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Drug Abuse Contagion in America #I

April 29, 2022

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The following is a reblog from 2016, with some up-dated information from 2022.

Drug Abuse Contagion in America #I

The word contagion in this title best describes the spread of something within a population. It could be changes in health or genetic make-up (biological); it could be  cognitive, emotional, or behavioral changes in individuals (psychological); or  changes in the quality of social interactions among individuals,  groups of people, agencies or organizations (social/psychological).

It is also important to understand that drug abuse contagion can negatively impact (contage) other individuals who have contact with the drug user (physical or psychological abuse, neglect, job loss, multiple addictions, etc., can lead to legal problems and divorce). All of these outcomes are bad for everyone, and especially children who are involved. Such outcomes are also very bad for America.

Many changes can be good for individuals, populations, and societies.  Some changes could increase the likelihood of health, happiness and even the very survival of individuals, populations and societies. Of course there are many changes that could reduce the probability of all of these bad outcomes, and change them to good outcomes.

Considering the realm of drug abuse contagion within our society there are a great many factors that can increase this form of bad contagion. They are too numerous to catalogue here, and some may not yet be identified.

The following are only some of the factors that stimulate bad behavioral contagion in the form of recreational drug abuse and addiction:

  • America’s technological advancements have created the availability of  an increasing number of drugs to citizens. There are many, and will be more, drugs that are both consciousness altering and addicting.
  • Political open-border polices have created a flood of illegal drugs into America.
  • Among many millions of  illegal immigrants are those who make a living illegally marketing these drugs to new populations. They are joined in this activity by criminal resident citizens in the U.S..
  • Recreational drug use has been portrayed as a “cool thing to do” in many sectors of our media.
  • America’s decrease in religious teachings and religious public social influences weakens individual’s resistance to traditionally “evil” self-and-other damaging behaviors, formally labeled as “vices”.
  • Children who grow-up in poverty are more exposed to drug trafficking and drug consumption opportunities.
  • Children who grow-up in privileged homes have a greater financial ability to purchase illegal drugs.
  • Drug using peers apply social pressure to other children, teens and youths to try illegal drugs. This is likely to occur among adults, as well.
  • Our high divorce rates and single parent families make it difficult to supervise children as closely as in times past and this provides opportunities for our youth to engage in drug-related behaviors undetected.
  • School failure and increased drop-out rates among students add to the problem of unsupervised youth.
  • A decrease in school truancy surveillance, and apprehension with our youth compounds the problems with adult supervision of children and teens.
  • Increasing rates of psychological problems such as depression and anxiety in citizens of all ages provide increased motivation to self-medicate.
  • Well-known psychological principles of modeling and imitation influences increase the odds of drug or alcohol use with children raised by parents who abuse alcohol, recreational or prescription drugs.
  • Last in my partial list, and perhaps most damaging, are the accelerating effects of the suspension of governmentally enforced laws and punishments for the recreational use of illegal drugs in an increasing number of states.

This last matter showcases a dramatic change by America’s increasingly liberal/progressive federal, state, and local government’s rules for citizen’s recreational drug consumption in America.

The recreational use of marijuana has now been legalized in seven states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Washington. . ( Note: as of 4/29/22, an additional 28 states have fully, partially, or decriminalized marijuana).

Marijuana has also been legalized for medical applications in 27 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington

I will soon deal with the medical use of marijuana in a second blog on that topic. For now, I will simply note that the increased in availability and use of any drug, with pleasurable conscious-altering effects, is likely to  lead to even more increased use, legally prescribed or not.

Among all of the reasons for the increases our population’s use of marijuana I have listed above, are the effects of all levels of America’s government starved and desperate for increased revenues.

Beginning in the 1960’s, America’s Governments have successively legalized population behaviors that were once outlawed as vices. These activities are ones that were, and still are, are commonly understood to addict, kill, or produce other behavioral, emotional, or physical  problems in large numbers of citizens who engage in them. These activities are ones that attract the involvement of criminal elements of society.

As a result, America’s increasingly progressive governments and their puppet entertainment and main-stream news media have used the language of individual rights and freedoms to propagandistically justify these culturally transforming legalization’s of formerly prohibited vices.

Disguised by this avalanche of propaganda, the driving force of this bad behavioral contagion is America’s government’s dire quest for economic survival.

America’s Gross Federal Debt is expected to stand a near 20 trillion dollars at the start of 2017. America’s governments are going bankrupt due to socialistic mismanagement. (note: as of 4/29/22 our national debt stands at 30 trillion +).

