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by Bonnie Colleen McCool
Many of today's leaders seem to have minds
like concrete; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
"Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty
to the government when it deserves it," as my mentor Mark Twain put it.
There is nothing kinky about ethics.
Ethical people and governments can make dollars and sense. When will ethics
rule sex, drugs and politics?
Official lawlessness and violence
runs riot around the globe; people just disappear. Amnesty
on the disappeared of this world are very disquieting. How
can we stop violence in our society? Protective restraining orders fail to
do the trick too often.
Take heart, the American dream comes directly
from God and God has the power to accomplish it. Spirit filled leaders are
channels for Good Orderly Direction! The "Spirit of '76" was and
is the Holy Spirit! Return to these roots and the task ahead of us will never
be as great as the Power behind us! Ethics
will rule America. and we will be a true example of liberty to the world.
America is not supposed to
be a centrally planned economy with guaranteed employment for everyone, as
long as they do what they are told by the state. A state of authoritarian
tyranny is what that is called. Every one of us is in jeopardy of losing our
freedom to think, speak and act. King George of England inspired the rebellion
America out of the dark ages of war by returning to our roots of self-government;
free of tyranny and oppression..
and free trade in goods and knowledge
create a world of abundance. America deserves to have an ethical, efficient,
and constitutionally limited government. Here
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Prisons propagate sexual abuse, violence and
crime. Placing nonviolent drug users in this "breeding ground" is
policy bordering on insanity or reefer madness! Televangelist and former Baptist
Robertson has seen the light!
Many have been turned away from the church
in the past because of the drug question. In the name of justice and humanity,
wise church leaders know respecting individual rights and treating drug abusers
as patients instead of criminals is the answer.
All major religions believe that life
is sacred. The war on drugs devastates
the lives of drug users and their families. People
of all faiths and goodwill can stand together for more just and compassionate
alternatives to the current senseless policy. What does the
Bible say about cannabis?
We have freedom of religion, all faiths are
welcome here, but we have separation of church and state to keep the government
out of moral issues. That is how our founders set things up based on Jesus'
teachings. Our constitution is a plan to create
the land of abundance in Bible prophecy
Hits for Jesus," is right on, about religious freedom. Holy smokes,
cannabis is often used as a sacrament. Why does that scare people of faith
instead of excite them? It is down right sinister, a crime against humanity,
for the healing properties of cannabis to be suppressed!
Hits 4 Jesus," Alaskan high school student, Frederick's banner was
a perfectly nonsensical poke at our irrational policy. Or was it? (Continue)
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Parents or students do not necessarily hold
the same values as the politically and economically powerful who run our government.
A separation of school and state might be in our future to insurestudents
of free speech and a propaganda free education.
Carl Sagan said, "The illegality of cannabis
is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce
the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed
in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
America gets an F in two out
of three public safety indicators comparing world governments' statistics
concerning homicides, assaults and thefts The US is a material world so we
get just above average marks for protection from and solving thefts. Where
our government fails is in protecting us from and solving homicides and assaults.
Switzerland and Netherlands
do a much better job with their violent crime. Their drug laws help lessen
the harm to society by triggering less assaults and homicides. Their teen
drug use is down. Could it be because they live in a safer, saner world? Maybe,
but California's teen use of marijuana is down so maybe it has more to do
with drug sales being handled by legitimate business people less likely to
sell to a child or to recruit a minor to sell to their peers.
Science based, fiscally prudent, and compassionate
public policy is the wave of our future. I see our Legislatures acting decisively
to prevent the spread of AIDS by allowing needle exchange programs, as a turning
point to letting all drug policy be governed by science and compassion.
We may finally get a
needle exchange bill to pass in Texas in 2009! We are the only state in
the union that doesn't allow their operation. Its chief opponent in the House,
Rep. Diane Delisi, now retired, refused to allow a vote on the bill in her
committee last year. Texas Representative Ruth Jones McClendon, in the final
hour of last session attached an amendment to budget bill (SB 10) authorizing
an ill-fated pilot program in San Antonio.
The costs of HIV are unconscionable, and needle
exchange programs do a good job of reducing both disease and overall cost.
SB 188 was passed out of committee on a prompt, 5-1 vote.
