The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. – Frederic Bastiat
As most people are aware there is a proposition on California’s ballot in Novemberto legalize, regulate and tax the use of marijuana for recreational use. Most polls show this measure will pass. Californians are close to deciding, for one reason or another, that the war on marijuana has failed. I agree for many, many reasons. Unfortunately, the federal government does not see it that way.
Eric Holder recently announced that the federal government will continue to prosecute marijuana possession in California. Holder even stated that marijuana crimes are a “core priority”. Now, most rational people have realized that our republic has long been dead. We have a federal government that continues to overstep its constitutional bounds and the constitution is only payed lip-service to during election cycles. This is a little bit different though. This is the next step towards tyranny.
We now have a government that openly says, “we don’t care what ‘the people’ want, we don’t care what laws are passed, we are going to hunt you down in your homes if you do something we don’t like”. Many people argue that we are a nation of laws and if you don’t like it then change the laws… well what recourse is there when laws are changed and bureaucrats and other public servants refuse to obey? That is a strong move towards serfdom (shameless Hayek plug).
Sure, some people may argue that you need to change federal law then. First, there shouldn’t be federal laws in regard to marijuana use unless a constitutional amendment is passed giving them the authority. As it stands now appointed bureaucrats are making and enforcing “laws” with impunity.
Secondly, the government will not police itself. The DEA isn’t going to admit that marijuana is safer than cigarettes or alcohol because that is where they get their funding. The federal government isn’t going to admit that the social costs of drug use and abuse would go down if drugs were decriminalized and abuse was treated as a medical issue because they would lose power, money and control. The incentives are not there, so it is up to the people to change the laws… only the government is openly admitting they don’t care what the people want. The government continues to lie about the harm caused by most drugs and they aren’t going to go back on those lies now.
Lastly, the two party system has failed us when it comes to individual liberties. The party of fiscal responsibility refuses to endorse legalization even though it would significantly help the budget by reducing enforcement costs, housing non-violent offenders, and would raise money through taxation. The party of equality is staying neutral despite huge racial and socio-economic status discrepancies in enforcement and prosecution.
The core argument should be that it is morally wrong to punish someone who has not harmed another person… but both parties long ago abandoned this principle. On the national level the political groups only listen to their loud bases and their corporate supporters. “The people” are not cared about and the system is so rigged and so controlled by the Republicrats that it is impossible for a third party candidate to get elected.
Government officials realize that they have lost every logical argument for maintaining the prohibition on marijuana so they have resorted to force, something they do best.
So what do we do now? What do you do when the government no longer obeys laws, creates its own rules to oppress the people and has rigged the system so that dissenting opinions are either ruled terrorism or marginalized by corporate media? What do we do?