Let’s get a few things out of the way. First, I am for legalization of drugs: regulate it, tax the shit out of it, and impose stiff penalties for dangerous use. I also have a message for pot heads – think local, buy quality USA grown pot! As for the meth-heads and the heroin addicts, you guys are fucked anyways.
That leaves the one drug that inspired a shitty JJ Cale song of which 90% (according to a state department estimate) transits through Mexico. It’s the one that came up in conversation while I was having coffee with a friend of mine who was visiting Houston for the first time in ages. She asked, “When did cocaine get so popular?” and I really had no clue. I mean, years ago, coke was this total douchebag drug reserved for the worst of the worst of the people who would now be cruising the Washington Avenue bar scene here in Houston. You know who I’m talking about – some Gucchi wearing assbag yuppie in a convertible with a horrible license plate that says something like “RU 18 YET.“
Yet, it’s so prevalent now in the Houston music scene that you can walk into just about any show to someone doing blow in the bathroom at some point in the evening. But here is the thing, these aren’t the douchebags of some years ago. No, these are actually just regular Rock and Roll dudes. They don’t drive a fancy car or swagger in wearing Raybans behind their head. Nope, just regular people which is what sparked my friend’s comment.
Some of these are friends and acquaintances who I like very much. In fact, once I walked into a bar and this one guy I know offered me some coke and I jokingly declined saying, “No way man! You know how annoying you guys are?” and he laughed and went into a perfect, note for note, impression of a coke head talking at a million miles an hour which was pretty hilarious. So yeah they even have a sense of humor about themselves and aren’t out to look cool or impress anyone. It’s very much this social drug akin to sharing beers and I’m very libertarian on that kind of thing – if it’s not hurting anyone else, go for it. But here is the problem – over 40,000 bodies.
You want to know what your cocaine really cost?
OK here you go… here are two pictures of some guy doing a mound of coke. Click on them when you’re not at work if you want.
Man, doesn’t that make you high all the better? Woo! Yeah, you know, what’s a couple browns. They are just fucking Mexicans anyhow. Not like us here in the States. I mean it’s not your fault. You didn’t start the drug war, that’s Calderon’s fault for trying to interfere with Free Commerce and Bush and Obama’s fault for helping him escalate the response. Your nose is morally clean.
Except that’s bullshit. Regardless of your stance of on the drug war, the fact of the matter is right now, in the reality that is North America 2011, there are thousands of people murdered, lives displaced, economies ruined, and a region of Mexico that has basically become a narco state and it’s all fueled by the demand in the United States – your little bump. While you are at a club or at a party doing a bump someone is dying because of it.
So, to you in the Houston Music scene and elsewhere, may I humbly suggest you stop being selfish narcissistic sacks of shit: put the fucking coke away. Thank you.