Our governments have taxed citizens to the breaking point and so they have cleverly legalized pornography, gambling and now recreational marijuana use so they can win new sources of tax revenue. I expect that prostitution will be the next target for more wide-spread legalization.

Our governments are now desperately foraging for new revenues and are focused upon further pleasuring and economically predating its citizens.

Can you perceive the faint historical echo’s from the Roman Colosseum in all of this?

Please view the following two articles about the known effects of marijuana on users. Here you will learn some of the reasons why the recreational use of marijuana was formerly made illegal.

Please note that these articles are from authoritative sources.

America is killing itself in so many ways…and the legalization of drugs is just another one of them.

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/marijuana-use-and-its-effects?page=2

V. Thomas Mawhinney Ph.D., 11/12/16

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Indiana Health Services Provider in Psychology

America Needs Term Limits III

February 25, 2010

America Needs Term Limits III

I am focusing upon term limits because I believe them to be the only available method for fighting what modern American Government has become, irrespective of the prevailing poliltical party.

The way I look at it:

Government for the Government and special interests, By the Government and special interests, and of the Government and special interests shall perish from this earth.

Yes, I imagine that Abraham Lincoln is rolling in his grave. God rest his soul.

For a brief statement of the history and the  problem under consideration, please read the quoted excerpt by William A. Holscher from Right Side News, which I have provided just below my name and the line that follows. 

Sampling that, I hope you will open his full article and read it all. The term limit issue is a critically important one that merits your time and full consideration.  

http://www.rightsidenews.com/200904234490/culture-wars/constitutional-convention-term-limits-and-right-to-referendum.html

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D., 2/24/10

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Begin Quote.

Historical Perspective

Every government has a source of its sovereignty or authority, and most of the political structures of the U.S. government apply the doctrine of popular sovereignty. In previous centuries the source of sovereignty in some countries was the monarchy and the divine right of kings to rule. Americans place the source of authority in the people who, in a democratic society, reign. In this idea the citizens collectively represent the nation’s authority. They then express that authority individually by voting to elect leaders to represent them in government. “I know no safe repository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1820, “and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.” 1

Technology, geography, time, and distance mandated the representative structure our Founding Fathers established. However, they were much attuned to potential change and future unforeseen problems. Had Thomas Jefferson lived today, and saw the power and speed of technology, communication, and exponential societal interaction, he and our Founding Fathers would be considering a few structural government modifications.

Recognizing that future eras would face different sets of issues, challenges, and priorities, the Founding Fathers created an amendment process by which the Constitution could be altered. Article V of the Constitution grants this right, stating:

The Congress, whenever two-thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid, to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress.

The founders offered two mechanisms for changing the Constitution. The first is for the proposed bill to pass both halves of the U.S. Congress (House and Senate) by a two-thirds majority in each. Once the bill has passed both houses, it then goes to the states. While the Constitution does not impose a time limit on states for which to consider the amendment, Congress frequently includes one (typically seven years).

In order to become an amendment, the bill must receive the approval of three-fourths of the states (38 states). This approval can be generated through either a state convention or a vote of the state legislature. In either case, a majority vote is necessary for passage. Often, the proposed amendment specifies the route which is necessary.
 
The second method prescribed is for a Constitutional Convention to be called by two-thirds of the state legislatures (34 states), and for that Convention to propose one or more amendments. These amendments are then sent to the states to be approved by three-fourths of the legislatures or conventions. As of April, 2009 this method has never been used.

The Problem:

  • Government “…..of the people, by the people, and for the people” (Abraham Lincoln) has been replaced by special interest, ideology and political affiliation.
  • Career Congressional representatives utilize powerful financial support, special interests and political connections to maintain power while using public funds and influence to reward these supporters.
  • The free press has joined the list of ideological special interests to circumvent the will of the people. This professional group, who use to be governmental watchdogs for the general public, has abandoned their historical integrity for greed, ideology and political power.
  • The press, TV news commentators, academia, powerful corporate interests, unions, political parties, and other special interest lobbyists have joined forces to ideologically and politically direct the future of the United States of America.
  • Government will not correct these problems that keep the status quo and their political futures secure.
  • No constitutional mechanism currently exists for the US Citizen to collectively address and modify the lack of representation issue or overturn abusive special interest legislation.
  • People feel totally alienated from the governmental process. Too many US citizens feel their votes do not count and their voices unheard. Voting statistics support this issue.

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