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Can’t; time; crime; don’t.

By Mike Cunningham On December 22nd, 2013

When anyone talks of the failed ‘War on drugs’, along with the statement that any drug law infraction is virtually a victimless crime, I tend to roll my eyes, and wish I were elsewhere, anywhere but in a place where the very idea of selling drugs is considered to be an ordinary human function.  The argument goes that ‘no-one gets hurt’ and ‘no-one does drugs who doesn’t want to do drugs’ and we should all just step back, and maybe even make it legal.

This post of mine was written after reading the supposedly thought-provoking article in this oh-so-on-the-mark New York Times on the so-called ‘evils’ surrounding mandatory minimum sentencing for various crimes. Seems as though the ‘system’ had reacted to the huge rise in drug-related crimes, along with the equally-huge toll on the addicts and their families.

The thinking then, which I hold to this day, is if you are told and understand, in advance, that if you are caught committing a crime which, on a big list, relates to a certain length of time in jail; you may wish to think twice before getting involved in that activity. It is simply ‘cause’ related to ‘effect’. The fact that certain drug-related offences automatically meant a life sentence without parole is, perhaps, beside the point. The criminal engaged in this felonious activity in the full knowledge that, if caught, tried and found guilty; he would automatically get ‘life without parole’. This penalty did not even feature in the glib thinking that driving and distributing serious narcotics was just ‘easy money’.

Well, Mr Webster, ‘easy money’ it may have been; but you cannot say that you were not warned, no matter what the A.C.L.U.’s Vanita Gupta may claim about the injustice of mandatory minimums. The penalties were there, written and explained so that even the simplest could understand. As for mercy, and clemency; I think you may have already discovered that Society is just about clean out, as far as the likes of you is concerned!

 

15 Responses to “Can’t; time; crime; don’t.”

  1. Mike, why are your headlines always cryptic? And why do they always; contain; semi; colons?

  2. and Pete why are always judging what other people write, and how they write it. Mind your own damn business.

    As for the post tsk tsk lock the bastard away. I have done a lot of work with addicts. Addiction is a side effect always of other issues, except you can’t get to the other issues until you clear the hurdle of substance abuse. Most never clear that hurdle.

  3. I’ve tried Troll, I’ve tried to lower my standards so that your level of grammar doesn’t pain me. Alas, even a lobotomy would not be sufficient.

    That you would lock up a non-violent man for the rest of his life demonstrates that you are no Christian, and that you blaspheme when you pretend to be so.

  4. I note in this morning’s BBC news that the Met are to set up a TEAM to investigate Nigella Lawson’s use of cocaine. Clearly there are too many plod with nothing to do. Obviously there are lots of Brownie points to be collected for prosecuting someone who is a celeb rather than tackling the root causes.

  5. Pete
    kiss my ass you anarchist…. 🙂

  6. this is what Mikes title was referring to

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HNWhVXcjV8

  7. Pete,

    My headlines are not cryptic, they are sometimes scrambled so as to make the reader think, even for just a milli-second, about the wonderful usage available to we who use, and are conversant with, the English language.

    Its just the way I think; don’t know why people get so uptight.

  8. and Pete why are you always judging what other people write, and how they write it. Mind your own damn business.

    LOL!
    Love it.

  9. Since he asks: judging what others write is half the point of being here, and I mind what front page posts look like since I care about the blog.

  10. The War on Drugs is based an a complete misunderstanding of human nature.

    It must be entirely rethought.

  11. judging what others write is half the point of being here, and I mind what front page posts look like since I care about the blog.

    Which is commendable and your contributions have been noted and complimented before now.
    The point surely is the gist of what is said,and whilst we might all wish that the Troll didn’t mangle the English language, he makes his point. Mr Cunningham (aka Mr Cummings) always writes well and thoughtfully.

  12. // usage available to we who use, and are conversant with, the English language//

    Available to US, actually. 🙂

  13. I don’t speak english, I speak American

  14. I don’t speak english, I speak American

    So okay,
    You speak mangled American…..

  15. I note in this morning’s BBC news that the Met are to set up a TEAM to investigate Nigella Lawson’s use of cocaine. Clearly there are too many plod with nothing to do.

    English Pensioner, well said. The nanny-stater prohibitionists are in full cry against Nigella and it’s not a pretty sight.