Aside from the fact that our drug laws have failed miserably, and that there are more drugs out on the streets today than there ever has been. Never mind the fact that this nation now has the highest prison population in the world of which half are there because of drugs themselves. The fact is most libertarians have never even touched the drug, let alone endorse it. Let me point out a few things which Ann Coulter may have over looked in her interview with John Stossel.
Libertarians do not endorse pot. But more than that, they do not endorse heavy handed government that restricts individuals from acting of their own accord on their own private property.
Libertarians do not embrace drug usage. I would identify myself as a libertarian because I believe in personal liberty above all else. The power of the state comes through a force of arms. By making drugs illegal good conservative intentions have created a police state. Morality comes from the individual, not the state. No amount of laws can stop people from acting stupidly. Want to smoke a joint? Have at it, go ahead and ruin yourself, I don’t care, just don’t do it around me. If a theme park were to allow people to smoke joints in their park, I would not go there any longer, and nor would half of its yearly visitors. The great thing about the free market system is that you get to vote with your feet, your money and your conscious. All the government is good for is breaking down peoples doors, shooting their dogs and locking people up. The drug laws in this country are so draconian they have created a Nazi style police state, with all the armed cops and prisons to boot. The conservatives of today parallel the fascist Nazis of Hitler’s Germany in the same way that the liberals of today parallel the communists of Stalin’s Russia. Ann Coulter calls Libertarians pussies because she is confused on what personal liberty really is. I do not associate myself with pot smokers, and I deplore their activities, but I do recognize their right to do so, so long as I don’t have to breath in their smoke. If they want to do it in their own homes so be it. If they want to do it in public, then the private property owners such as theme parks and restaurants have a right to boot them out for their actions. I would advise conservatives not to muddy up the message of personal liberty from libertarians simply because they do not want the government spying on everyone and kicking down peoples doors because of silly little joints. On the contrary to what Ann said Libertarians are one of the bravest groups out there, they argue with everybody and stand up for personal liberties across the board. If the founding fathers were alive today, they would side with the Libertarians at every turn. If the conservatives of today want to gain momentum and start winning more elections, they’d better make an ally out of the Libertarians, instead of butt heads on silly issues such as drugs. After all, we have a communist in the White House who is looking to take away the few remaining freedoms we have left.
Conservatives would do well to make allies with the Libertarians. You do not defeat enemies by making more enemies, you destroy enemies by making as many allies as possible who hold at least a few of your own beliefs.
Libertarians are extremely fiscally conservative, and believe in individual freedom above all else. These two things alone should make conservatives excited in their fight against the socialist democrats.
Do not allow media pundits make you think that the libertarians are just a bunch of pot smoking hippies. This is simply not true, and is a diversion to keep you distracted by RINO’s who seek to coerce you.
The drug war is a trillion dollar failure which has seen the rise of a police state and an overcrowded prison system which dwarfs that of Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. Conservatives would do well to keep a more open mind about what the real deal is with drugs (namely money) and concentrate more on personal freedoms and fiscally conservative taxation and spending.
Do not be used by corrupt media by having your good moral nature used against you to empower corrupt government. Teach your kids that drugs are bad, but don’t support the government using batons against innocent people who have not harmed others simply because they made a silly personal choice to smoke a silly little plant. There is a better way of dealing with our drug problems.
In fact, countries such as Portugal have seen massive drops in crime and overall usage by lifting the ban on drugs. It’s all about perspective and how you go about tackling the problem. Evidently, our government’s heavy handed drug laws have done more harm than good, and should be reviewed.
Personally I’m not interested in marijuana, and I will not allow anybody to smoke it around me. I in no way endorse the drug, and would encourage people not to use it whether it is legal or illegal. I think there are much better treatments out there, such as herbal and food remedies, and I can think of a thousand more fun things to do than getting high. My biggest beef with the whole issue is that nobody should look at themselves as superior to others and have the heavy hand of government do their bidding because they feel they are more righteous than the lowly life forms who practice such a dirty habit. That’s the same kind of thinking that led to the Aryan Race, and the Third Reich. I thought we did away with that kind of absolutism? I think the conservatives would do well to listen to libertarians and not bathe in the same absolute logic that the Nazi’s used during WWII. You can’t fight fire with fire, but you can put it out with logic and tenacity. The libertarians and conservatives have a lot more in common than you think , and they will need to work together in the coming weeks, months and years ahead if we are to reroute the rot of socialism.