vivacious and lovely Sharon Tate, who had captured young American in the
movie Valley of the Dolls only three years before, and of course wet
memories of the century's most decadent event, Woodstock, lingered in the
brains of a new generation that was telling the world they weren't going
to take the kind of shit that Vietnam was throwing into the face of the
Not nearly as paralyzing as the rapid, violent,
and morbid sexual revolution that was to follow.
In two years, the world had changed. By early
1971, there would be no way in the minds of Republicans that they were
going to tolerate a voter turnout which spelled doom. FEAR was
everywhere... it was on the streets in New York and in the bus
terminals. It was in the rich-well-to-do section of Scarsdale, New
York as it had been in Harlem for years.
Rape, murder, incest, S&M, and, of course, a
growing population of homosexuals that called themselves "gay",
a word that had not hit the households of America until early 1970 even
though it had been used to describe those perverted "faggots"
which were doubling and tripling in number. But where were they all
The truth was so simple but so ugly that
American conservatives didn't want to face their own filth.
There they were, tumbling through the weeds and
as naked as they could be. Do you see why these people wanted
AIDS? Do you understand that Dr. Hilary Koprowski, the father of
HIV, wasn't just invited to these clandestine meetings to sit down and
"The entire world has gone mad,"
Betsy Bloomingdale said, unable to contain herself. "We have to
do something! This is going to wipe out our entire country."
You could almost see the tears in her
eyes. How painful it was to see the madam of 59th Street wearing
sunglasses that were as big as Jackie O's. And speaking of Jackie,
where did she get off on cheating the American public by marrying that old
Greek shipping magnet, no one had ever heard of? Camelot was gone
forever and the Republican Party was wearing dirty diapers around their
neck left over from Woodstock.
Yet, in 1972, the Republican showing
demonstrated that Nixon was wrong. He had nothing to fear because
the more that our nation was moving to the left, the greater the force was
coming from the right. Still, Watergate spelled the doom of the
was louder than the one that hit American in 1929! And yet it was
softer because it said nothing except what Americans were hearing
everywhere on the street: "Drugs are the number one Public
Enemy." And not one voice disputed it... at least not one voice
that counted. Had Richard M. Nixon not made that announcement, would
our country have gone the same way? Probably. But if it was
not for television, there would have never been reason to declare a war on
drugs. The electronic medium brought every fantasy and every deadly
plot to the surface, never again to see the light of Ozzie and Harriet,
Lucy and Ricky, Rob and Laura Petrie. And there was the innocent
Mary Tyler Moore, amidst all this confusion, starring in a B-rated movie
opposite George Peppard, What's So Bad About Feeling Good? And
there was no answer from the general public until the World Trade Centers
in New York crumbled to the ground and there amidst the debris, a
president of the United States emerged wearing a construction hat, acting
like an imbecile. Americans looked around and saw what outlandish
world they had created.
Where was the American public for three
They were smoking joints and watching
Mary Richards making it back to television after all. They were
listening to lesbians like Lily Tomlin as she ridiculed the likes of Lucy
Ricardo, and Gilda Radnor as Rosanne...and Rosanne as a moppish housewife
and mother living a white trailer park dream. Suddenly Americans saw
Ronald Reagan standing by the wall in Berlin addressing the president of
the falling Soviet Union as "Mr. Gorbechev" and telling him to
tear down a wall that was slated to fall years before. Suddenly
people began to see that there was not one shred of reality in the
Partnership for a Drug-Free America except for what it is: a gravesite for
the young lost casualties of war! A war that no one wants to notice
because it has to be doing somebody some good!
And then there was the sick and dying
victims of AIDS that breathed new death in the face of America.
America had been dying and no one even noticed!
In the center of all of this, we have
to wonder, what evil-minded human being could have set the healthcare
industry to the gas chambers? For the answer we turn to his wife, the
lovely and strong, Nancy Davis Reagan, loyal patron to Hollywood, yet ever
so loyal to her husband and the Republican Party. What she did was
timeless. What she said had double meaning, and now the scarecrow
from the Wizard of Oz finally had the brain to say "Just Say
What we were telling America is to turn
their backs. Look the other way, damn you!
So the streets flooded with drug
dealers, and the prisons filled with victims and the world has gone on
until that day that George Walker Bush, president of the only remaining
superpower, smiled at the cameras, basking in the glory of the American
symbols that had been turned to dust by rampant terrorists.
The wars that have followed made little
sense, but they are prodding us to realize that in that zone of comfort,
we have neglected to take pity on those that have been downed in our own
Look around, America! Look at the
death toll that reduced our population by a sliver. Do you still
want to pick and choose who you bury? Then take up that action with those
who are merely trying to save their lives by self-medicating. Look
at WHY they are using drugs. But even more important: Take your face
away from that mirror where you have been practicing your sermon of denial
that you believe. You have no shame.
the Ages that have gone by (the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron
Age...) there is not just one, but two distinctive technologies that
define the tools that we use. One of those technologies is
Electronic and the other is Chemical. We are chemical-based being
that contain billions of electrically charged atoms. But even so,
chemicals define us. Thus, every time that chemicals and electronics
converge, the outcome could be harmonious or harmful. For example, the
invention of the artificial heart is mechanical and electronic, but it
intersects with the chemical component of who we are. It achieves
On the other hand, in 1969, what
occurred as a result of television had a derogatory impact on the Chemical
component and therefore, has failed to help us evolve. What the New
Journalism media did was to raise a conflict with the Chemical component
directly, causing the government to peel the general public away from
it. Our leaders witnessed undesirable changed in human behavior that
it couldn't explain except that these changes had to be due to the
increase in psychoactive substance that people consumed. For
example, television showed an increasing number of gay people in society
and followed up with a story about increase in drug abuse. The
photo-montage of drugs and gay people meant that drugs influenced the
outcome (gay people) because drugs were prevalent within the gay
culture. But drugs were also prevalent in the straight culture, yet
we chose only to see that minorities were involved. Anytime that someone
considered a WASP, there was always an excuse as to why they weren't the
It is important that our society
discards the war on drugs because it is only leading to greater conflict
and prolonging a war that is devastating every aspect of our society, much
more than any drug could.
Anti-drug disorder is not only real,
but it can be more harmful than drug abuse, particularly when society has
maintained it is acceptable behavior. In the US, drug use is not
considered acceptable even though it is acceptable in the ElectroChemical
Age. We have come to denounce the use of not only psycho-active
drugs, but also performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids. The
plain truth is that if a certain drug is available in our society and can
be used to correct a medical problem that doctors and patients agree can
and should be treated, then that medication should be allowed to be use
with minimal or no restriction. By allowing some members of society
to use a drug while barring others from using the same drug is
discrimination, particularly if those being barred from its use really and
truly need the drug to survive.
Pain medication is available today only
to the very wealthy and politically connected. Others are banned
from its usage. Thus, to obtain the drug to self-medicate, they must
rely on the black market and drug dealers. This greed that exists
will be critical to the failure of the US to survive since it restricts
the general public from being a part of the ElectroChemical Age.
Already it has weakened our healthcare system, left those with chronic
disorder, disabled, and imprisoning those who fail to obey laws based on
If the war on drugs continues for just
another decade, the US will have drained itself. Drug dealers will
be more powerful than physicians and the economy will slide.