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“Just Say No” Nancy is dead!

Nancy Reagan’s Dark Legacy

Hugh Crane

Nancy Reagan died on March 6, 2016 at the age of ninety four. She leaves behind a destructive legacy that will likely be with us for some time — Just Say No. Her unfortunate contribution to the War on Drugs seldom gets the negative treatment it deserves. The Just Say No campaign is often looked at as merely another variety of First Lady busy-work. It is anything but that.

Though Nancy Reagan has not been a force in American culture for several decades, her use of young children as props in the government’s Drug War is a lasting effect that has grown stronger with time. Every year, adolescent schoolchildren are bombarded with fear, hysteria, and misinformation about illegal drugs — those substances which the federal government finds more profitable in prohibition than when sold by pharmaceutical…

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