"I hope" you say, we "have a chance of getting back to some semblance of a free country."
I fear the more communitarian 'advocates' we have, the less chance of that.
Believe me, had these parent's not been getting high, and they were treating their children the same way, you would still agree they should be taken out of the homes.
But sadly, it is the drugs alone that make these parents so dangerous for their own kids. Parent that would sell their own childs bodies for access to drugs. Parent who let their 5 year olds take care of themselves for days at a time.
It's down right horrifying, and just about every single one of them, when you talk to their relatives, they tell you that they were never that way, until they got on the meth, or crack or whatever hard drug it is.
If you legalized it, they would still not be able to afford it legally, because they would still be high all the time, and without a job. Hell, if you made it legal alot of them wouldn't have a job because the local drug store would take over. Then they would do even more desperate things for the drugs.