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Holten: Our No. 1 enemy

Let's say that you are really bored, so just for fun you decide to do the dumbest thing you can think of doing, today. What would it be?Would you stand on the tracks and, at the last minute, dive out of the way of a speeding train? Would you eat ...

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Let’s say that you are really bored, so just for fun you decide to do the dumbest thing you can think of doing, today. What would it be?
Would you stand on the tracks and, at the last minute, dive out of the way of a speeding train? Would you eat 62 pancakes while watching presidential election coverage from sunup to sundown? Or would you fly to Las Vegas and marry your best friend’s former cheating wife? Whatever the case, each of the above would easily qualify as being ill-advised.
Apparently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has had a lot of “really bored” days recently because he keeps making imbecilic statements, one after the other, as if he was toppling a pristine setup of perfectly aligned dominos.
The latest is a claim that North Korea has developed a nuclear bomb that can wipe out Manhattan. And I don’t think he means Manhattan, Kan.
Now, during the 1960 presidential television debate, Democratic candidate John F. Kennedy claimed that the Soviet Union had surpassed the United States in the nuclear armaments race, despite the fact that the U.S. had them out-gunned by a ratio of at least 100 to one.
If we were that much more powerful than the Soviet Union at that time, you can imagine how much more powerful we are than little North Korea today. They are, in essence, what you might think of as a fly and we are a fly swatter, fly spray, fly strip and zapper, all in one.
Not to be arrogant, but you’ve got to ask yourself: What is the point? Are we to assume that he simply over-craves world attention, as he destroys his own country and starves his people? Or that he is an idiot who, like Saddam Hussein, will one day find himself cowering in a hole, if he lasts that long.
Of course, in the past we used to be wary of North Korea’s relationship to China and compare it to our own relationship with Canada. After all, wasn’t the Korean War of the 1950s really a struggle between the U.S. and China? Today, as a result of his insane actions, even the Chinese are thinking about swatting that irritating little fly.
Thus, he is currently setting the standard for political idiocy. But there is something even more absurd, half-witted and moronic going on that’ll destroy us all long before Kim Jong-Un ever could, and here’s what it is: according to Worldmeters.com, in the first quarter of this year, which won’t even be completed for another few weeks, we have already spent $80 billion on illegal drugs. That means, by the end of 2016, we will have spent in excess of $320 billion on illegal drugs. And who is the world’s biggest consumer? It’s the U.S., of course.
Imagine the wonderful things we could do with $320 billion?
According to statistics supplied by the National Priorities Project, $320 billion is $255 billion more than the U.S. spends on veteran’s benefits each year, $250 billion more than the country spends on education and $254 billion more than it spends on Medicare and health.
It is also $281 billion more than is spent on energy and environment, $294 billion more than is spent on transportation and $307 billion more than is spent on food and agriculture.
Is that ridiculous?
Plus, according to the U.S. News & World Report, the total worldwide expenditures on cancer are only $100 billion. And you thought cancer was our biggest enemy? Not even close.
Coco Chanel once said, “There are people who have money and people who are rich.”
If you are contributing to our worldwide illegal drug use, you will eventually have neither. And worse, you are in no position to criticize anyone about anything, because you’re an idiot.
Holten is the executive director of the North Dakota Cowboy Association and writes a weekly column for The Press.

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