A study by the Department of State Health
Services estimates that needle exchange would prevent 100 new HIV infections
per year at an average savings to the state in indigent health care costs
of $385,000 per case.
Most people are responsible drug users and
practice safe sex. Adults deserve the right to choose safe sex even if incarcerated.
Providing addicts with clean needles and making condoms available to prisoners
is safer for us all. Almost half of HIV-infected State prison inmates at end
of 2004 were in New
York, Florida and Texas.
Maybe these aren't leaps
but they are definitely wonderful first steps to making science based, fiscally
prudent, and compassionate public policy the wave of our future!
Restore justice in America; construct science
based drug policies about saving and rehabilitating instead of ruining lives.
Move America out of the dark ages of war by returning to our roots of self-government;
free of tyranny and oppression.
Support for the federal war on drugs is inconsistent
with support for individual freedom, constitutional government and the teachings
French researchers report; Cannabis
ingredient may prevent Mad Cow Disease. A Polish woman grew marijuana
to calm the nerves of her cow and has been charged with cultivating a narcotic.
The rowdy cow once broke someone's arm. After a friend suggested mixing cannabis
in with its feed, "The cow became as calm as a lamb," the 55-year-old
woman said, according to the PAP news agency.
The drug war has made the US a prison kingdom.
has the highest incarceration rate in the world! We have ten times the
incarceration rate of Communist China!
U.S. police arrested
an estimated 1,702,537 persons for drug related violations in 2008, according
to the latest FBI annual Uniform
Crime Report. Simple possession arrests were 82.3 per cent of total and
marijuana violations made up 44.3 percent of all drug arrests.
across the US 36.4% of the murders, 59.6% of the rapes and 45.1% of the
aggravated assaults became cold case files! The cumulative effect of this
is horrendous. While we police individual social and medicinal use of drugs;
murderers and violent sexual predators roam free.
"After millions of people arrested and
incarcerated, it is clear that the "war on drugs" has reshaped the
way America responds to crime and ushered in an era of instability and mistrust
in countless communities." According to a new report from the
Sentencing project, a half million poor souls are presently incarcerated
for drug offenses. Drug abusers deserve medical help. Instead we lock them
in prison, a breeding ground for crime.
According to a report by the
Pew Center on the States, at the start of 2008, 2,319,258 adults
were held in American prisons or jails, or one in every 99.1 men and women.
Texas beat out California as the nations prison leader.
"A close examination of the most recent
U.S. Department of Justice data (2006) found that while one in 30 men between
the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, the figure is one in nine for black
males in that age group. Men are still roughly 13 times more likely to be
incarcerated, but the female population is expanding at a far brisker pace.
For black women in their mid- to late-30s, the incarceration rate also has
hit the one-in-100 mark. In addition, one in every 53 adults in their 20s
is behind bars; the rate for those over 55 is one in 837."
Problems don't go away just because the government
makes them illegal; they go underground, creating a black market, causing
worse problems. Sellers arm themselves since they cannot rely on police protection,
they form gangs, recruit minors to sell to their peers, charge monopoly prices
and kill the competition. Customers steal to pay the high prices.
Marc Emery, Willie Nelson, Michael Phelps
and other buds punished for a safer choice, are true American heroes. They
are rebels with just cause taking
a stand for freedom; as our founding fathers did. Remember, those brave men
who defined what a patriot would be. Harassing responsible citizens is un-American
activity! Texans who seek change keep
up to date on cannabis policy.
Responsible adults deserve the right to choose
their own social or medicinal intoxicant. We deserve the right to the best
buy on our medicines worldwide. Americans deserve better protection from violence,
especially our children and babies! We deserve better protection from fraud,
especially government moralizing and propaganda.
Vested interest's hype surrounding
hemp, another variety of cannabis or marijuana, has overshadowed the plant's
benefits as a source of paper pulp and substitute for other wood products,
its uses as a cotton and biodegradable plastic substitute, its nutritional
uses and more.
These are real
snake oil salesmen catering
to the needs of special interests and
our corrupt, sold-out government, prefer to incarcerate more of our people
than any dictatorship in the world, incite terrorists by forcing senseless
policy on other nations, destroy our national forests, cause global warming
and have us all using poisonous products instead of the beneficial and virtually
harmless plant, cannabis or hemp.
Fear mongering and war runs their gravy train!
