That title reads like it’s from one of the pathetic doctoral theses that students are forced to write, and that no one will ever read, doesn’t it?
No, I’m talking about gambling, or “gaming” as a business.
Gambling, it was said, should be outlawed because of the horrific problems that can result from it. Some people, lured by the prospect of easy money, cannot control themselves, and so on. And so gambling was outlawed. To save us from ourselves. It’s based on the thoroughly Marxist tenet that says; if we’re allowed to make our own decisions, we’ll surely mess up everything. Because we suck.
Oh, but wait; there can be a lot of money to be made in gambling, so we should have a state lottery! Cool! Think of all the sweet, sweet money!
Now, all of sudden, and just because the government owns it, gambling is WONDERFUL! Why, look at all the things it funds! Think of The Children!
The Washington State Lottery has been running radio ads telling us of all the beautiful, wonderful, loving things that the lottery does for all of us and our community. They quote the happy winners and urge us to gamble like there’s no tomorrow, imploring us to ask ourselves with the catchy phrase; “Who’s world could YOU change?”
See, you cops and you in the justice system and you legislators; this is how the remaining shreds of respect for the law, and law enforcement, are being eroded.
It’s the worst, most destructive thing in the world when WE deoit, but it’s the very definition of beauty and all things holy when YOU do it.
I have a friendly tip for you in this regard– FUCK YOU! You’re not helping to stabilize your communities with this sort of crap. You’re helping to de-stabilize your communities with the enforcement of laws that punish people who HAVEN’T violated anyone’s rights.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why, if we’re going to de-criminalize drugs, we must keep the drug trade as far out of the hands of government as possible. This is the sort of crap that led to the creation of the BATFE following the horrors of Prohibition, if you know your history.
If we follow that horrid model, let’s see; “We gave some of the gambling to Indian tribes, so maybe we can give the pot trade to…hmmm…maybe the Hispanic Americans? Maybe the poor white trailer trash? Or should they be given the meth trade? Oh what the hell, lets have the government play the role that used to be played by the syndicated crime gangs that the government created with substance laws in the first place. Sure—they own it already, by rights. Fine, now what about prostitution?”
I’ve been asking the question for years; haven’t we learned a single thing from the Prohibition era? Now I’m wondering. Maybe we did learn something from Prohibition. Maybe we learned that there’s a ton of money and power to be gained from making certain things illegal, causing a bunch of crime and chaos, ratcheting up the law enforcement and reaching for more “tools” for said enforcement, then when it’s so far out of control that the people are saying they’ve had enough and they’re demanding “something” be done, government takes it over where the gangs left off. State pot dispensaries, AND we still have all the 4th amendment incursions we had during the drug “war” AND we still have the DEA. “Top down, bottom up, inside out” (that model fits perfectly here, so if you haven’t heard of it, you had better start googling it. We’re being set up). And you people think it’s a freaking great idea. Suckers. Fools. Dupes. You think you’re for freedom, and you’ll be begging for this shit, as an improvement. Just as it was planned. The BATFEM, here we come. You’ll call for it, thinking yourself clever, but you’re just someone else’s Stradivari.
On the other hand, we could have a free society, like we were promised after the Revolution. Now which would you rather? A free society, or a government-run, hypocritical shit hole with different rules for different groups of people and still different rules for government-run businesses? We fought a revolution over much less than this, and defeated the most powerful military in the world in the process. Americans tend to think freedom is worth fighting for. It’s in our blood.