.  There is nothing wrong with that.

It looks like I am not the Lone Ranger!!

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“Without discipline, there’s no life at all.” – Aleteia

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The tree of law and order was not kept straight and in-line as it was growing; now that it is fully grown, FA-GET-ABOUT-IT, it can’t ever be straightened if we continue down the same old road.

EDUCATION, as I have laid out is the only answer. We all know what that means, FA-GET-ABOUT-IT again.  I am totally convinced, there are factions in this country that are bound and determined to see the USA fail.  We are well on our way. One man can not change the tide alone. As many reasons as PDT has given the public to be pissed off at him, behind all of his idiosyncrasies, he has good intentions.

 

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