Friday, November 14, 2008

Obama and the Prospect of Legalizing Marijuana

The strongest argument against legalization of marijuana is that the Americans would fly off the rails. However, a Democratic president will soon be taking power and the Democratic base is open to such an idea. Moreover, Obama’s hands are tied in ways another leader hands would not be. The war and drugs, especially with regard to marijuana, has had a profound impact on the African American community in the States. If Obama was to toe the standard line in the face of Canada promising to end the war on drugs, he would be in a world of hurt politically. The African American community would not, of course, abandon him, but they would be unhappy and their unhappiness would have the potential to throw his whole presidency out of whack politically. His whole message of being the candidate of change would be called into question.
If the Liberals were to draw out how Obama’s message of change is not consistent with a hard line on marijuana, they should be able to tie Obama hands. As for any noise the Republicans might make, the more noise they make the better it would be for the Liberals. Let Republicans scream their opposition from the rooftops.

After all, Harper has been trying to create distance between himself and his social conservative base and the Bush administration ever since he became Prime Minster. If the Liberals promised to legalize marijuana, not only would Harper find himself in lock step Palin, John Walters, Fox news, the Washington Times, James Dobson, and the faculty at Bob Jones University and rest of the Republican apparatus that Canadians love to hate, but so too would Campaign for Life, Charles McVety and Real Women line up behind him. The Liberals could play the nationalist card and social conservative card all at once. The thought of being able to strike a fatal blow the US war on drugs will make Canadians a little giddy. If that was not enough, on the flip side of things, a legion of rock stars, intellectuals, movie stars, and high brow magazines, such as the New Yorker will line up behind the Liberals. John Stewart would eat such a proposal up. Canada would again be "cool".

Finally, such a promise would tear the Right apart. Libertarians and social conservatives would be at each other's throats and the National Post and great swaths of the Sun Media chain will side with the Liberals on this one! The National Post, Canada's flag ship of Canadian conservativism, has repeatedly called on marijuana to be legalized and has heaped scorn on the Conservative position.

2 comments:

Claire Voiante said...

I am certainly excited about what an Obama presidency will bring to our beleaguered nation. He is very articulate to be sure, and seemingly has the intellect and composure to be successful in the highest office of the most powerful nation on earth. However, I am a little skeptical about his level of experience, alleged ties to unsavory organizations and religious affiliations. I voted for him, primarily because of bitterness at the incompetence of the Bush administration. I remain disenfranchised with America so far in the 21st Century, and came across a political graphic that does a fairly good job in capturing this sentiment.

http://www.cafepress.com/usa21stcentury

raswyahrb said...

it will be a good day come january 20, 2009 when obama takes the oath of office as the 44th president of the u. s.a... the road ahead to fulfill the changes he has promised will be four years long and i trust that with doth majorities in the house and senate he will get the job done...to see the new president sign into law the marijuana decriminalization/legalization bill proposed by barney franks and ron paul would be so sweet... anything that will move this debate foreward in a progressive manner and stop the disenfranchise of the citizens of the planet...if united states lead in the normalization of cannabis/hemp legalization; i believe we will have a more peaceful, greener and cleaner environment to live in... this socal, economic and cultural change will create new oppertunities for the masses held for so long in a so called black market... this one issue; starting with the illegal raids on medical marijuana property that state laws have deemed legal through ballot victories and propositions will end... the state and federal governments can then capitalize on the freed up law enforcement resources to fight violent crimes and terrorism... also the needed tax dollar that this market place will generate to fund health care, education, transportation and energy and other socal programs to help the poor , the needy and the refugees... i believe that dispite the present crisis of the bush administration and the long war on terror ; the new year looks to be a happy one both figuratively and literally... so, happy 2009 to one and all and god speed barak obama to the white house to bring the change we will experience... peace and love , from; raswyahrb...