Obama: No Change on Cannabis, Just Jokes

YouTube Preview Image

Mr. Obama,

I saw your comment about marijuana legalization on your virtual town hall the other night. I have never used illegal drugs, nor would I use them if they became legal. But the prohibition drug policies we now enforce are no better than the alcohol prohibition of the 20s and 30s. They are a drag on our economy, increase threats to our security, and they prevent us from directly addressing the education and treatment needs of drug abusers. Your comments on the town hall expressed a rather cavalier attitude towards the Internet-savvy constituency to which you owe much of your current position of power and influence, and which has much greater access to the facts and the full debate than many Americans still bound to old media. Mr. Obama, I urge you to take a fresh look at the failed War on Drugs. We voted for change last November, and we expect you to govern based on the facts, not on precedent borne of racism, ignorance, and intolerance— which have led us to our current policy.

Comments? Send a tweet to @ironwolf or use the response form.
I can’t respond to everything, but I do read everything!

America, The Drug War Has Failed: Where Is Your Outrage?

America,

The “War on Drugs” has failed. It is not keeping us safe from the dangers that drugs pose, and it only serves to deepen our current economic crisis, increase violent organized crime, and endanger our national security. The evidence of the failure of our existing policy of prohibition is absolutely overwhelming, yet our political establishment still publicly calls for tougher laws, more enforcement, and more prisons. Why? Because you vote for those politicians, and they’re only telling you want they think you want to hear. But America, you have failed to educate yourself: you are ignorant— even willfully so, and you are dancing off the cliff’s edge.

How many of the estimated 40 million illegal drug users in this country will you pay taxes to lock up? Do you realize the magnitude of that task— that it would instantly bankrupt our nation to even seriously try? Even if you could, do you understand the statistical inevitability that in locking up that many people you would destroy the lives and families of numerous people you personally know— productive members of society, very likely in your own family? Do you even care that after 40 years of prohibition and having the highest per-capita incarceration rate in the world, mostly for non-violent drug offenses, we haven’t even made a scratch in the street availability of drugs— that in fact they are more available now than ever?

America, please tell me you’re smarter than that. I’m proud to be an American, and I’ve never used drugs that are currently illegal and have no interest in starting should that change. But my head’s not in the sand either— I know many people will do drugs whether they’re legal or not, and keeping them illegal has only created a dreadful black market and turned our friends and neighbors into criminals.

You don’t need to take my word for what I’m saying. Educate yourself. Listen to the growing number of former professional “drug warriors” who have come to the realization that we as a nation are on the wrong path. They have formed the rapidly-growing organization LEAP: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The facts are on their side. The arguments are on their side. The science is on their side. History is on their side.

(If this embedded video gives you trouble, watch it directly by clicking here.)

YouTube Preview Image http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7528044954153996222

“Let me tell you about the outcomes of legalization. The first outcome is that 1.6 million less people would have to be arrested here every year, which means something very important monetarily to everyone in this room, everyone in this state, which is in deficit spending like all the other states— everyone in this country— because this is what we spend every year to fight this war: $69 billion down the rathole. Useless!” — Norm Stamper, Police Chef (ret.) Seattle WA

“Drug legalization is not to be construed as an approach to our drug problem. Drug legalization is about our crime and violence problem. Once we legalize drugs we’ve got to then buckle down and start dealing with our drug problem. And that’s not going to be easy but it’s something we can do. 50% of adult cigarette smokers have quit in the last 10 years. That’s an amazing success story when you’re talking about the most addictive drug we know about: nicotine. How did we accomplish this wonderful success story? We educated: really got the word out there to people about how dangerous this substance was.” — Peter Christ, Police Captain (ret.) Towanda NY

If we really want to improve our urban neighborhoods, the single most important thing that we could do is end the War on Drugs.” — Mitch Lewis, former city auditor, Syracuse NY

America, where is your outrage? Why aren’t you on their side too? Why aren’t you shocked into action at this colossal, tragic, interminable waste? Why aren’t you calling and writing to your representatives and demanding an end to this madness?

Comments? Send a tweet to @ironwolf or use the response form.
I can’t respond to everything, but I do read everything!

