The Least Important Battle in the War on Drugs

pri·or·i·ty
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noun
  1. a thing that is regarded as more important than another.
  2. "housework didn't figure high on her list of priorities"
    • the fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important.
    • "the safety of the country takes priority over any other matter"
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  • prime concern, most important consideration, primary issue
  • I just put that up there in case someone with better connections than I, wanted to forward it to the federal government.


    We all have things that we worry about, but for most of us, an old retired hippie smoking weed on his back porch or a stockbroker snorting a line of coke off of his office desk are not among them.


    The federal government says they have declared a war on drugs, but it is no wonder why they are losing that war.  They are doing a very poor job of prioritizing things.


    source: The Washington Post


    Federal drug agents launch surprise inspections of NFL teams following games

    Federal drug agents conducted surprise inspections of National Football League team medical staffs on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse in the league. The inspections, which entailed bag searches and questioning of team doctors by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in cooperation with the Transportation Security Administration, were based on the suspicion that NFL teams dispense drugs illegally to keep players on the field in violation of the Controlled Substances Act, according to a senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation.
    The medical staffs were part of travel parties whose teams were playing at stadiums across the country. They included the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who played the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, and the San Francisco 49ers, who played the New York Giants in New Jersey. DEA officials were expected to inspect six teams in all on Sunday.



       



    Most people are not concerned about the old hippie or the stockbroker, and why should they be?  We don’t have much of a problem with old hippies mugging people, or stockbrokers breaking into people’s homes to get money for their next high.


    Many people are worried about the heroin addict or meth head who is willing to do whatever it takes to get some fast cash, and they’re worried about drug gangs and the crime and violence associated with them.


    Now, how many of you have lost any sleep that some professional football player is going to rob you to get money for drugs?  Nobody?  Huh?  Then why the hell is our government wasting time and resources trying to bust NFL teams?  What difference does it make what kind or how many drugs football players take?  They could all O.D. for all I care.  


    There just aren’t that many players in the NFL, so whether the drug use by players was either 100% or zero%, it wouldn’t make a hill of beans worth of difference in the total amount of drugs used in this country, so why are the Feds going after them?  The same reason that the cops are out to destroy some working white guy who had a few beers after work and drives home while they let the gang bangers run wild.  It’s safe, it’s easy, there’s money in it, and it makes for good press.


    A working white guy gets busted for DUI.  He doesn’t pose any danger to the police officers, and he pays hundreds, if not thousands thousands of dollars in fines, and then he has to pay more for drunk driving classes and the ignition interlock.  It’s a pure profit center.  


    A gang banger is difficult and dangerous to apprehend, and doesn’t have a dime to his name.  Nothing but expense.


    A cop that busts the working white guy is a hero to groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, but a cop who busts a ganger is branded a racist.


    I doubt that the Feds were worried about any of those NFL teams shooting at them, and I’m sure there are going to be some hefty fines if they find anything, but their biggest motivation is basking in the glory of a highly publicised bust.


    Just as busting the working man who had five or six beers, busting NFL teams for drugs is going to do nothing to make our streets safer.  Even if they bring down the entire NFL, the real bad guys are still out there. The Feds are just too lazy and chicken to go after them.

    If they were truly concerned about fighting the war on drugs, wouldn’t they do something to tighten up our border security?  If it’s that easy for people to cross the Mexican border, think about how easy it must be to get drugs across it.  I think the Feds need to get their priorities straight and start fighting the important battles in the “war on drugs”. The ones where some lives might actually be saved.

    2 comments:

    1. You are right on Neil. It's follow the easy money and good press. A smart approach out of question.

      By the way with Packers scoring 50 points the last two games they should have been checked for drugs.

      Dan

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