We oftentimes hear politicians talking about how they’re going to clean up our communities, get rid of the drugs, and that we all need to be tough on drug offenders. This leads them to put incredibly harsh punishments on all drug offenses, even if there is no victim. If you’re someone who feels this way, take a cold hard look at the video below. You need to realize what you’re doing to people.
Here’s a man that used to own a construction business, even employing four other people. He was a family man and everything someone’s supposed to be. At some point it seems he got caught with some drugs (he doesn’t say what exactly), and he’s locked up for nearly a decade. He finally gets out of prison and finds he has nothing. Nobody will hire him or even rent him an apartment because he’s a convicted felon, and feeling completely shunned from society, he basically came to the conclusion “fuck society”. He travels around with his guitar, playing in front of gas stations for a little money here and there and lives out of a tent.
For all the “tough on crime” types, is this what you want to do to people? I can understand someone not wanting drugs in their community, but this is way beyond what any reasonable conception of justice demands.