Now, a St. Louis legislator wants you to do the same thing to buy an even more common household item — baking soda — because it's used to make crack cocaine.
Sales of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine, such as Sudafed, are strictly regulated in Missouri. Customers must show a photo ID when they buy the medicine. Pharmacists must log the names and addresses of buyers, including how much they buy. People under 18 may not buy the medicines.
The sponsor of the baking soda bill, Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, D-St. Louis, said the same approach was needed for baking soda because crack cocaine is often produced by dissolving powdered cocaine in a mixture of water and baking soda.
We have abandoned our roots of a free society. Whether it is in the name of protecting us from ourselves, protecting us from whatever demagogued threat the elite conjure up to stay in power, or just in the interest of providing bread and circuses, politicians of every stripe, Republican and Democrat, are under no compunction to follow the tenets of libertarianism.
At one time, the GOP pretended to be a counterbalance to this trend, but the rise of the neocons looks to have ended that, possibly forever. We now rush headlong toward an authoritarian police state, with the only unresolved question being whether it will be a fascist police state or a socialist one. If the GOP wins the day, it will be the former, if the Democrats prevail, it will be the latter.
I don't believe anything short of armed rebellion can reverse this trend. The oligarchy is established. I expect the next twenty years to yield up the sham of democracy we now affect. It will be replaced by the "people's democracies" affected by the openly socialist states like the PRC. The charade of a multi-party system will be dropped entirely.
Everything changes and human society always swings on a pendulum. The only thing unsure is whether anyone reading this will be alive when the pendulum swings back toward freedom.