As the state of California prepares to vote on the legalization of Marijuana I sit here wondering what this means in terms of future drug use. I have heard all of the arguments for and against the legalization discussion and I am not sure which side of the fence I am on with the issue. It brings up one question in my mind:
Would the legalization of Marijuana cause a decline in the use of other drugs such as Cocaine, Heroin and Ecstasy? Would getting high cultivate a continued effort to get a bigger high? They say, and I am not so sure I agree, that pot is safer than tobacco, not habit forming like Heroin and less damaging to the lungs. But what does it do to your ability to drive a car, operate heavy machines or take care of your kids? Do we think Americans are capable of self regulation in a time where self regulation is a joke? Don’t make me point to McDonalds and the amount of severely obese people in the US….which reminds me, pot makes you hungry and gives you the munchies.
It is naive to think that if legalized that people would smoke pot at home, when they were not a danger to others or it affected their work. Are we mature enough as a society to be able to handle this responsibility? I am not convinced, and I think that the answer has to be negative. Even with 1.4 billion dollars in tax revenue I think that readily available legal pot would just cause more grief in the long run, simply because Americans have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are not mature enough to do it safely.
I was reading a story on CNN about Sarah Palin (won’t she ever go away?) and it speaks of her having to build a 14ft fence because some yahoo is writing another bad book about her. I guess this guy moved in next door to her which resulted in this fence going up.
Is this what we can expect from a possible future president? She can’t even manage to maintain relationships with her neighbor, albeit this guy is crazy for moving into the house next to her in the first place. Either way, can you see it? President Sarah Palin today erected a sea wall between Florida and Cuba over a disagreement stemming from which ice cream flavor is the best at Carvel. Citing that previous presidents have erected fences over other silly things such as illegal immigration Sarah Palin had this to say, ” No way tubs of HIS favorite ice cream are going to float over to Florida! Not on my watch”
As the world shrugs, a small grass root population of American hicks rally to her side offering their support and yelling, “The next wall you build is one around that Muslim Terrorist Obama, you know, Saddam Hussein’s brother who is occupying the White House!”
If you do not know about this story already then you have been under a rock for the last few days. I am not sure I am in full light of the story but I have to say, either way, both parties involved took step that were way out of line. The story as I know it is simple:
Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr was trying to get into his upscale house but was having problems with the door. Unable to get in, he tried the back door and forced his way in. A neighbor, called the police because they thought this guys house was being broken into. The cops went to the house and demanded the occupant come out so he could be interviewed and asked for his ID.
Now here is where it gets sketchy and nobody seems to know what really happened. But as I have read it the Professor refused to leave his house, but did provide evidence that it was in fact his house. The police then demanded he go outside the house so he could be interviewed, and at this point the Professor reportedly started in that he was being harassed because he was black, and the cop is white. Stories vary that the cops harassed the Professor and forced their position, in which the Professor got pissed and gave it back to them, and vice versa where the Professor was was at fault.
The question really becomes why is this a Presidential issue? Because Gates happens to be black, and a friend of the president? Was racial profiling involved? Could this have been handled better? I see this scenario:
Neighbor calls cop
Cops show up
Cop asks man to step outside and show proof he lives there
Man steps outside, says “Thank you Officer for responding to the call! Here is my license, I had a problem with my door and all is fine.”
Cop looks over the id, examines the picture. Cop goes back to his squad car, does a background search on the drivers license and makes sure the guy is who he says he is
Cop returns to man, says everything checks out and asks if he needs any further assistance
Everyone shakes hands and the cop returns to duty
Man thanks neighbor for looking out for his well being.
Why is this scenario so outlandish? Why does it always have to be black and white. Clearly both parties handled it bad and I think the Professor and cops should be ashamed of themselves, and Obama should stay the hell out of it and mind his own business. Since he did get involved, instead of backing his friend, he should have backed the COP and reprimanded the friend for over-reacting.
I know people love conspiracy theories, let’s face it. It is fun to argue about certain events and it really can make a believers (or non believers) blood boil. Here are my favorites
The Moon Landing
I think it is safe to say that we did in fact land on the moon.
The JFK Assassination
I believe 100% that the assassination of JFK was a multi-person event. I do not believe the cover story told to America. I wouldn’t be shocked if our own government was involved.
Obama is a Muslim
It wouldn’t matter to me, even as a Muslim (which he is not), he is still better than the McCain/Palin combo
Obama is not an American
He is as American as apple pie
Roswell UFO Cover-up
Hmmm…something is fishy with this story…I just don’t think it was alien fishy…more like test weapon fishy.
Free Masons Rule the World
I am a Mason, I do not rule the world. Wouldn’t want to.
The Philadelphia Experiment
Can you think of some more? I know one big one is the 9/11 attack which conspiracy theorists say that we attacked ourselves which I find absolutely insane. As someone who witnessed the attacks first hand, I just can’t even think that the US Government be capable of such a thing.
There are also some basic beliefs that I find really whacked out, like the Young Earth Theory which states the earth is relatively young (6,000 to 10,000 years old).
I am not claiming to be a political savant but I find it extremely agonizing that the every day citizen is lashing out at President Obama, calling him a liar and declaring that he has done nothing since getting into office. Let’s face some critical facts:
No man can change the nation by himself
No man, no matter how much he thinks he can convince congress of his methods is ever going to get congress to enact his policy without a fight (even if the congress is lopsided to one political party).
No campaign promise is ever going to hold true once the fight and message gets to congress. Why? Because all of the old time politicians have been corrupted by the system. Kickbacks, corruption, and desire to see individual success outweigh what is good for the nation.
No matter how much Obama wants to change things, he is not a dictator who gets to snap his fingers and make political change happen. It is time consuming, agenda pushing, long term commitment to change that is going to win the hearts and minds of all the politicians who are blocking his way.
I truly think a large population of people actually thought that the instant Obama entered the oval office that miracles were going to occur. The economy would be instantly fixed, the job market would open back up, the war in Iraq would end, health care would be reformed, and the education system overhauled. These same people who thought that was possible, are now up in arms that he is doing a bad job. I suggest this:
Go back to watching TV
Continue to not participate in your local PTA
Continue to let television raise your children
Continue to not volunteer in your community
Continue to let greed and personal gain rule your life
Nothing is going to change until the people of this great country make it change. It is time for us to stand up, be active again in our communities, right the moral compass that is so very skewed and be active parents and leaders in our schools. When enough people stand up to make a difference, change will occur, but the lazy continuance of American greed, inaction and lack of effort is just going to continue the moral, economical, and social decline we have been suffering from for decades.
Don’t blame Obama for the mistakes that have built up to our current situation. It is not his fault. Instead, help your community become stronger. Win back your streets, spend time with your kids, educate and instruct the youth by leading by example.