It is time for the rest of us; the dull normals, to take to the streets. If windows are to be broken, if public places are to be destroyed; it should be “us” doing the whole riot thing because, well…it is our dime footing the bill.
What idiot came up with this idea? While our elderly, our mentally ill, our veterans and lower income, CONTRIBUTING, members of our society, go without the basics they need to survive? Money is spent on the dregs of society? Lower HIV and Hep C rates? Bullshit. How about providing real members of our communities with what they need, FIRST, before contributing to criminal behaviours?
Our elderly didn’t choose to get old; they didn’t choose to have their bodies disintegrate, develop illnesses yet far too many of them are forced to choose between food/rent and life altering medicines.
Children don’t choose to be poor and have parents who, although, actually work – unlike addicts – are unable to afford school supplies and medicine.
Veterans don’t choose to develop PTSD, or end up maimed while serving our country. Unlike addicts, who do nothing but attach themselves as parasites.
This is a disgusting misuse of tax payer money. We – the silent majority of this country, need to start doing some shouting of our own. Perhaps stage our own protests over the total disregard given to the employed citizens of Canada. We, the people who struggle out of bed, fly out the door, coffee and offspring in hand….to battle yet another work day. Meanwhile, an addict hangs in the streets, steals – indulges in prostitution, panhandles for that next fix. Does not contribute, in any way, toward the ministries/healthcare that ends up looking after them – that bill is ours to pay and ours alone. I’m tired of it. You want to stick a needle in your body? That’s your choice. Why should I pay for it? Why should my neighbours, my kids and my co-workers? I don’t buy that it’s a sickness anymore. It’s a choice and there are alternatives. Don’t want to take advantage of the alternative? Again, your choice. City morgues are never without customers who made wrong choices.
Enough with sending messages that drug addiction is somehow acceptable, on any level. Enough with this being a “sickness”. It is a choice. The options are out there but addicts choose, of their own volition, to eschew those options in favour of drugs. Drug abuse is something that is open to everyone but few of us choose to put our lives in jeopardy by using. Drug abuse is a choice. A choice. And society should not be held financially accountable for it. Enough.