The Harper government has sent a mailing to many Canadian homes, including my own.
There is a photo of a discarded needle in a children's playground. The word "SAFE?" is engraved on the photo.
I think this is legitimate and realistic and healthy commentary.
The text talks about keeping junkies off the street and in rehab.
Sounds good to me.
But oh, my.
Every mistaken weeping fool and his uncle has come out in outrage at this cruel attack on the sanctity of heroin addicts.
Here's some news for you.
Heroin addicts call themselves "junkies."
Get over it.
The word is not the message.
I have experienced this problem for over 40 years now.
Every time I talk in public about dope fiends and junkies, some cunning linguist rises in morally superior objection.
Never mind my track record in helping junkies become clean and sober citizens. Never mind that the dictionary people have never helped anyone.
Mark Townsend, the man responsible for running Insite said he was depressed to find the Conservative mailing at his home.
Well, you know what, Mark?
I'm depressed every time I hear about the killing machine known as Insite.
I was delighted by this mailing.
And your depression, Mark, is not my concern.
My concern is that, rather than providing treatment and more treatment and then some treatment, completely wrong folks like you are helping junkies to stay stupid.
Calling junkies junkies is not offensive or an indicator of being out of touch.
Giving drunks booze and shot glasses and giving dope fiends anything other than real help is extremely ugly and sick.
Libby Davies is a kind and thoughtful and lovely person. But she is completely and totally wrong on this issue.
So is Ujjal Dosanjh.
The Harper government is heading in the right direction on drug addictions and crime.
They will be excoriated by the Enablers and by editorial writers.
Help them, encourage them, tell your MP and the Prime Minister that you want treatment now.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Posted by David Berner at 10:47 AM
Some friends of the blog have been confused by an announcement I made about a week ago regarding guest columnists.
To be clear.
I have decided that I will not publish friends' columns in their entirety on this site.
What I will do is provide links and recommendations to columns that I think you will enjoy or find worth reading.
From time to time, I will continue to publish other's comments as I chose.
Hey, It's my sandbox.
Posted by David Berner at 10:38 AM