Bringing LIBERTY to
Capitol Hill -- 2008
Saturday Morning, March 1, 2008, 10:30am
A Discussion of The President's Saturday Morning
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Notes and Summary of the President's Address --
"The War on Drugs"
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Today, my Administration is releasing
our 2008 National Drug Control Strategy. This report lays out the
methods we are using to combat drug abuse in America. And it
highlights the hopeful progress we're making in the fight against
How the President Differs from the American vision of
"Liberty Under God":
- The President forgets the doctrine of "Enumerated
Powers": that the only powers possessed by the federal
government are those enumerated in the Constitution. "We the
People" did not delegate powers to conduct a "war on
drugs" to the federal government.
- Imagine: federal agents raiding the Virginia home of
Thomas Jefferson, who
grew a now-illegal
substance called "hemp."
This is not what the Framers of the
- Compare: the war on alcohol: "prohibition"
- required a Constitutional
- No such amendment was made to conduct a war on drugs
- If such an amendment had been made, it should be
repealed, just like the 18th Amendment was repealed, and
for the same reasons.
- The President forgets that we must first be a nation "Under
- His last paragraph hints at the
- The idea would be much more powerful if the government
publicly abandoned the "war on drugs" -- it would
elevate intoxication from a mere "crime" (malum
prohibitum) to a "sin" (malum in se). It
would say that intoxication is not just a sin against the
government, but a sin
- "Dozer makes it. It's good for two things,
degreasing engines and killing brain cells." (The
Saturday Morning Radio Address
"Liberty Under God"
|THE PRESIDENT: Good
morning. Today, my Administration is releasing our 2008 National
Drug Control Strategy. This report lays out the methods we are
using to combat drug abuse in America. And it highlights the
hopeful progress we're making in the fight against addiction.
||Bush violates his oath of office
by doing this. He is not following the Constitution, nor the best
insights of America's Founding Fathers.
| When I took
office in 2001, our country was facing a troubling rate of drug
abuse, particularly among young people. Throughout America, young
men and women saw their dreams disrupted by the destructive cycle
of addiction. So I committed our Nation to an ambitious goal: In
2002, we began efforts to cut drug use among young people by 25
percent over five years.
||The Constitution does not give
the federal government responsibility over drug abuse. The federal
government is not the best institution in our society to cure drug
addiction. Not all drug use is abuse.
All Drugs Were Legal....There Wasn't a Drugs Problem
| Our strategy
has three key elements. First, we are working to disrupt the
supply of drugs by strengthening law enforcement and partnering
with other countries to keep drugs out of the United States.
Second, we're working to reduce the demand for drugs through
prevention and education programs. And third, we're providing
treatment options for those who've fallen prey to addiction.
||Addicts are afraid to seek
help openly for fear of being sent to prison for 20 years.
Government is the biggest obstacle to treatment. Treatment options
are usually reserved
for the children of politicians.
| These efforts
have produced measurable results. Since 2001, the rate of youth
drug abuse has dropped by 24 percent. Young people's use of
marijuana is down by 25 percent. Their use of Ecstasy has dropped
by more than 50 percent. And their use of methamphetamine has
declined by 64 percent. Overall, an estimated 860,000 fewer young
people in America are using drugs today than when we began these
||Abortion is also down. Many
crimes are down. Correlating these trends with government action,
rather than broader cultural and social changes would be nearly
| Our drug
control strategy will continue all three elements of this
successful approach. It will also target a growing problem -- the
abuse of prescription drugs by youth. Unfortunately, many young
Americans do not understand how dangerous abusing medication can
be. And in recent years, the number of Americans who have died
from prescription drug overdoses has increased.
||The Government-operated education
monopoly prohibits the teaching of ideas that kept America from
becoming "pot-head" and "dopers" in past
generations. School children who are taught that human beings are
no different than cockroaches are more likely to escape the
frustrations of life with drugs than are those who are confident
and self-assured, knowing that our rights are the product of
loving and intelligent design, and that there is great hope for
the future. These are the "self-evident truths" of the
Declaration of Independence.
| One of the
factors behind this trend is the growing availability of highly
addictive prescription drugs online. The
Internet has brought about tremendous benefits for those who
cannot easily get to a pharmacy in person. However, it has
also created an opportunity for unscrupulous doctors and
pharmacists to profit from addiction.
||Government licensing of
doctors short-circuits the more effective monitoring systems of
the Free Market. Licensing
protects unscrupulous doctors from competition.
| One victim of
such a doctor was Ryan Haight. The young man from California was
only 18 when he overdosed on pain killers that were illegally
prescribed over the Internet. With only a few clicks of the mouse,
Ryan was able to get a prescription from a doctor he had never met
and have the pills sent to his front door. The doctor who wrote
Ryan's prescription had previously served time in prison for
illegally dispensing controlled substances.
||This is a problem of the
government's creation. Government requires prescriptions, and
determines who can write them. Ryan lacked parental oversight
because both of his parents had to work in order to pay the
government's taxes to fund the "war on drugs."
| We need to
prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future. So I'm
asking Congress to work with my Administration to put an end to
the illegal sale of highly addictive prescription drugs on the
Internet. By working together to meet this goal, we can ensure a
safer future for our children.
||Less government will bring a
better future for our children. Children were safer a century ago
when government was smaller and there was no "war on
action is only one part of the solution to
the problem of drug abuse. Others in our society have an important
role to play as well. People in the entertainment and sports
industries serve as role models to millions of young Americans,
and that comes with the responsibility to dispel the notion that
drug abuse is glamorous and free of consequences. Teachers,
pastors, and parents also have an obligation to help young people
develop the character and self-respect to resist drugs. The
Federal Government will continue to do its part to keep our young
people safe, and I urge all Americans to do the same. Our children
deserve nothing less.
||Government is not a part of the
solution. It should not be involved in this area. The role of
parents, teachers, and pastors is the definition solution, as
America's Founding Fathers would agree. They strongly believed
and morality are necessary for good government and the happiness
of mankind" The federal government makes it illegal for
teaches to do the very thing the Framers of the Constitution
prescribed to give children "character
| Thank you for
White House Denials:
National Drug Control Policy (PDF, 6.73MB, 79 pages)
Kevin Craig's platform:
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John Adams once wrote that the American
Revolution began in 1761, when Massachusetts attorney James Otis
began legal challenges to the Writs of Assistance. He lost the case, but
"American independence," Adams wrote, "was
then and there born." Now do the math. That means it took 15
years to convince the rest of America to declare Independence (1776).
Then another seven years of war was required before a Peace Treaty was
signed (1783), and then six years before the Constitution was finally
ratified (1789). That's almost 30 years. (And Jefferson said we
shouldn't go 20
years without another rebellion!) How can we hope to convince
Americans to fight for principles they were never taught in government
schools? We need to be in this battle for the long term. "Eternal
Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
The Democrat Party Radio Address:
This week, Indiana Congressman Joe Donnelly delivered the
Democratic Radio Address, describing efforts to achieve "energy
independence and energy security."
Democrats want government to take your money and "invest"
it in trendy but unprofitable energy alternatives, like wind, solar,
ethanol, etc. If these were genuinely profitable energy sources
("profitable" means efficient, not wasteful), the Free Market
would move into these energy sources.
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