Interested in how the USA crime and drug addiction is on a parallel path to China opium history and how the same solution that worked in China should be emulated in the USA?
The Chicago Tribune articles today titled: Craft cannabis growers want Judge to reverse order, Law and Order should be more than a GOP slogan, Clemency should be the norm, not the exception, all are clues to this conundrum which is now repeating the same history as what occurred in China history and is now being repeated in the USA.
For Example – Excerpts – Wikipedia History of Opium in China
“The history of opium in China began with the use of opium for medicinal purposes during the 7th century. In the 17th century the practice of mixing opium with tobacco for smoking spread from Southeast Asia, creating a far greater demand.”
“It is mainly used to treat masculinity, strengthen sperm, and regain vigor. It enhances the art of alchemists, sex and court ladies. Frequent use helps to cure the chronic diarrhea that causes the loss of energy … Its price equals that of gold.[1”3]
“In the same year the emperor issued a further edict, Opium has a harm. Opium is a poison, undermining our good customs and morality. Deceitful merchants buy and sell it to gain profit. we should also order the general commandant of the police and police- censors at the five gates to prohibit opium and to search for it at all gates. If they capture any violators, they should immediately punish them and should destroy the opium at once. The decree had little effect.”
“The International Opium Commission observed that opium smoking was a fashionable, even refined pastime, especially among the young, yet many in society condemned the habit”
“Chiang himself was morally opposed to opium use, but other government ministers saw opium as a source of much needed revenue. The government first attempted to reform the people into proper citizens to conform to the modern standards, then raised the official price, which discouraged a certain number of people, then sometimes shot the recidivists”
“The Mao Zedong government is generally credited with eradicating both consumption and production of opium during the 1950s using unrestrained repression and social reform. Ten million addicts were forced into compulsory treatment, dealers were executed, and opium-producing regions were planted with new crops. Remaining opium production shifted south of the Chinese border into the Golden Triangle region. The remnant opium trade primarily served Southeast Asia, but spread to American soldiers during the Vietnam War, with 20 percent of soldiers regarding themselves as addicted during the peak of the epidemic in 1971. In 2003, China was estimated to have four million regular drug users and one million registered drug addicts “
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Give alcohol (drugs) to a man who is going to die, and wine (drugs)to those who are sad, that they may drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more. (Proverbs 31:6, 7)
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. (Proverb 22:6)
What’s My Point?
If we discern and compare the three Chicago Tribune articles in the news today, to the present trend of what is occurring in the USA, mainly the States that have approved recreational cannabis use which has been proved scientifically that a significant number of uses will progress to more potent drugs such as opium, fentanyl, cocaine, etc., it becomes apparent that the USA is on the same path of repeating the history which occurred in China.
What is even more discerning is the reasons our present legislators are approving laws, are now facing and even causing the same repetitiveness of what to do about the rising crime rates., which a very large percentage are being perpetuated by drug addicts needs to engage in crime to pay illegal drug sellers.
Meanwhile various prosecuting attorneys and activists believe jailing people committing crimes is not a solution, is costly to taxpayers, and most of the police arrests and time are being expended on the war on drugs which was enacted 50 years ago and has failed same as in China history.
My point is what is required and proven effective in every generation and society since the beginning of time and will never change unless we discern what is really the only solution to crime and drugs. The same solution that China wound up doing to reduce the use of opium use in their Nation and over time has changed the culture of China from crime, drugs, to become the Worlds industrialized prosperous modernized Nation while at the same time the USA is on a path to emulate what China experienced which is a Nation now experiencing a continuous increase of drug users, crime, shootings, folly, and sadly immoral culture.
In My Opinion
There is never going to be a utopian society or culture in this world. The best we can expect in relation to crime and criminals is to reduce the number of criminals wandering about in our Nation.
In my opinion, there are five courses of actions which need to be implemented.
The first is to arrest criminals to reduce their criminal activities, send them to jail to work and produce products to pay for their incardination costs and to prevent them from intimination witness to testify against them in court.
The second is to, and teach them a skill so they can become productive members when released instead of releasing them back in society to repeat and return to criminal activities.
The third is since the largest percentage of criminals are drug addicts is to treat them for both drug addiction and mental problems while incardinated,
Also, to change course from jailing drug addicts and supply free drugs to every drug addict who will agree to free drug addiction therapy while receiving drugs instead of committing crimes to pay for his habits from illegal drug sellers.
As for the States that legislators have approved recreational marijuana, voters should vote them out of office so they can spend more time reading up on history and wisdom instead of repeating the same follies as past generations.
The fourth is to allow clemency when it has become apparent that the above actions have changed the behaviors that led the arrests in the first place.
The fifth measure is to allow parents school choice or school vouchers so religious morals and disciplines what to avoid in life paths cand be instilled instead of government run public schools which same as the war on drugs government instituted methods have failed, so has government run secular schools have failed.
If anyone wants proof of this fifth opinion, send a letter to your legislator and ask him to conduct a study to compare the number of convicted criminals to determine if they attended a private secular religious school or a government secular public school.
And also ask your legislator what schools he sends his children that the majority of poor or middle class can no longer afford, and compare to the fact that the majority of government legislators and 49 percent of public-school teachers send their children to private religious schools.
In my opinion, over time, if the above methods to reduce crime and drugs are implemented, there will be less need for police and more need for teachers in our society and culture.
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Is the present path of the USA a direct correlation of what China experienced in the past and if so, is it wise or foolish to continue on the present path our legislators are now arguing or proposing.
If after reading a previous post on recreational marijuana, is the USA need drugs because we are presently on a course of dying and have a need for: A poor man may drink wine to find respite from intolerable poverty and unbearable toil.” Brought about by our lack of teaching youth both history and wisdom not to repeat the same oath of follies as previous generations in history?
Regards and goodwill blogging
Chicago Tribune June 15, 2022
Wikipedia – History of Opium in China
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