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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:

     These arguments are ruses cleverly concocted in the craniums of people who like their pot. Pot smokers who don’t have the special RX card, or who live in states where it’s generally illegal, suffer a measure of emotional discomfort when they light up, knowing that their job could be in jeopardy, or they could be arrested and their lives disrupted.  These are people who have a psychological addiction–and possibly physical addiction–to marijuana and can’t find any good reason to quit.  And they would like the psychological discomfort that comes as a result of their favorite pastime having an “illegal” status to just go away. They’ve built an underground culture around their favorite herb, and every election cycle they come up with new and improved rationale for why the pot should be legalized. Like zombies clawing themselves up from a graveyard, the marijuana underground is surfacing. Medical pot pushed the door ajar, and Amendment 64, Colorado’s “Regulate Marijuana Like alcohol Act of 2012,” will kick the door wide open to the full-blown cultural and civic endorsement of a High-Times society.
      As for the misleading title of the Amendment 64 initiative, alcohol and marijuana are not alike so it’s fallacious to believe they can be dealt with by government in similar ways.  American culture has established no norms for the acceptable use of pot either in homes where there are children, or in social places.  The pot culture has never been widely accepted, and never will be so long as we remain a majority Jude-Christian society. It’s ridiculous to believe that parents could ever model the “responsible use of  marijuana” for their children. The stigma against pot will not suddenly disappear simply because the wording in the Colorado Constitution is changed.
     The social stigmas that inform people that marijuana and other drugs are corrupting and destructive to the civil society exist primarily to protect younger generations.  You can neutralize all the arguments for legalizing pot–see the list above–with the simple fact that to smoke pot is an immoral act which weakens the spirit, injures the mind and body, and inevitably harms children.
      When Benjamin Franklin spoke of people becoming so corrupted they would need a despotic government, he was speaking of moral corruption and social decay.  Social Libertarians heed this warning: As people become morally weak and physically dependent up drugs they are less capable of maintaining their own lives and guarding their own liberties, and so government must naturally expand to prop up the morally weak, and protect those upon whom they prey, and the children they neglect.  Common sense dictates that the legalization of marijuana is a bad thing for individuals–especially children–and the society at large.
     The dupes–and many good, rational people have fallen for the persuasive precis of potheads–have bought into the big, corrupting lies hidden by seemingly rational and benign arguments for legalizing pot. Virtually all of the Founding Fathers warned us of how our individual liberty and national strength were wholly dependent upon our personal and institutional morality.  Marijuana is a corrupting influence and should remain illegal.

“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

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