Downsize DC sent out an alert yesterday in response to the announcement by the Attorney General that he intends to enforce federal drug laws in California even if the people there vote to legalize Marijuana.
Being the slacktivist that I am these days, I copied the content of the letter in the alert, and posted it as my own, changing the text to reflect my state instead of James Wilson’s. It went like this,
If California’s Prop 19 passes, it will mean the voters believe the War on Pot is unjust, ineffective, unworkable, and too expensive.
If Texas passed something like Prop 19, how would you react? Would you follow the will of the people? Or would you want the DEA to randomly terrorize law-abiding Texans?
Attorney General Holder wants to do the latter. If Prop 19 passes, Holder promises to “vigorously enforce” federal marijuana laws in California.
This would be a complete waste of my tax dollars! There won’t be enough DEA agents to effectively enforce the federal laws.
More importantly, most federal marijuana laws – as with most federal drug laws in general – violate the Tenth Amendment. This means that the fraction of pot growers and users who do get arrested in CA will be law-abiding citizens singled out arbitrarily or maliciously by the DEA.
Please speak out against Holder’s plan. Please do so before the election, so I know where you stand.
Cornyn’s mail server, being the mail server for the savvy politician that he is, just auto-responded that he got the letter. I’m sure he won’t have much to say before the election. Senator Hutchison was a different story. Her office sent out a letter of a completely different nature. Her reply follows.
Thank you for contacting me regarding efforts to legalize marijuana. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
As drug use continues to rise in our country, especially among our youths, I believe we need to send a message that all illegal drug use is dangerous. We can win the war on drugs, but we will not do so by legalizing marijuana or encouraging its use for any purpose.
Researchers have found that marijuana use can adversely affect brain activity and the respiratory system, lead to increases in heart rate and blood pressure, and impair critical skills related to attention, memory, and learning. In addition, the harmful chemical in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has been linked to low birth weight and impaired motor development in children whose mother used marijuana.
I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear friend. Such a personal response too. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Yes it’s a form letter, but it’s a form letter that her office felt addressed my concerns. Let’s parse this so that we understand what this response means.
First off, she says “we can win the drug war” a claim that is patently absurd based on the multi-decades long attempt to outlaw drug use, as can be demonstrated by the briefest perusal of the content over at CATO.org. To truly understand the magnitude of the folly we are engaged in, one need look no farther than the history that documents alcohol prohibition, and what a success that endeavor was. Which is why alcohol remain illegal to this day, right?
Then she goes on to list out the harmful effects of marijuana use, the claims of which are highly exaggerated, to say the least. Even so, the harmful effects of alcohol consumption are far greater, not to mention tobacco use. Good thing neither of those can be consumed legally, either.
All of this is beside the point that motivated me to write. While the drug warriors won’t admit it, the writing is on the wall; the War on Drugs is a failure. It’s all over but the crying. I’d like to limit the harm inflicted on the population at large by grandstanding politicians, greedy state and city police forces that see dollar signs every time they confiscate another families entire list of assets if they can only be shown to be dealing drugs, and the ignorant population that doesn’t read up on subjects that they think they have valid opinions on. (that’s right. If you disagree with me, your opinion is invalid. Have a Nice Day!) What motivated me to write was the news that the Federal government (those guys in Washington that our state leaders here in Texas are always whining about) is going to go out of it’s way to victimize Californians that dare to engage in legal activities within the State of California.
…And Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in favor of federalizing Texas law enforcement as well, apparently. If we dare to pass laws that the feds don’t like, that is. Time for a new Senator or two. Perhaps an entirely new Senate is in order. I hear-tell that there’s a movement afoot to repeal the 17th amendment. Perhaps it’s time to reverse that one, just like the one that was reversed and should have stopped all drug enforcement operations in the US. If only they had gone that far then.
Editor’s note, 2019. Repeal the 17th? Hardly. The problem is that democracy has not yet gone far enough in the United States. Not gone far enough to level the playing field so that all citizens, the wealthy and the impoverished alike, have an equal chance at the American Dream. Never mind that the American Dream could stand a bit of revising itself.
The problem in Texas is the crushing abundance of stupid people. That is why the government we get here has so many conmen and stupid people in it. We need to be exporting them to those new plush colonies on Venus.