Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Legalize It" and public space

Y'know, I have nothing against people smoking pot if that's their thing, but I don't want to be randomly confronted with clouds of pot smoke as I make my way through downtown as a pedestrian. I'm very sensitive to that shit, and I don't appreciate the secondary 'high'.

Pot should not be treated like cigarettes in terms of open public use. It's bad enough on my nose and lungs since smoking was forced to become a 100% outdoor phenomenon by our enlightened lawmakers, but pot is a drug. I don't wish to be involuntarily drugged because someone else needs to exercise their rights at the expense of mine.

If it's going to be legalized, do it the Dutch way and make it illegal in public, but legal in your home and in 'coffee shops'. That way, everyone's freedom is served as much as possible.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A response to Mitch Stewart's most recent 'scare-mail' from Organizing For America

(in which I address his claim that the Republicans are going to steal the upcoming election via "...the Chamber of Commerce, a right-wing group spending $75 million to beat Democrats this fall, and reportedly taking money from foreign corporations -- some even owned by foreign governments.

These groups are trying to buy our elections, backing candidates who want to tear down everything that makes the middle class strong in this country: things like Medicare, Social Security, even the minimum wage.")

Dear Mitch,

These scare-mails are getting pretty tiresome. I am one of the apparent minority of Democratic-supporting voters who still believe in Obama, and certainly that he has not had enough time to reverse the damage caused by three decades of corporate collusion under Democratic 'oversight', and outright destruction of the country under Republican 'leadership'.

I believe in Obama (though not particularly in his economic advisers), to be quite frank, but I am not buying into the fear-mongering from either political party. Why can't Obama seem to get the Dems to line up behind him, and present the kind of united front for which the Republicans have become famous? Why can't he get together the votes and legislation to reverse the power-grab represented by the recent lawmaking that created exactly what the e-mail to which I'm responding deplores?

It's high time the Dems took off the kid gloves and started playing some good ol' Chicago-style politics. I'm sick to death of watching the Republicans, all too glad to use the Tea Party human-shield-style, take over the discussion and the airwaves, in another brazen attempt to financially finish off the bottom 80% of the population. The Dems are IN POWER for God's sake, and they appear perfectly content to just sit by and let this shit happen! My $25 or $50 donation is not going to stop it if the political will of the RULING PARTY is missing. All the citizen bravery in the nation isn't going to help it if our cowardly representatives are more interested in job security and corporate-fueled warchests than their so-called constituents and the future of our country.

sincerely,

Mike Carlson
Seattle