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February 11, 2020

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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Ah...homelessness! it rears its ugly head during every Republican administration, then scurries off to the back closet when Democrats hold the White House. But two or three generations of idiots in power in California have created the perfect storm of drug addicts and drunks and bums on their streets, and they can't ignore it any longer.

But in fine liberal fashion, the cure may be worse than the disease.

California's Prop 47 Regarding Mental Health and the Homeless is Akin to 'Murder'

“It’s not just solving the mental and addiction problem for the homeless — the homeless problem is a mental health and addiction problem,” Dr. Drew said. “If you don’t have leverage, some consequence for using… they will use until they die – and that is murder.”
He has a five point plan, and while the first two are excellent, the next two of three require...you guessed it...your money! But at least he understands that society has the right to govern the public behavior of its citizens when that behavior is destructive to others.

Here's the thing; drugs are bad for a significant chunk of society. Yes, everyone, especially the libertarian stoners, can trot out lots of dramatic blather about how benign and wonderful their favorite drugs are, but just take a look at the streets of every major city in California (and coming soon to other Blue-state hellholes), and you will see what happens when we allow drugs to be mainstreamed.

If the libertarian stance were anything other than their desire to get high and eat Cheetos I would take it more seriously. But I have yet to hear one of them say, "Yes, make all drugs legal, but don't pay for the repercussions." That would be logically consistent, but since they all seem to be stoned I am not hopeful.

The first and most obvious step is to return to the rule of law. Rudy Giuliani did exactly that in the 1990s in NYC, and he was fabulously successful. But that meant that shoplifting and shaking down drivers with squeegees and hopping subway turnstiles and a host of petty crimes got prosecuted vigorously.

What a concept! Enforce the law, and good things come of it.

And the converse is being demonstrated as we speak on those very same streets of NYC. De Blasio has carefully destroyed what Giuliani wrought, and the results are in...crime is up, surprising nobody except the true believers.

Short of creating a nation-wide system of drug rehabilitation centers, funded by the federal government, and federal law that will allow involuntary commitment, which will guarantee another vast, expensive, dysfunctional federal bureaucracy that fails to deliver on its goals, what else can be done besides simply enforcing the law?


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