- After the first five interviews with my brother Police
Officer and Detective Howard Wooldridge of Lansing, Michigan (retired)
concerning the "War on Drugs", more and more Americans understand
the underpinnings of how the U.S. government protracts a national taxpayer
- Would anyone in their rational mind support spending
$70 billion annually for 35 years with zero results? Mark Twain lamented,
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.
But I repeat myself!"
- A boat-load of responses caused me to interview Howard
Wooldridge further. Many Americans bring heated emotion to this national
tragedy. My brother brings reason coupled with logic! However,
many don't want to accept or deal with reality. Several readers condemned
Howard for his stance. However, they lack any solutions. Guess what buckaroos,
my brother takes action where others complain. He educates U.S. Congressional
representatives as you read this interview.
- The question arises! Who supports the drug war? Officer
Wooldridge said, "Osama Bin Laden, President George Bush, The Ochoa
Brothers, John Walters (USA's Drug Czar), Congressman Mark Souder, Mexican
Drug Cartels, DEA, FARC, National Association of Narcotics Officers, Canadian
Cannabis Growers Association, Pharmaceutical Industry, Al Qaeda, Private
Prison Association, Meth Makers of Mexico Association, MS-13 drug gang,
California Narcotic Officers' Association, Crips & Bloods, Deputy Chief
Thomas Gorman of California, Pablo Escobars' Amigos, Congressman Duncan
Hunter, Columbian Coca Growers Association, Senator John McCain, et al,
Fundamentalist Christian Association, the Washington Post and the New York
- See a pattern here? Ever wonder why it's so difficult
to make even small changes in our prohibition policy "AKA War on People?"
The 10 major organizations trying to end the New Prohibition enjoy a $25
million budget. The drug companies, which fear the medicinal aspects of
marijuana, put that much in the freezers of politicians to stifle competition.
Does Al Qaeda contribute to the Republican Party? If opposition to the
Drug War continues to grow, Al Qaeda would be advised to funnel cash to
prohibition politicians. Prohibition puts $3 billion in bin Laden's hands
every year. Hiding $100,000 in bribe money in his freezer, as the
Congressman William Jefferson from Louisiana did, proves chump-change compared
to losing billions. Congressman Duke Cunningham's $2.4 million in contractor
bribes prove insignificant to the ramifications of the Drug War. Nonetheless,
you see the kind of greed that propels our congressional representatives.
Again, all those who support the Drug Enforcement Agency, do it so it
will continue to exist, but not because it yields any results.
- "The California Narcotic Officers Association fears
the loss of their paychecks, knowing that the sensible People of California
would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana the day after the feds end the
National Prohibition," Howard Wooldridge said. "Even if they
did not lose their paychecks, they would be reassigned to go after drunk
drivers, child predators and other public safety threats. That type of
work is boring compared to kicking in a few doors a week, waving their
guns around and arresting people. Heaven forbid they would have to take
a stolen bicycle report!
- "MS-13 gang makes billions selling illegal drugs
in the USA. They would not be happy to see the end of Prohibition. They
would have to go back to landscape jobs! President Bush supports
the Drug War to keep his Pharma Industry lobbyists happy. He views the
weekly deaths of young teens that die selling these drugs on the sidewalk
as 'God's Will.' So no problem there! Mexican drug cartels enjoy the
finest tequila and tacos in Mexico on the money they are making. As a
bonus, their narco-dollars buy them influence at the Presidential Palace
in Mexico City. The private prisons in the USA lobby for more mandatory
drug sentences in order to keep their cash flow coming. The Meth Makers
of Mexico make billions exporting their product into the US and Canada."
- Congressman Mark Souder supports the Drug War because
he uses it to get re-elected. "I am getting tough on drugs!"
he said. Souder has convinced the voters in Indiana that the 2nd trillion
dollars spent on this policy will result in drugs being slightly less available
to their kids. Ditto Congressman Duncan Hunter who has convinced his California
constituents of the same thing. Our Drug Czar John Walters simply likes
his government job with all the perks of flying around the world saying
how much progress he made in 2007. He reminds Officer Wooldridge of General
Westmoreland during the Vietnam War and body counts.
- "The growers of BC Bud are making billions exporting
to the US the most potent pot on the continent," Officer Wooldridge
said. "That industry now employs more people in British Colombia
than mining or forestry. The Crips and Bloods make billions as a vertical
monopoly buying in bulk and employing their members for the retail sales.
Experts say that the economy of several large cities would collapse without
the cash that the dealers generate for their home neighborhoods. FARC
(guerrillas of Colombia) have been making billions protecting the Coca
Growers of Colombia Association. FARC uses their profits to wage war on
the Bogotá government.
- "Fundamentalist Christians are adamant that God
believes the Drug War is just and righteous and that Jesus would also support
it. Right! Jesus would put a cocaine user in the hell-hole of a Texas
prison for two years. NOT! 'But it is immoral to use these drugs' they
say with indignation. When confronted with the fact that young teens die
every week because the policy employs a million teens, they usually blame
the parents for the deaths, not their support for the policy. Native Americans
have used mind-altering substances for centuries. Is the Christian religion
superior to their beliefs to the point that Indians should go to jail?
- The Washington Post, the New York Times, Newsweek, Time
and US News & World Report all support prohibition. Could it be they
do not want to upset the drug makers who take out 3-4 full page ads for
their drugs? Money talks!
- "As you can see, the supporters of Prohibition Two
are numerous and well-funded," Officer Wooldridge said. "Nonetheless,
I will use my one-eyed horse Misty and my Stetson to promote the end of
the most dysfunctional, immoral policy since slavery until it is in the
history books, or I draw my last breath."
- Today, my brother Howard Wooldridge heads up a task force
in Washington, DC to educate and enlighten congressmen at the highest levels.
He works for a better future for all Americans. He can be reached at:
Education Specialist, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, <http://www.leap.cc/>www.leap.cc
, Washington, DC. He speaks at colleges, political clubs, Rotary, Kiwanis
and Lions Clubs across America. LEAP speakers in 36 states address
this issue to citizens around the country to bring an end to the Drug War.
Check out the web site and join. Book a speaker in your state! Wooldridge
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- The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multitude of unintended
harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen
the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ultimately ending
- "Envision a world where crime is cut in half, terrorists
don't make money selling drugs and kids are not employed in the drug trade,"
Wooldridge said. "Envision a world where the police focus on DUI,
child predators and terrorists. Imagine a world where if you have a drug
problem, you see a doctor not a judge. All are possible, when we find
the courage to end our Prohibition."
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- Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents
from the Arctic to the South Pole as well as six times across
the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from
the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming
Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic
clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring
about sensible world population balance at his website <http://www.frostywooldridge.com/>
- Listen to Frosty Wooldridge on Tuesdays and Thursdays
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