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Separation of Church and State … but Were Afraid to Ask!

fff_header.jpg

First Freedom First is an activism group dedicated to protecting the precious rights of religious liberty guaranteed by the First Amendment. On March 26 they held a special 2-hour simulcast event that vividly outlined their agenda, and the many threats our “first freedom” faces. The show features thought-provoking and moving interviews, as well as musical and comedy performances and celebrity appearances.

Click here to watch the video of the simulcast.

Comments? Send a tweet to @ironwolf or use the response form.
I can’t respond to everything, but I do read everything!

Heretics in Our Government

The letter below landed in my inbox yesterday, and I thought it was worth passing on. I looked up the quotes and they’re real.

Freaky!

*** If you are worried about the fate of our nation, please forward this email to everyone you love! ***

Dear Concerned American Citizen,

Our nation is in dire trouble.

The following quotes, as incredible as it may seem, came out of the mouths of some of the most powerful politicians in America.

These words should concern any Christian person, especially if you intend to vote in the November 2008 Presidential election.

It is CLEAR that this nation is heading down a very slippery slope and into the pits of darkness if we, as concerned Christian voters, can stand by and let this level of blasphemy and heretical thought make its way into our government — let alone the White House itself!

Read for yourself:

HERETIC #1
“The Government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.”

*** This so-called “leader” denies our Christian heritage. Get this: He actually goes to church, but according to a printed quote from his own minister, he’s just faking it!

HERETIC #2
“I have found Christian dogma unintelligible. My pastor used to pray for my conversion, but he never had the satisfaction of believing that his prayers were heard.”

*** This American “leader” claims that Christianity either cannot be understood or is simply not intelligent! THANK GOD he cannot be elected President this year, but he is still thought of as a “hero”!!

HERETIC #3
“As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?…God is an essence that we know nothing of. Until this awful blasphemy is erased, there never will be any liberal science in the world.”

*** “Liberal science”?? This PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE wants liberal science (read: Evolution?) elevated over God, who we “know nothing of.” Can you believe this??

HERETIC #4
“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned. The whole history of the Gospel is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt any enquiry into it…In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.”

*** DUNGHILLS?? This Presidential candidate thinks the Bible is okay in places, and crap in others! That our Bible is “defective” and that its followers have burned and tortured women and children! Do you want THIS MAN running our nation??

HERETIC #5
“For centuries the legal establishment of Christianity had been on trial. What are its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and arrogance in the church, ignorance and an almost slave-like mindset among the masses, and in both camps; superstition, bigotry and persecution.”

*** I bet you can tell this guy was a lawyer before he decided to run for the Senate! He claims that Christianity has been “on trial” for centuries, and according to HIM, it’s been found guilty of making people ignorant and causing violence and bigotry! Can you believe this man wants to be President too?

HERETIC #6
“My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.”

*** Unsound? Of “human origin”? This is utter blasphemy! Who does this man think he is???

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO THESE MEN ARE??

You should! You want to avoid voting for them at all costs!

Scroll down to find out….

 

Heretic 1: George Washington (our first President)
Heretic 2: Benjamin Franklin (inventor, diplomat)
Heretic 3: John Adams (our second President)
Heretic 4: Thomas Jefferson (our third President)
Heretic 5: James Madison (our fourth President)
Heretic 6: Abraham Lincoln (our sixteenth President)

Shocked?

The quotes are real. The only alterations made were to the vernacular. Feel free to Google any of them and verify them for yourself.

Here’s the lesson:

1. Without these men, you would not enjoy the freedoms you have today.

2. Yet, if you are a Christian, YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER VOTED FOR ANY OF THEM.

Let that sink in as you go to the polls this November.

The majority of our Founding Fathers were not Christians. At best, they were Deists, and all these men strongly opposed many if not all aspects of Christianity as we understand it. This is by no means a partial list.

Now, ask yourself this:

“What if Senator Clinton said she found the Bible unintelligible?”

“What if Senator Obama claimed the Gospels were defective and flawed?”

“What if Senator McCain claimed the fruits of the faith were violence and bigotry?”

What would our so-called “liberal” media make of such statements? Front-page headlines! Fodder for mudslinging campaign slogans! Endless debate over whether he or she was a “viable candidate” for the office of the Presidency!

And you? Would you even bother to vote?

Yet only the most naive person would claim any of our present-day candidates could rival our early leaders. From Washington’s fearless leadership to Jefferson’s astonishing intellect, these six “heretics” are in a class all their own. They fathered our Constitution, introduced our Bill of Rights, and established freedom unparalleled in the known world. They literally created democracy, invented the lightening rod, and abolished slavery.

