Lately a few news stories have been popping up about longtime Republican figures who are coming out in favor of legalizing marijuana – ending prohibition. Most of these folks tend towards the party extremes like the racist xenophobe Tancredo or the homophobe christofascist Pat Robertson.
But there are also the stories like this one about Gary Johnson, potential GOP presidential candidate for 2012:
Gov. Gary Johnson: I Smoked Marijuana from 2005 to 2008
THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
10:25 AM, Dec 6, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
“Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor and a likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate, hasn’t been shy about his support for marijuana legalization or his personal use of the drug during his younger days. “I never exhaled,” he joked in a recent interview with The New Republic. But in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Johnson admitted publicly for the first time that he smoked marijuana more recently—from 2005 to 2008—for medicinal purposes, he says.”
So we have a potential GOP candidate admitting that he smoked pot for three years as recently as two years ago. This is a sea change.
Perhaps the GOP has awakened from its slumber and realized that while supporting wholeheartedly the “War on Drugs” for the last 40 years or so they have been playing right into the hands of the Democratic Party, among whose stalwart supporters are the public service unions. Everyone understands now that the “War on Drugs” is essentially a jobs program for police and correctional officers (public service unions all) and since the GOP at the highest level likens public service unions to a social disease, they have finally spun to the position that the “War on Drugs” is an “expensive failure.” They have finally realized that the “War on Drugs” is serving to strengthen the Democratic Party and its allies.
What of the rank and file of the GOP? They have been told for 40 years of the dire consequences of “drugs.” No problem. The vast majority of the GOP are sheep (perhaps with the exception of a few Tea Party, libertarians and eccentric “conservatives”) and they will quickly believe anything they are told on the FOX blast.
Now the GOP will never become a “Big Tent” party, because fascism can only be spread so thin, but if they adopt a pro-legalization agenda they will weaken the base of the Democratic Party and probably siphon off enough younger (white) yuppie pot smokers to give the Democratic party demographic fits.
The Democrats on the other hand have a problem. Though here in California over 60% of the rank and file of the Democratic Party favors legalization the leadership is publicly opposed to it, obviously because they don’t want to piss off the police and correctional unions. They fear that these unions (and their millions in campaign money) will defect to the GOP should they come out in favor of legalization. The way things stand now this is a serious concern. But if the GOP swings to favor legalization then the cops and prison guards will have nowhere to go. On the other hand, then the Democrats will face rank and file desertions as noted above.
I predict that the Republicans will come out in favor of legalization, and it will be cloaked in the mantle of “personal freedom, ” “fiscal responsibility” and “small government.”
have a peaceful day,
Pot and the GOP
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