Re the Reagan Administration's "war on drugs:"
There is a tapeworm in the belly of America. It is a wretched gnawing beast that threatens to consume our spirit, character and freedom. Oddly, the tapeworm is not drugs. The voracious beast consists of the harmful effects of the very laws designed to control drugs.
Sadly, the effect has been the reverse of what was intended. In the effort to control drugs, whether it be through foreign policies, an overblown network of police, or through overcrowded "crime schools," we are turning our country into an armed camp.
Through misguided drug laws, we cause the quality of street drugs to fluctuate wildly, which is the cause of most drug-related overdose deaths. We have created and perpetuated many billions of dollars in crime. We encourage countless drug-related acts of violence.