The Missouri Legislature Proves It Has a Few Good Men

I am really proud of my state right now.

The New York Times has launched an attack on Missouri because it is the only state in the union that has refused to set up a database to track all pain medications so that they can catch “abusers.” Newser.com summarizes the accusation and pushes the same agenda:

With prescription painkiller abuse, addiction, and overdoses a massive problem across the country, some 49 states have brought in databases to track excess prescriptions—and then there is Missouri. The state is the only holdout that has refused to create a monitoring program, even though law enforcement officials say the lack of a program not only makes it harder to tackle abuse in Missouri, it brings in dealers and addicts from the eight states it borders, the New York Times finds. “Welcome to Missouri—America’s drugstore,” complains an emergency room physician in St. Louis. “We aren’t just allowing abuse, we’ve created a business model for dealers.”

Efforts to introduce a state database have been blocked by a small group of lawmakers led by state Sen. Rob Schaaf. 

Is it any wonder that the media is complacent about the domestic spying of the NSA if this is their attitude? People have the right to get and take medication without the government tracking their every move. The outrage is not that Missouri doesn’t have a database; the outrage is that it is the only one that refused to set up a domestic spying system.

From the New York Times:

But while proponents say the vast majority of the Legislature supports the measure, it has been blocked by a small group of lawmakers led by State Senator Rob Schaaf, a family physician who argues that allowing the government to keep prescription records violates personal privacy. After successfully sinking a 2012 version of the bill, Mr. Schaaf said of drug abusers, “If they overdose and kill themselves, it just removes them from the gene pool.”

“There’s some people who say you are causing people to die — but I’m not causing people to die. I’m protecting other people’s liberty,” Mr. Schaaf said in a recent interview in his Senate office. “Missouri needs to be the first state to resist, and the other states need to follow suit and protect the liberty of their own citizens.”

Mr. Schaaf’s steadfast opposition has come under sharp criticism from fellow Republicans, including a United States representative, Harold Rogers, Republican of Kentucky, one of eight states on Missouri’s 1400-mile perimeter.

“It’s very selfish on Missouri’s part to hang their hat on this privacy matter,” Mr. Rogers said. “The rest of us suffer.”

Why is it so hard for people to grasp that, in a free society, people are supposed to live by their own decisions and bear the consequences? It is painful to read these moralistic preachers of a police state. “People are powerless victims on their own. They need constant monitoring to make sure they are not abusing their medicine.”

Who wants to live with that kind of attitude? It is suffocating.

[See also: “Is the Drug War being waged on legal prescription drugs for those in pain?]

Read the book of Proverbs some time. While of course we are supposed to help anyone who is in trouble, including those who are addicted to drugs and want help, the fact remains that people have the power to destroy themselves. Proverbs constantly warns about this ability. Nothing is said about a comprehensive spy grid to catch people who are hurting themselves through their own foolishness.

I draw two conclusions from the New York Times piece:

  1. Rob Schaaf is a hero.
  2. The United States is full of people who want the safety of slavery.