Tuesday, February 14, 2006

when it comes to “drugs”...

…can’t we move past the simplistic, black-and-white pap being doled out by our beloved Prime Minister Howard following the death-penalty verdicts handed down to two of the Bali nine? It’s so tiresome, listening to somebody like Howard – whose views on morality are given disproportionate weight, thanks (for better or worse; I would argue the latter in the case of most things Howard has to say) to our political system – coming out with this “drugs are bad” crap. Surely (SURELY???) the Australian public can cope with something a little more nuanced…? Which drugs are bad? In what circumstances? For whom? Let’s see – booze is OK because it’s legal; marijuana is bad because it’s not. Prescription drugs are OK because they’re legal, but only if a doctor says so. Nicotine is bad, but we let that one go because, well, we’re never going to stamp it out and, after all, the tobacco companies are pretty powerful and do give us lots of taxes. But that argument won’t work with any of the illegal recreational drugs, because they’re evil. And so on. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that there’s a bit more to it all than “drugs are bad"; this is hardly revolutionary thinking. You’d think that considering a few shades of grey wouldn’t be the most radical thing we could ever do.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here, here!

It helps if you zone out and just concentrate on his eyebrows...


1:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you on crack? He was talking about drug trafficking, numbnuts.

What, did you want him to stumble out of a Kombi van in a cloud of reefer smoke, Sean Penn in 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' style, saying 'woah dudes, while the Bali Nine are smugglers, let me take this opportunity to tell you all that TAKING drugs is like, you know, a real grey area man!'

Keep swilling in your chardonnay latte, you inner-city Howard Hater.

J K DeNunzio

PS its 'hear hear' Bunkie.

3:24 pm  
Blogger secret wombat said...

DeNunzio, you are an angry young man and should listen to the stone roses.

Actually, the post was a kneejerk after I read the (misleading) article title "PM begs young people not to do drugs". I realised afterwards it was a bit out of context but I kept it there because I stand by the sentiment. And I still think it's crap for JH to make comments in a simplistic "these otehr countries hate drugs" vein. It sems to me it perpetuates the imbecilic debate that goes on from one side of politics in Oz. Why say that at all - if you're going to say anything, why not simply say something about drug trafficking being stupid (regardless of potential penalties)? Drug trafficking and using are completely different things and one should be careful not to throw them in the same basket.

And anyway, it was a good excuse for me to spit out some shit wot I fink...

Nice tie,

3:50 pm  
Blogger secret wombat said...

PS - Denunzio - I live in a rural town in a devloping country; YOU live in inner city Australia...

So there!

3:56 pm  
Blogger secret wombat said...

PPS - where I said "perpetuates the imbecilic debate that goes on from one side of politics in Oz", I should have said "one - and often more than one - side of politics". The ALP offer their own fair share of crap.

4:05 pm  

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