The current border crisis caused by the increased influx of children and families is explained very well by Vox.com.
The young boy’s face in this photo says it all.
Most of these children are from Central America. Honestly, hons, when you think about it, the problem is not really the flood of children coming over the border. That’s a symptom. The problem is the reason they are fleeing the comfort of their homes and parents loving arms. They are escaping the likelihood of being kidnapped and forced into drug cartels and then raped, beaten and murdered if they don’t comply.
Here’s a family photo that Central American parents are trying to avoid:
Not a good profile picture for the Facebook page.
The problem comes down to things like this:
that keep earning lots and lots of this:
And earning it illegally. This benefits the sellers because all they have to pay is their overhead. And considering that their labor force consists greatly of kidnapped children who don’t need to be paid, then it’s a high return business enterprise.
The worst down side is for the kids. And now, apparently for us, having to deal with all these wily coyotes invading our shores looking for safety and shelter. Because they don’t have it at home, and their parents don’t have the resources to protect them.
The solution is very simple, in my opinion, if we can just look back on history. Before Prohibition (which as you may recall was a dismal failure that created an enormous cottage industry of gangster crime), drugs were legal. They were used in OTC medications, soda and all kinds of useful items sold by the door to door snake oil salesmen. Just like alcohol. They were legal until Prohibition was repealed.
From the mid 1930’s on, the government bounced the legality issue of these substances from the FDA to Treasury to Justice until they finally threw their hands up and said “let’s give cousin Fred a job!!!” and created the DEA. Every new substance entering the market that altered human consciousness, except alcohol, sex toys and super sized fast food, became illegal and fell under their purview.
Hons, let’s steal back the horse, so to speak, and put it back in our own barn, where we can tax it and regulate it.
People are not going to stop taking drugs. It doesn’t matter how many you arrest, charge and throw in the clinker. People are not going to stop. If it was possible to curtail impulse control in people, we’d have no problems at all in our society, and there would be far fewer video game companies and internet porn.
The minute we legalize the drugs again, here is what could happen –
~Drug cartels go out of business
~Central America returns to its full and upright position
~No one wants to leave their families any more, because they can turn their attention to having a life at home with loved ones.
~America instantly collects boatloads of new tax money for politicians to skim
~America creates a new business model of jobs for the regulation and distribution of controlled substances
~There is no more need for meth labs, so Aunt Fern’s kitchen can go back to baking pies
~The US crime syndicates are shrunk to more efficient sizes and can focus on learning new job skills
~Courts across the land have cleared dockets for dealing with violent crimes and putting bankers in jail
~Prisons become less crowded
Well those should be enough reasons right there. Of course there is concern about the impact on society in terms of increased addiction. That concern kept Prohibition going longer than was good for us. We still have alcoholism. But it’s more an issue for the alcoholic now than the rest of society. And the majority of us are not alcoholics. At last publicly.
That’s my soap box issue for today, hons.
Let’s fix the problem at its source, and benefit at the same time.
Just a thought.