Saturday, October 10, 2015

It Is Not Time For Everybody To Start Singing The Same Song!

"It is time for all of us to start singing the same song." -- an actual quote from a person who believes that hemp will solve all of the world's problems. Or all of America's problems, or all of the problems of the indigenous peoples of the US. Whose problems would be solved wasn't entirely clear. But can you expect clarity from someone insisting that one substance will solve "all of the problems" someone or some large or small group of people is having? One-issue thinking is responsible for all of our problems! (See what I did there?)

It is time for people to leave each other alone and let them sing whatever song they want to, if and when they feel like singing!

It is time for people in urban areas to move away from big speakers and toward headphones. Of course, people have been doing this for some time. For people who aren't lucky enough to have such polite neighbors: it is time to call the cops less often, and instead look into the state of the art in earplugs.

And all of that is important. But to get to much more urgent business: it is way past time to legalize all drug use for adults, and stop arresting them for drug charges, and set the ones who are in jail or prison on drug charges free. Way past time.

Some people have already been talking about how a lot of the reason for drug laws is that some people are getting rich from illegal drug trade, not just dealers but also crooked enforcers and owners of privately-operated prisons.

Time to get rid of privately-operated prisons NOW.

A lot more of the reason for drug laws is straight-up racism, white people wanting to cage non-whites and finding this a very convenient excuse to have that done. Consciously, sometimes, and sometimes subconsciously. We should talk a lot more about those things, much more loudly and urgently. And about the misinformation on drugs put out by racists like Hoover and Anslinger. And about the CIA dealing crack in Compton, and the other majority-non-white areas where they've surely dealt it and heroin and then helped lock up the people they've been doing drug business with, dealing the same drugs whose illegality they've vocally supported out of the other side of their mouths. We should be screaming our heads off about such things.

Oh, and if you want to know what time it is, unless Joe Biden retires from politics instead of running for President, it's time to Google joe biden war on drugs.

But if you don't want to talk about any of that, that's your business. Now pass me the bong and get out of my face, you scary creep!

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