How Are “The Green Police” Different From The War On Drugs?

The only commercial I remember from the Super Bowl is the Audi one in which various levels of law enforcement – the Green Police – arrest people for things like choosing plastic bags at the grocery store or using incandescent light bulbs. The SWAT tactics, roadblocks, military equipment and haughtiness are all straight from the war on drugs. I suppose we’re supposed to laugh at the idea of those resources being used on something as trivial as failing to recycle a battery. But all I could think is that if anything is ridiculous, it’s the use of those resources to keep people from getting high. I really can’t think of any reason that would make the war on drugs any more sensible than the war depicted in the commercial. They’re equally disproportionate responses to problems.

Most people, I bet, really don’t think about it, simply accepting that drugs are bad and therefore any amount of force is justified in attempts to eliminate them. That’s bad reasoning, though, as the Audi commercial illustrates. Failing to recycle is bad, but that doesn’t mean we should send SWAT teams into the homes of those who fail to recycle. Ditto getting high. The harms of the “crime” don’t justify the drastic response.

Anyway, here’s the commercial:

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4 Comments on “How Are “The Green Police” Different From The War On Drugs?”

  1. Bill Harris Says:

    One need not travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to the ongoing open season on hippies, commies, and darkies in the war on drugs. Cops get good performance reviews for shooting fish in a barrel. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance global credibility.

    The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. Behold, it’s all good. When Eve ate the apple, she knew a good apple, and an evil prohibition. Canadian Marc Emery is being extradited to prison for selling seeds that American farmers use to reduce U. S. demand for Mexican pot.

    The CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) reincarnates Al Capone, endangers homeland security, and throws good money after bad. Fiscal policy burns tax dollars to root out the number-one cash crop in the land, instead of taxing sales. Society rejected the plague of prohibition, but it mutated. Apparently, SWAT teams don’t need no stinking amendment.

    Nixon passed the CSA on the false assurance that the Schafer Commission would later justify criminalizing his enemies, but he underestimated Schafer’s integrity. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA shut down research, and pronounced that marijuana has no medical use. Former U.K. chief drugs advisor Prof. Nutt was sacked for revealing that non-smoked cannabis intake is scientifically healthy.

    The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. Americans shouldn’t need a specific church membership or an act of Congress to obtain their birthright freedom of religion. God’s children’s free exercise of religious liberty may include entheogen sacraments to mediate communion with their maker.

    Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

    Common-law holds that adults are the legal owners of their own bodies. The Founding Fathers undersigned that the right to the pursuit of happiness is inalienable. Socrates said to know your self. Mortal lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration. Liberty is prerequisite for tracking drug-use intentions and outcomes.

  2. Suzy-Q Says:

    I was sitting there watching this commercial wondering if anyone was as frightened about it as I was. Sadly, I believe I was alone in that.

  3. Texas Redhead Loser Says:

    You weren’t alone, Suzy-Q. It scared the crap out of me. There are already laws that mandate recycling in a lot of places. I couldn’t help but wonder if this commercial is where we’re headed. I didn’t find it funny.

  4. KC Says:

    I didn’t laugh….I hate the new lightbulbs !


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