Andrew Bolt is right on drugs

by on 13 May, 2013

TerpstraIn a follow-up to News Ltd columnist Andrew Bolt's recent article about drugs, Ben-Peter Terpstra presents his three-point plan to combat drug abuse. Many, if not most Australians will agree with both journalists, but not our authorities, it seems.

I don’t always agree with Andrew Bolt. But, when it comes to drugs, well, he does make a strong case for a get-tough approach. Or as the Herald Sun columnist clearly articulates, “The ‘war on drugs’ can’t be said to be lost just because some people still take them. It’s like saying laws against murder have failed because some people still kill.” 

I mean, what’s next? “Rape is a part of life, so legalise it”? 

Following the drugs-first libertarian argument, we’d end up with anarchy, including LSD for primary-school students.

Keep in mind too that celebrity twits openly talk about their personal drug use in Australia, meaning that our drug laws aren’t scary enough. 

So, here’s my novel plan:

First, enforce the laws we already have on the books. 

Second, introduce tougher sentences and enforce them, Singapore-style. 

Third, prepare to witness a big drop in crime. 

Of course, a real war on drugs has never been launched in my lifetime because our look-at-my-compassion elites feel it’s their duty to mother drug users, as opposed to their long-suffering victims. 

Notably, Bolt advances the argument that our self-styled experts on drugs aren’t being frank either: “When Hong Kong legalised opium, almost one-third of the Chinese on the colony were said to be users. When America gave up the much-rorted Prohibition, drinking rose, as did deaths by boozing, says the US National Bureau of Economic Research. Let the drug legalisers be frank. If we legalise drugs, more people are likely to use them.”

Moreover, it’s illogical to portray drug use as just a private liberty matter when so many drug users are sucking the life out of our social security. They, in my experience, often smell too.

And that’s the problem isn’t it? After all, many smelly drug-addicts are government-dependent citizens, with no real prospects because they have fried their brains.  

Perhaps, some junkies didn’t plan for this, but results speak louder than intentions. Indeed, when taxpayers are forced to pay for overcrowded public hospitals, it’s time to get tough. 

Remember: families have a right to safe roads, small businesses have a right to operate in safe streets and you have a right to be as safe as a Singaporean. 

Coming from a Dutch background, I suspect Bolt understands that appeasement has irreparably damaged Europe. I’ve witnessed it firsthand. Bolt isn’t anti-liberty. He’s just against drugs-first libertarianism.

Ben-Peter Terpstra contributes to many publications including MH and Quadrant.

His blog: B.P. Terpstra.


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