Every so often I say to myself, ‘America ain’t so bad. This country has some good things about it. And I’m happy to be an American’…..and then something like the DEA’s asinine proposed ban of Kratom happens. One can argue that it’s our bureaucracy, there’s a lot of red tape, it has to be researched, things take time to process yada yada yada….or if you have half a brain you can realize that sometimes it’s just pure bullshit, as in this case. While we’re at it, why don’t we ban sugar for making children hyper? Or ban coffee for keeping people awake? Or ban toothbrushes for making peoples gums bleed? Our country has a drug problem, right? Heroin has exploded onto the streets in the past half decade. Lots of people are ruining their lives & spending exorbitant amounts of money on the drug. The jails continue to be filled because we do not have competent rehabilitation programs or social programs that rationally deal with the issue (like in the Netherlands). Our government runs the ‘War on Drugs’ right? So, how is that going? Have the drug rates gone down recently because of that ‘War’? No? Oh, the drug rates have skyrocketed you say? So, the ‘War on Drugs’ is ineffective and now the DEA is deciding to ban a harmless plant that many former heroin addicts have been using to kick their opiate abuse during a time when we are supposedly trying to get people OFF of heroin? Sounds logical to me…..if you’re a moron or a psychopath. Kratom has been around for a long, long time. It’s a tree. Societies have known about it and used it in the past. This knowledge is available to any academic working within our current system. This ban is NOT in the interest of public safety.
So, what’s the deal with Kratom? It’s relatively cheap. It helps with opiate addiction, anxiety, immune function and chronic pain. You can drink it in tea or take it in a capsule form. And….wait for it….it’s something that actually helps people. And it doesn’t have a stamp of approval from the FDA because you can’t patent it. It’s a plant. It’s all natural. Just like Cannabis. Does it make you high? No, it gives you a little buzz like when you drink coffee. That’s it. I’ve used Kratom dozens of times. I initially tried it about a year ago and quickly realized it’s benefits. It helped me greatly with my chronic back pain and my anxiety. I didn’t take Kratom very often, maybe once or twice a week. But it helped me a lot. I never had any adverse effects. I never became addicted to it. And it never made me violent or unstable (Lord knows what the pencil pushers at the DEA are saying it does to people). I’m not even angry for myself in this instance. I could go through life not doing Kratom again and I’d be ok with that. It’d be a bummer when I need it for pain control because I’m not going to take pharmaceutical drugs. But, I’d deal with it. What I am angry about…is the other GREAT people I met throughout this past year who were using Kratom to defeat their addictions. Good people. Regular people who have kids, and jobs, and families that were using Kratom to beat their Heroin addiction or Alcohol addiction or Cigarette addiction. That’s not so bad, right? These are good, non-violent, non-aggressive people who live and work and pay their taxes in this broken system we have. And what do you do for them as their ‘Big Brother Government’? You shit on them….yet again.
Ya know….whatever is going to happen to this joke of a society that we have called the USA is going to happen. But if the government continues to piss off its citizens and take away rights, privileges and the ability to think for ourselves….bad things are going to happen much quicker and in greater frequency. There will be more protests. There will be more riots. People will accept that their government isn’t here to work FOR them, they’ll realize that their government is here to work AGAINST them in whatever way possible as long as their chosen representatives continue to kiss the asses of special interests and corporations that give them fat paychecks. ‘Oh, it’s just Kratom Joe. Calm down. It’s not the end of the world’. No, it IS the end of the world if you keep letting your rights get taken away. It IS the end of the world if people keep putting their own selfish goals before the goals of the world community. It IS the end of the world if you choose to remain blind to the corruption that exists. Integrity, not money and power, is the constant in this universe. My grandmother fled her home country of Austria during WW2 because the Nazi’s took over. Her rights were taken away even though she was a special Aryan Christian ‘blonde hair blue eyed’ girl that Hitler loved. She told me of the similarities between the rise of Nazi Europe and what has happened in this country since the year 2000. We, as citizens of the USA, may all be screwed. But you’ve gotta fight back in some way. Even if it’s for something as small as Kratom. It’s an herb that helps people with their problems. And it doesn’t impede on the rights of anyone else. It only impedes on the rights of lobbyists and sycophants to give or get their next juicy, bonus paycheck. This is not a conspiracy theory. If you know anything about how our system in the USA works. It’s logic. So, if you care about this issue like I and many others do. If you care about the bogus marijuana issue that’s gone on for decades. If you’re sick of being treated like a 5 year old in pre-school….write & call your state representatives, government representatives, the president & anyone in a position of power that you can annoy….ANNOY THEM. Don’t fight them. In the end, no one wins in a fight. Just be a pain in their ass. There are some Congressman that are trying to help….but they need citizens to get behind them as well. Want to do something about this infringement upon our rights as human beings? Click here and get involved. It’s very simple. Write an e-mail. Write a letter. Make a couple phone calls. Spread the word. You might not need Kratom but others do. And one day it may be something simple that you enjoy, like coffee, or alcohol or tobacco…or even Skittles that gets taken away. So, if you want to keep your rights….help others keep theirs too.
Thanks for reading! I hope this has enlightened you to this issue or improved upon your life in some way. As always. Do your best. Be good to yourself and others. And follow The Golden Rule.