One could scarcely find an issue that better illustrates the difference between liberal and conservative attitudes than the recent 12-1 Denver City Council vote in favor of opening a “supervised injection site.” Liberals seem as adamantly in favor of the idea as conservatives are opposed. In fact, Kyle Clark of KUSA, 9 News challenged opponents to stop “fear-mongering” and bring their experts. He says, “Denver deserves a good debate on the issue.”
From the moment this idea was proposed we have been having those debates, but Clark prefers to ignore them. Thus far, he is more comfortable smearing those who are appalled by the idea as “allowing their feelings to override facts.”
Hear part of the debate here: My interview, Feb. 6, 2018 on 600KCOL,
with Lisa Raville, Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Action Center
Clark claims that proponents of the measure have loads of public health “experts” who will testify to the program’s success. Don’t we first have to agree on what constitutes success? Is it a success that users of the facility didn’t die…yet? The reality is that they will die if they don’t stop injecting illicit drugs, but the government will now send the message that there’s a way to “safely” engage in this behavior.
What’s the incentive for them to get off drugs if we make it “safe?” Should we also create safe places to play Russian Roulette; jump off buildings; or perhaps to eat Tide Pods? Why don’t we make it safer for alcoholics to drink themselves into a stupor? Sorry I mentioned that. I don’t want to give them any more ideas.
Once again liberals claim that their compassion leads them to want to save people from themselves and from the real-life consequences of their behavior. Of course, they will always do that at taxpayers’ expense. If you oppose them, you are mean, heartless, cold and cruel. Oh yes, you are also allowing your feelings to override facts.
Maybe what we really need is a program for politicians who are addicted to creating government programs. Why is it so hard for them recover from their addiction? Because those programs require endless streams of tax money which in reality, is a “jobs program” for bureaucrats. Those bureaucrats in turn, send huge donations back into Democrat coffers who perpetuate the cycle all over again. The newest group Democrats have targeted for their “help” is drug addicts. The program is sold to us as the right thing to do to keep addicts alive long enough so we can eventually get them treatment, but it’s not set up that way and that’s not the goal. In fact, there is a huge incentive for the program not to be successful. That way, it can continue to perpetuate “politician addiction.” That should be a new category in the DSM-5.
The white powder icing on the cake is that they do this with a sense of moral superiority, while claiming that any opposition is “fear-mongering.”
Let’s think about that term,“fear-mongering” for a minute. Clark implies that there is no reason to be “fearful” whatsoever. Why should we be worried that our government is helping drug addicts to shoot up heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine? To date, we have spent over 1 trillion dollars on the “war on drugs.” That was another completely ineffective government program we got roped into because if we hadn’t, we might lack compassion. I guess now, they’ve decided that if you can’t beat ‘em, you should join ‘em.
Despite the fact that there are not enough Republicans to stop this deranged idea, we must do everything we can to fight it anyway. When dealing with addicts, there should be an adult in the room who isn’t co-dependent and who will apply some tough love. That is, to “remind” addicts that there are consequences for their actions and real lives will be affected by the decisions they make.
We fervently hope that Republicans will be united in the next legislative session to assist Democrats in their recovery.
Karen Kataline (Karen@KarenKataline.com) is an author and commentator, Columbia University-trained social worker, and frequent guest host on AM talk radio. Her Op Eds can be seen in Investor’s Business Daily, Western Journal, Town Hall, The Daily Caller and The American Thinker. She is the producer and host of Spouting Off, a live internet call-in talk show, heard Tuesdays at 4 P.M. E.T. at www.KarenKataline.com