Current policies destroy families and official
lawlessness rules. Alcohol makes
domestic violence 8xs more likely, cannabis does not. Taking children
out of homes of nonviolent cannabis users and placing them in homes in which
alcohol is the drug of choice is policy bordering on insanity!
Americans deserve policies
that build family bonds instead of destroying
them. Our children deserve an education free of lies, half truths, innuendoes
and any similar government propaganda.
"Freedom to make bad decisions is inherent
in the freedom to make good ones. If we are only free to make good decisions,
we are not really free." US Congressman Ron Paul notes.
As long as there is a demand for illicit drugs
they will be made available. As long as work is available; they will come.
As long as people are physically able to make love; they will! The free market
with its laws of supply and demand always manages to carry on; no matter what
new laws are written to slow the process.
Celebrate our similarities; instead of prisons,
build bridges of tolerance to differences in religion, race and lifestyle.
Change to a more compassionate policy about rehabilitating all but the most
hardened. God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So
why should we? Except to protect our selves from violence or fraud we could
adopt a policy of live and let live.
testing has shown our judgment to be totally unreliable! In case after
case corruption or ineptness has found innocent people guilty of murder and
allowed the real predator to roam free. So many of the incarcerated are mentally
ill, nonviolent drug offenders or the innocent; very few should be in prison!
We all agree drug abuse is a problem! Reformers
say there is a better way to handle it. Treatment of drug abuse saves people
and money. The statistics reveal that racism is epidemic in the drug war.
African, Hispanic and other minority Americans are needed to work for reform!
After someone has served their time, they
should not have to admit to a nonviolent felony drug conviction on work applications.
Maybe make that illegal to ask just like race, age and religious questions.
How much do we owe in reparations to all nonviolent drug offenders?
If our mission was to build a
paramilitary style police force, huge prison industry and a totalitarian
state, by George we've done it! War creates a booming economy for some on
the suffering of many. Drug warriors are so befuddled by the noble idea of
preventing drug abuse, they ignore the lessons of history.
No legitimate business lasts long if it kills its customers or shoots the
competition. No legitimate business would sell drugs to children or recruit
minors to sell to their peers. This happened during alcohol prohibition. Once
again, today, prohibition triggers more
danger to the user and society by increasing violent crime and corruption
of public officials. Meth will go away like bathtub gin with regulation.
Recent bar raids bring back shades of the '20s Speakeasies. Less people who
hit skid row or stoop to prostitution would get stuck there if we had more
compassionate policy offering helpful treatment.
We have accomplished a scary amount of collateral
damage beyond that caused by abuse of drugs. Drug abuse, including alcohol
and pharmaceuticals, etc. is a medical problem and we'll do a better job preventing
overdose deaths, of keeping kids drug free and inebriated folks off the road
by offering helpful treatment.
When the innocent, the nonviolent unarmed or our officers are injured or killed
in prohibition-triggered violence it is especially disturbing because our
policies are causing a scary amount of collateral damage beyond
that caused by abuse of drugs. "We just have to keep our guard up for
the 1 percent that your mother always warned you about," said Capt. Andrew
Lewis, Bay City's lead investigator.
Ninety-nine per cent or most people are nonviolent.
Yet, all of us need to keep our guard up. Be careful of the situations we
put ourselves in; be safe, make responsible choices. Our policies need to
encourage such behavior! Instead we arrest those like, Willie Nelson and buds
responsible, safer choice!
believe in self government and self medication!
Concerned citizens want a safer world. Put
people in prison for violence and fraud but with compassionate treatment hopeful
of rehabilitation for all but most hardened. Most people are responsible drug
users. Prohibition triggers a scary amount of collateral damage to our precious
lives and resources. Stop drug prohibition, its violence and corruption.
The Controlled Substances Act is one of those
bad laws like the Fugitive Slave Act and the Volstead Act. When juries refuse
to convict on "drug crime," drug warriors will be politically dead
bodies. Jury nullification is a constitutional power tool we the people pack!
The military and law enforcement
have recruitment problems because current policy attracts those interested
in working in a corrupt system and milking it, thereby creating a pervasive
disrespect for the law.
Our system could run with
the milk of human kindness, if America had the ethical, efficient and constitutionally
limited government; our founders envisioned.