Yesterday Governor Kristi Noem retweeted one of the biggest baloney lines from her State of the State Address, Trumpily claiming that South Dakota has a meth problem because we won’t build the border wall:
Meth destroys people. It’s ravaging our communities and families. But meth is rarely made in South Dakota anymore. The vast majority is coming from Mexico. Our meth epidemic is the price we are paying for our nation’s failure to adequately secure our southern border. pic.twitter.com/ZXdCTL1Djm
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) January 10, 2019
Bunk. The meth epidemic is the price we pay for the despair we create by failing to support education, raise wages, and promote opportunity for all South Dakotans here at home.
My friend and EMT Cully Williams seconds that notion, saying that every patient on meth or booze that he’s picked up “has used it as an escape, an antidepressant. Fix the situation, break away the substance, then life is good.”
A Twitter correspondent claims that supply creates demand, but really? If I sneak into your house and put a bag of dog turds in your fridge with a note saying “Yum Yum!”, are you going to eat those dog turds for breakfast and then blame your wife for not locking the door?
Supply is not the problem, not in drug addiction, or sex trafficking, or any other similar problem. The problem is demand… and that’s a harder problem to solve, because we don’t get to blame someone else; we have to acknowledge that we are responsible for our own problems.