Here’s an answer to a question everyone is asking: Why hasn’t the federal government intervened in rioting in America’s blue cities?
The short answer has always been a lack of federal jurisdiction…with the exception of attacks on federal property.
Well, what about drugs? Prohibited drugs? Don’t feds have jurisdiction there? But not just prescription drugs but drugs such as “Meth” (methamphetamines) for which there is no medical use, hence, no legal way to medically prescribe them.
What would it take for the ruling federal agency, whether HHS or its sub-agencies, or DOJ, or even the Office of the President, to simply notify each governor or city mayor than every person arrested for riot-like behavior associated with any cause, regardless of the city/state policy about catch-and-release, with or without bail, shall be tested for the presence of drugs in their system, and not released until the results of that test is known, or, alternately, turned over to federal authorities for further (criminal) processing?
I know that’s a long question, but it’s not really very complicated.
I’ve often mentioned the involvement of drugs in the behavior of the “children” involved in these protests which always, like clockwork, evolve into riots just about curfew time. I mentioned incidental drug use aided and abetted by indulgent parents from an earlier permissive and generation (the 60s), my focus on the permissiveness and not the drugs themselves, about which I had almost no knowledge in college. They were rich kids sport, and all I could afford was beer. But I do recall hitching a ride to Florida over spring vacation with a fellow who’d just finished midterms saying he’d gotten a couple of his girl friend’s birth control pills which would get him all that 1000 miles south without having to pull over. We got to Daytona by breakfast, where my sister picked me up.
Later, I was an Army criminal trial lawyer during the last four years of the Vietnam War, and was stationed in the Far East, where fine hashish, Buddha weed from Thailand, was flown in on Air Force cargo planes out of Utapao. Speed was a “thing” in those days.
What I didn’t know until the last few years was that Meth, brand name Benzedrine, was distributed to American forces as early as the North Africa campaign in 1942, advised by the Brits who’d used use it during the Blitz after learning the Wehrmacht used it (under the name of Pervitin) at Dunkirk. Knowing what it could do, once the war was over, it was strictly controlled.
In the US meth use exploded in the 1990s, and by 2004 use had risen from 2% to 4% and in 2006 the United Nations had labeled meth the most abused hard drug on Earth.
In low to moderate doses methamphetamine can elevate mood, increase alertness, concentration and energy in fatigued individuals, reduce appetite, and promote weight loss. At very high doses, though, it can precipitate unpredictable and rapid mood swings, stimulant psychosis (e.g., paranoia, hallucinations, delirium and delusions) and violent behavior. Recreationally, methamphetamine’s ability to increase energy has been reported to lift mood and increase sexual desire to such an extent that users are able to engage in sexual activity continuously for several days.
Only, has anyone detected any sexual desire in the 100’s of 20-second rants the Karen’s of America have treated us after seeing an American flag or MAGA hat on the street?
I did see what might be called “intense sexual desire” (I guess you could call it that) when those young guys and gals launched themselves through the shattered glass windows to clean out the lingerie and sneaker shelves in the city’s most fancy downtown department store.
Those confrontations are not unlike that collision between German and Russian troops at Kursk, where thousands were still buried together in mass graves when I visited there in 1992.
I doubt we can do much about the manufacture and use of meth at the street level. Cartels. It is very popular among certain classes, and nowadays even politically profitable, as we’re seeing. Just activating the troops’ triggers..
But on the voluntary consumption side (someone is paying big bucks to keep those kids in the streets stoked) we can do a lot, simply by building special internment facilities for users who are foolish enough to hit the streets, or even Twitter and TikTok, with behavioral rants that may alert to federal agents to give them a test. Legally it’s no different that a police officer pulling a weaving drunk aside for a street-side sobriety test, then taking him in when he fails a simple sobriety test.
Only its federal. And city governments can be ordered to comply.
W should no problem building special facilities just for their care and keeping for as long as it takes, with the understanding that we will tear all those camps down once the threat has been removed….just like we did many, many military camps in the US once that war was over.
In July I wrote about this behavior problem, only with a GITMO-like re-education plan in mind. But the presence of meth-type drugs seems so obvious I can see some very quick deterrent value in simply locking these kids up for a few days of testing, then a short sentence (weeks-months, with stiffer penalties for recidivists) with the understanding they won’t want to come back. Federalizing this simply removes the pull the wealthy class has downtown.
I can see good things happening quickly.