Now, look at the other side:

For eight long years, we have endured a President who would have never appointed one of these “heretics” to his cabinet. A President that has marched us into war against the council of the majority of the leaders in this world and the vast majority of American consensus. A President who has spent over 2 TRILLION dollars in these endeavors, and yet we still have a missing terrorist leader and a faction of Islam that is stronger, not weaker. A President who has, in effect, ordained the death of over 83,000 Iraqi men, women and children.

And yet: A President who openly professes his faith in the Prince of PEACE?

Peace??

What would our Founding Fathers think of such a man, or of the nation who now demands its leaders to be politically correct and of Christian faith?

Ask yourself this: Would you elect a semi-Deist (Washington), a militant Deist (Franklin), a Unitarian (Adams), a man who wrote his own version of the Bible to clarify his Deistic beliefs (Jefferson), an Episcopal back-slider who later converted to Deism (Monroe), or a Deist who later professed his affinity for Free Thought and Agnosticism (Lincoln)?

Think about it.

Then vote.

Comments? Send a tweet to @ironwolf or use the response form.
I can’t respond to everything, but I do read everything!

10 Things to Know about McCain

mccain0508.jpg

Below is a release from MoveOn.org, along with my personal thoughts on the issues it raises. Although at this point I hope to vote for Barack Obama in November, I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I am a Libertarian— that is, I believe in self-governance in both personal and economic issues. I think the only way our country can move in the right direction is via a constructive, rational discourse among all Americans. A key prerequisite to that dialog is a consistently high level of education— something I find dangerously lacking among our people.

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):

1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws. [1] [2]

My take: I oppose “affirmative action” based on race or gender, although I do see a role for the government in helping economically disadvantaged people receive a good education.

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make Cheney look like Gandhi.” [1] [2]

My take: We need to rein in the hawks and focus more on the use of diplomacy. McCain’s war-based stances will not help America regain its reputation or ability to project “soft power,” and will not help us recover our fiscal equilibrium.

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban. [1]

My take: Torture (including euphemistic terms like “stress interrogation techniques”) is counterproductive, among other things creating new enemies and providing false information. If Americans want to see ourselves as the “good guys” then we must hold ourselves to a higher moral standard than our enemies.

4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.” [1]

My take: Abortion should be minimized (via education about ways to avoid unwanted pregnancy and voluntary adoption programs) but it should not be criminalized. Research on early stage human embryonic cells should not be hindered.

5. The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill. [1] [2]

My take: I don’t see any good way to justify decreasing spending on children’s issues in the name of “fiscal responsibility” when the level of waste, fraud, and abuse in the military-industrial sector are at an all time high. It just reeks of hypocrisy.

6. He’s one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations. [1] [2]

My take: The blame for the housing crisis must rest both on the greed and irresponsibility of both lenders and borrowers. The only long-term “solution” to the housing crisis is better education, and stronger oversight, of both.

7. Many of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.” [1] [2]

My take: Passion can be a good thing, but temper tantrums are not. The decision to go to war in Iraq was based on irrational thinking and impulsive emotions on the part of our leaders. It’s time to go the other direction.

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates. [1] [2]

My take: The closer a politician gets to real power, the more the taint of special interest money seems impossible to avoid. Ultimately, the only check on this is transparency in government— something that does not seem to be a priority for McCain.

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley, believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the Antichrist” and a “false cult.” [1] [2] [3]

My take: The extremes of any religion are major threats. Islam will need to undergo major reform in order to participate in civilized society, and the extremist elements of Christianity must continue to be criticized and marginalized. Most politicians pander to religious extremists, but the degree to which they seem to agree with those extremists is often what’s really frightening. Where McCain really stands here is unclear, and it would be to his advantage to (as Barack Obama has) publicly distance himself from inflammatory statements made by those high profile religious leaders that endorse him.

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year. [1]

My take: Damage to our environment is one of the key threats facing humanity, and must now be front and center with anyone who seeks public power. Anyone who flaunts this issue, yet seeks the most powerful office in the world, is unfit to lead.

Comments? Send a tweet to @ironwolf or use the response form.
I can’t respond to everything, but I do read everything!