Sunday, March 12, 2006
Get a Cold, Go to Prison
An article by John Berlau here informs of Legislative mission creep in the "Patriot Act," seems to indicate a melding of the falsely-named "War of Terror" with the equally nefarious, and equally falsely named "War on Drugs." Many of us know, but few of us care, and even fewer of us know what to do with the information that non-prescription cold medications contain chemicals that can be used to make crystal meth.
At government prompting, we've been hearing for many months from the mainstream news and conservative punditry, in one of a very few instances in which they agree, stories about the evils of crystal meth. Stories of wrecked lives, mayhem and losing weight.
Thus, we are prepared for yet another assault on our rights: the right to purchase relief from the symptoms of the common cold. Rumor has it that airline passengers will now be strip searched for Sudafed.
The Berlau article warns of pending legislation, but this article tells us that, once again, the future is now, and that George Orwell only had the year wrong. The fascist-inspired US Congress has smuggled anti-drug legislation into the evil Patriot Act. Not only will we have to buy cold medication the same way we used to have to buy condoms, but we'll have to sign for it. Our name then goes into the "Potential Crystal Meth Manufacturers Data Base."
Dear friends, I find that not particularly comforting.
They've killed Freedom! Those bastards!