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November 1, 2012
“In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”—the words of Benjamin Franklin as read by James Wilson prior to the ratification of the United States Constitution, September 17, 1787
The pro-Amendment 64 forces in Colorado are composed of two kinds of people–potheads, and those who have been duped by potheads. The second group has been duped by passionate, focused potheads into believing that Amendment 64 is about something other than a personal proclivity for getting stoned.
Marijuana is a culture unto itself and the Libertarian Right, along with the traditionally permissive, high-minded Left, have been sucked deeply into the mythology that supports it. I rarely argue with a Liberal Democrat about pot. They’re a known quantity and their arguments are the dated stuff of flower children and communes. But Libertarian potheads, and their dupes, have creatively convoluted concepts of personal liberty into a basis for legalizing pot. Their rational include these doozies:
- Government doesn’t have a right to tell me what I can do with my body.
- Liberty, damnit! It’s about my liberty!
- Pot is just like alcohol, only not as bad.
- Pot has been around since the Garden of Eden.
- Pot is okay if it’s used responsibly.
- Pot is not as bad for the health as tobacco.
- Pot comes from the earth and is natural.
- Pot is not addictive.
- Pot will kill precancerous cells in the lungs (yeah, because it pretty much kills ALL the cells in the lungs).
- Kids won’t get a hold of pot just because it’s legal.
- Sick people suffer without their pot.
- People who aren’t sick should be able to get a hold of pot so they won’t be afraid of getting sick and not having their pot.
- We can call a cease-fire on the War on Drugs if we redefine what is an illegal drug. No illegal drugs, no drug crimes–capish?
- Pot smokers are innocent victims of big government.
- If we regulate and tax pot (creating bigger government) we’ll have more money to give to schools and nuns and unicorns and kittens.
- Pot use does not lead to crime.
- Millions of innocent people are in jail for the victimless crime of doing doobies.
- Millions of tax payers dollars would be saved if the government halted the War on Drugs.
- Millions of Mexican drug traffickers are pouring over the border because they control the flow of pot into the country.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”–John Adams
by Marjorie Haun 11/1/12