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Re: “The Conservative War on Drug Prohibition

I think that the question we should ask ourselves is; "How much can the government regulate or attempt to control vice, or sin if you will?" I am a Christian, I'm very traditional and conservative, but I am libertarian on the issue of drugs. Like Ron Paul, I think the federal "war on drugs" is like socialism, it doesn't work and it never will. I think the drug issue should be up to the individual states, if some states want to legalize marijuana or other drugs, then so be it. I also believe their is a big difference between a pot smoker and a "druggie." I have friends who smoke pot, some of whom own businesses, and they function just as normally as people who don't. On the other hand, I've had friends who started using hard drugs like crack and meth, and it was an awful sight to behold, very scary. I definitely think reefer should be legal, as far as hard drugs go, I'm not sure where I stand on that. Like liberals, many so-called "conservatives" do not understand human nature. As a Christian, I believe that man is sinful, it is in the fallen nature of human beings to seek pleasure, even if it's in doing things that are bad for us, whether it's smoking, drinking, eating junkfood, etc. Man has been abusing substances since the beginning of time. The Bible tells of this in Genesis 9:20-21; "And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken, and uncovered (naked) in his tent." In other words, Noah got really buzzed by consuming something he grew! So what else is new? I believe the true role of government should be to prevent and punish crime. The government should only intervene if one citizen commits a crime against another. In order for there to be a crime, there has to be (1) a perpetrator, and (2) a victim. So if somebody decides to smoke a joint in the privacy of their own home on their own time, how can that be a crime? They're not bothering or doing harm to anyone else, they should be left alone! Is smoking weed a sin? I don't believe it is if it's used for medicinal purposes, but it is if it's recreational use. (That's my personal belief anyway.) That being said, let the church deal with that, let the preachers preach against it, just like they do against drunkenness. Let each person be governed by their own conscience; if you don't see anything wrong with smoking weed, then by all means light up, but if you think it's wrong, then don't do it. It's that simple. God is the author of our liberties, He gave each of us a free will, to choose between right and wrong, and good and evil. No amount of legislation can change the human heart, only the Holy Spirit of God can do that. People who like to smoke weed are going to do it anyway, and no amount of laws, no drug testing (which I completely oppose for anybody) and no punitive measures of any sort will ever stop it. The original prohibition in this country, for alcohol, ran from 1919 to 1933. It did not work! So in 1937, (the year they made marijuana illegal) they bascially replace one form of prohibition with another. And guess what? That doesn't work either! The phony "war on drugs" is a waste of time and a plundering of the taxpayer. It is a fraud. They only thing it does is to make certain people richer (like drug testing labs, drug cartels, and rehab centers) to keep useless government bureaucrats employed (like the DEA, etc.) and oppress the people. It's time to end this foolish madness once and for all.

Posted by Patriot 1 on July 6, 2011 at 1:18 AM
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