The war on drugs is the root of the problem. It is the foundation of the modern police state. Without the war on drugs as the rationale, most of the abuses and unaccountability we see today would not have become possible. Whether it’s the Fourth Amendment being thrown out, financial privacy being gutted, and Americans’ private lives under surveillance as never in the history of this country, the war on drugs is the Great Rationalization for what has become a war on freedom.
Yes. It always bitterly amuses me when I hear well-intentioned folks like Mark Levin railing against the new police/surveillance state as being “unconstitutional.”
Why? Because Mark and many other conservatives were perfectly happy with the hideous, pointless, unconstitutional war on some drugs, no matter how many peope were jailed for smoking some pot, no matter how many died in the drug wars at every level from the street to the cartel/national, and no matter how many times thuggish SWAT teams kicked in doors, either the right ones, or the wrong ones, and a slaughter of innocents ensued. You see, they were perfectly happy with all of this because they thought that drugs were evil, and so the state should be empowered with all kinds of extraordinary powers and forces in order to combat them.
What never crossed their minds in the first place was that the entire notion of the state banning certain drugs was unconstitutional. Once we understood this to be true, which is why it took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol.
It also never crosses their minds that once you cede power and authority to the state to act in certain extra-constituional ways “for the good of the country,” that authority and those powers will inevitably be used to further other goals deemed “for the good of the country.” Because the ultimate point of all this is never the good of the country, but more authority and power for the ruling class.
It’s illogical, stupid, suicidal, and irrational, but they do it anyway. The socon mind is a wonderful thing, especially its ability to ignore the damage it does to the very liberties it professes to support.