Regarding Ecstasy at the Electric Zoo
I haven't touched drugs in thirty years, but there was a time where I had some bad experiences. I mourn the childish kids who died of ecstasy at the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall's Island.
All the cornballs who are afraid of jail want marijuana legalized. They discount the fact that it often leads to harder drugs. I knew drug addicts who got clean in jail and then went on to lead productive lives.
As a teenager I went to a heroin shooting gallery to buy pot, and the junkies called me a kindergartener. It tempted me to go to heroin to counter their insult, but I wasn't that insane. I started popping Dexedrine and tranquilizers.
Later I popped a few mescalines and almost flipped out. Then I went back to pot and freaked on it. Pot became hallucinatory poison to me. Maybe if you're a dull, unimaginative, ideological liberal, you can smoke pot without hallucinating. If you're like me and are a sensitive poet who has an imagination, you can't smoke it. Pot is for brick-heads, not real artists.
I graduated to cocaine and played a tennis tournament while high. I won the first three games, and then the summer heat sweated all the coke out of my system, and I lost every point.
I quit drugs by flushing two thousand dollars' worth of coke down the toilet. I never looked back. Liberals are not doing drug users any favors by legalizing their downfall.
The fact that alcohol is legal does not mean we need another deleterious method of getting high. We do not need to compound a comfortable ill with another more serious one.
Say no to drugs. Be courageous enough to go against those who go against sanity.