Thursday, January 15, 2009

Republicans and Democrats are Both Wrong

As of 8:30 this morning (central time) there is only seven and a half hours to vote on Change.org for policies that you would like to see put in place. Though I am quite confident that the only policies that will go through are the ones that the Obama Administration already plans on implementing, I think it is great that Legalize the Medicinal and Recreational Use of Marijuana is holding a whopping 5,000 vote lead with nearly 19,000 votes as I write.

On another note, End the War on Drugs mysteriously disappeared from the site. It was consistently in the top 10 ideas (by votes), but of course the Obama Administration could not adress such a radical idea and therefore removed it, hoping that no one will notice besides "the radicals" who think that our drug policy has been an epic failure.

The best (or worst?) thing about this issue is how it does not matter which party is in power, both are opposed to it, while I will say the Republicans are much more opposed to legalization than the Democrats. Both parties are wrong! This issue is similar to other policies where the majority of both parties have been consistently wrong: monetary policy, foreign policy, and spending (when Republicans had the majority just a few years ago, spending increased Incredibly. Most of it was Pork-Barrel spending, which is probably why it was ironic that McCain was saying he wanted to end that spending, as it was increased drastically while he was a Senator!).

So, where do you turn when both parties are taking the wrong stance on important issues? I aggressively support Republican Candidates who get the issues right, but I will never hesitate to support a third party when the Republican candidate for whatever office it may be has the wrong stance on many issues, and oftentimes will defend these positions.

And people wonder why so many across the country are obsessed with Ron Paul? Or why Michelle Bachmann is likely to continue to receive increased support and exposure nationwide? Or how B.J. Lawson, A Ron-Paul Republican funded his campaign nearly entirely by small donations from voters across the nation? It really is not that complex.

3 comments:

dane said...

Change.org must be getting heavy traffic because I had a tough time getting in, but I was able to get my vote in for the "Legalize the Medicinal and Recreational Use of Marijuana" proposal. I have no personal interest in marijuana, but I do not weigh the validity of an issue on how it pertains to my personal life, but rather, on how it impacts the balance of power/liberty/responsibility between the individual and our government. No matter what the question, individual liberty is ALWAYS the answer...

Great posting lately, btw...

DC said...

Yeah I have been having trouble the past couple days getting into the site as well.

Don't get me wrong - I do not want marijuana to be legalized for my own personal use, but that should have no bearing on the issue anyway. Some who I have talked to think it's just "potheads" who want this to happen, but it definitely is not. So I absolutely agree with you.

Thanks for the comment!

-DC

dane said...

Interesting. Change.org listed their top ten today, but put them in "no particular order".

Do you think it is because the Legalization of Marijuana issue was the top vote getter? Makes me laugh. I guess everyone twists information to their biases. My guess is that the people at Change.org don't think the Obama administration would consider changing anything on that one anyway...

Creating real change requires thoughtfulness, courage and requesting people to take personal responsibility for themselves. Those are things too outlandish to expect from government...