Should a citizen on welfare have his aid compromised due to naroctic associated crime?

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Answered by: Ryan, An Expert in the Civil Liberties - General Category
A citizen on welfare is a citizen whom has had his or her share of bumps on the road throughout their lifespan. This is a crucial point to look at during the course of this debate as I hold that many people are not given the proper comprehension of what life is. Many of us are educated only on a base level, being given only the basic tools to learn how to read, write and socialize. There is not much by the way of actually effecting a positive and collaborative interaction within each human. Many people come from families that were even more poorly educated. These are pretty harsh statements but they tend to be true. My opponent’s premises’ are ideological in nature and seem to be only tolerant of a “black and white” recognition of societal behavior.But that isn’t a realistic reflection.

As much as I enjoy the works of our historical philosophers, I must say that the expression of an ‘ideal ideology’ as a construct by which to strive for is just that…an idea that we should all strive for. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is not perfect and as a result we must recognize all of the real world variables that influence the behavior of the almost 700 million people living within the United States.

Unhappiness is a prolific human condition that is experienced by many. This is easily recognized through the production of anti-depressants by Big Pharma and as well the success of the therapeutic community.And perhaps unhappiness is what drives many to drugs, both prescription and illicit. Society is an imperfect amalgam of human interaction that is without a guarantee of happiness for all. Indeed, in our current American society, competition is a major focus point as evidenced by sports, the entertainment industry and of course the economy. For there to be a winner, there must be a loser.

Further, our educational system does not necessarily adequately teach alternatives to drugs in the case of unhappiness and unfulfilled dreams and goals. We are urged implicitly to make do and look to the future. In fact, the use of foreign substances to enhance our day to day experience is encouraged by pharmaceutical companies. Many people day in and day out view the commercials propagating prescription drugs to either enhance their sex life, lower their cholesterol or even just to be comfortable (“social anxiety disorder”).

How can we punish people who are inundated with contradictory messages? DARE to say No. Or, consult your doctor for more information on whether or not you qualify for the regimented altering of one’s physiological chemistry for a better lifestyle.

This debate is not about the capacity of an individual to conform to the standards of society as defined by our rule of law. Rather it is a look at our society and the inherent flaws of our propagated ideologies when confronted by reality. My opponent has stated that he will rely on the philosophical ruminations of our forefathers (both government and philosophical) for his support of his position. I hope that he continues to do so as the reality is that the perfect society quite possibly only exists in hypothetical form.

I’m not interested in the hypothetical for the course of this debate.

Society has proven that it is ill equipped to adequately prepare an individual for their respective lives.

What it has proven is that it will provide avenues for escape; the entertainment industry is where a large portion of the everyday attention of many Americans spends there focus. On TV and in the movies do we see people who are able to live happily; our celebrities even live the “fairy tale” life as they are allotted a much greater salary than the average citizen. We live vicariously through them and happiness is but an extension of our beliefs regarding their fictional and real life presentations.

How can we fault a human for seeking his or her own adventure in life when that is what they are lead to believe through popular propagation? Especially when they are ill advised and under educated.

Throughout this debate, I intend to explore the human animal and the reason for an inclination to the changing of one’s physiological experience through illicit and legal substances. Alcohol, though legal, qualifies in this context as it is an intentional effort to change one’s physiological experience for the purpose of enjoyment or escape.

I will also, throughout this debate, focus on society’s failure to adequately prepare an individual for a successful and gratifying social life.

The many arms of the corporate world undermine these very ideologies my opponent will be citing and that is where we must look if we are truly going to understand the animal that is drug abuse and ignorance. We live in a society that takes advantage of the ignorance of others, indeed, by selling the image of a perfect family life, the product (whatever it may be) is encouraging people to focus on the ‘ideal’ rather than encouraging people to make informed and productive choices as it specifically relates to their personal lives.

We will examine the human experience in our society on a real level, rather than focus on the ideological hypothetical my opponent has opted for. While valid to an extent, there is a huge discrepancy in theory and application. We shall negotiate the difference between reality and the hypothetical, as my opponent has stated his position.

By the end of this debate, I intend to demonstrate that there are reasons for the failure of society and government to prevent what may be called ‘social deviance’ and that a citizen on welfare should not be denied aid due to a loosely defined stipulation of 'narcotics crime' which could include without relevant reason those who are involved in victimless crimes associated with drug use.

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