Untruth in Advertising 

  Untruth in Advertising 

Posted by FoM on February 08, 2002 at 08:44:31 PT
Letters To The Editor 
Source: WorldNetDaily  

Bill O'Reilly thinks millions of government money spent on Super Bowl drugs ads is a wonderful idea? The advertisements claiming that Americans who use illegal drugs help finance terrorists were dishonest, outrageous, and a waste of taxpayer money. For the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to claim that drug users are to blame for financing terrorists is like a maniac who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. 
It's drug prohibition that causes the very problem these ads complain about. The war on drugs is a price-support system for terrorists and drug pushers. It turns ordinary, cheap plants like marijuana and poppies into fantastically lucrative black-market products. Furthermore, the war on drugs makes America more vulnerable to terrorists by misdirecting police resources to victimless crimes. The war on drugs created a black market which enriches terrorists, finances violence, and makes America less safe. The $3.4 million of taxpayer money to run two 30-second advertisements was the largest single government ad purchase in U.S. history and was unnecessary, inappropriate and an insult to American taxpayers. Our government should not be spending our money on advertising, especially false advertising. Jim Maas Bill's Drug-War Field Goal Hooray for you O'Reilly! You are one of the very few journalists who are willing to take on the most damaging issue of our time. The ad was welcome. Your response was clear – in fact clearer than the ad which should have explained to the public in the beginning they were talking about "having killed a cop, etc.," because they were partying with dope, whatever kind. You are wrong in your implication that drugs will never be legalized – even though the vast majority of Americans are against legalization. That majority is so confident that it's such a dumb idea, they are not telling their elected officials. Meanwhile, a small group of legalizers headed by Ethan Nadelman now have the multimillions of George Soros, Peter Lewis, John Sperling and others as well as support of the ACLU. They are waging a public relations campaign that has kids and many adults thinking pot is medicine, ecstasy could be medicine and that Americans should be able to use whatever drugs their fancy turns them to. Another of their organizations is NORML, whose founder, Keith Stroup, is considered by parents to be the "Father of the Marijuana Epidemic Among Teens in America." He's been telling kids pot won't hurt them since at least 1979. We believe he's responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of kids who believed him, then went on to other drugs or died in accidents. Give him some publicity! Yours is a welcome voice. Help us wake America! Please keep it up! Joyce Nalepka Losing Our Freedoms  Mr. O'Reilly's "simple logic" in his recent article is simply wrong. The fact is, people will buy whatever it is that makes them happy, legal or not. Does he think we could make cigarettes illegal and suddenly no one would buy them? The drug dealers get rich because drugs are illegal (the prices are inflated to offset the risk of getting caught). What is "anti-American" is his suggestion that a victimless crime (willing seller/willing buyer) should be illegal. Can you say "nanny-state?" His "simple logic" that my purchase of a joint somehow supplies "crack to kids" might be simple, but it is certainly not logical. Those kids make a choice – if they make a bad choice, then take a look at their parents' behavior, not at mine. Also, the vast majority of the Taliban's opium goes to Iran and neighboring states, not to the U.S. Then he tries to support his argument against re-legalizing drugs with an example of alcohol's abuse: "More than a million drunk-driving cases each year. Nearly 10 percent of the adult population heavily involved with alcohol." This is an example of how hypocritical the "drug war" is – alcohol and nicotine are deadly. I defy anyone to find just one example of an overdose of THC, yet our government spends $31 billion a year to "protect us" from this "danger?" The real danger is loss of our rights each time some "Demopublican" adds a new law to protect us from ourselves. Stop this stupidity – vote for freedom, vote Libertarian! Eric Sorensen Dumbing-Down Doobies  The DEA admits that 60 percent of its own drug interdiction efforts amount to busting domestic marijuana-growing operations. Please explain to me how a domestic marijuana grower contributes to world terrorism. The marijuana never leaves the country, nor do the people who grow it, nor does their money. At what point in the supply chain of homegrown bud does Osama Bin laden enter? NOWHERE! Please stop being a perpetrator in the dumbing-down of America. The left wing is bad enough at this, why do you have to add to the stupidity factor yourself? Patricia Schwarz Note: Letters To The Editor posted as an exception to normal Cannabis News policy.Source: WorldNetDaily (US Web)Published: February 8, 2002Copyright: 2002, Inc.Contact: letters worldnetdaily.comWebsite: Articles:Buy Dope, Fund Terror Low in the War on Drugs - A. Huffington Do You Think They Call It Propaganda?

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Comment #4 posted by goneposthole on February 08, 2002 at 16:03:52 PT
turned and walked away
More proof reading required.
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Comment #3 posted by goneposthole on February 08, 2002 at 16:01:50 PT
indignant disgust
An elderly woman settled into my hometown after leaving the former Sovet Union.When she walked into a grocery store for the first time, she turned a walked way with tears in her eyes.She knew that she had been hoodwinked, and for a long time.The propaganda works for only so long, then it crumbles to dust.
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Comment #2 posted by E_Johnson on February 08, 2002 at 09:50:11 PT

Propaganda only works temporarily
The Nazis are no longer in power. The Communists are no longer in power. Propaganda for them only worked for a while. The Communists were driven out by the disgust of the people for the information they had held back, once that deadly information burst its seams and came ripping out during Glasnost.The innate human desire for more and better information is ultimately undefeatable. Because that is what drives our evolutionary engine! We are innately, to our core, information seeking animals.That's why we created the Internet, that's why we have our entire planet now laced completely with information exchanging technology. Even the remotest village gossip can now move at the speed of light.Any laws or government policies that deeply rely upon holding back information about humanity from humanity are ultimately doomed to fail. I once had a very bitter argument with my history teacher in high school about this. And I think by now, I can be proved the winner.Mr. Mosely, are you out there? The Communists couldn't control their information forever. I WIN!
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Comment #1 posted by MikeEEEEE on February 08, 2002 at 09:04:12 PT

Why propaganda works
Governments have known for a long time how well propaganda works, including the Nazi's.They know, and will use it over and over again, because there'll always be a few people that swallow it.I like what Patricia Schwarz wrote:Please stop being a perpetrator in the dumbing-down of America. The left wing is bad enough at this, why do you have to add to the stupidity factor yourself? 
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