Sign of worse things to come

Recently The Herald had a story about the new ammonia laws and the ammonia police, (“Meth recipe for disaster: Drug ‘chefs’ target food plants for their ammonia”). This month it is garbage police, (“Deadly litter,” Dec. 3). People are going through their neighbor’s garbage and reporting suspicious garbage to the police. I suppose that’s a legal basis for a search warrant? Neighbor reports an excess of camera batteries in the trash? Car parts store reports person buying a case of dry gas?

In California they have a new law requiring teachers to quiz young students about their parent’s smoking habits. This country is becoming a worse police state than Nazi Germany. There it was only about race. Here it is dry gas and over the counter pain killers. Even Russia only expected children to report their parent’s political conversations, not their smoking and drinking habits.

The other day a wire story reported that the tobacco police can’t understand why the cigarette companies are selling their product despite a decrease in advertising. How stupid can they be? Every politician knows that there is no such thing as bad advertising. The tobacco police provide more cigarette advertising than the tobacco companies have cut. No one advertises marijuana but it is probably the number one cash crop in this state.

This so-called “war on drugs” is a war on the American free enterprise system and a war on human nature. We already have 1 percent of all Americans in prison and that doesn’t count people in the local slammer. I just drove to Arizona and to Chicago and was amazed by the number of prisons I drove by.

The Christian right is attempting to illegalize going to Hell by outlawing all activity they think will lead to Hell. Only the Libertarians would permit peaceful sinners to go to Hell if they so choose.

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