Today is an exciting day for theHumaneCondition.com, we have broken all our previous viewership records (over 600 since Monday morning!!) and on top of that we have a new contributor. He is the president of the Libertarian club at Virginia Tech and a friend of mine, Eric Smith. His submission for today has a short background story that I will tell first.
Eric was made aware of comments made by a particular representative of Young Democrats. He felt that this comment was indicative of the current “‘liberal” movement and that many Democrats remain uninformed about their own party’s official stance on many issues typically associated with “liberalism”, including but not limited to the criminalization/legalization argument in regards to Marijuana. We understand that the media has the right to print what it wants, and we know that no other mainstream journalists will ever call attention to liberal bias. We are not out of options.
We also have our own outlet. I am proud to feature Eric’s editorial on theHumaneCondition.com today. There is still journalism out there, but they seem to be limited to those who do not get paid.
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Here is the article, written by Eric Smith:
For College Students: Democrats are the Past, Libertarians are the future
“Legalized 420 will lead to massive crime on our streets and a nation of pot addicts…. If Libertarians controlled the country, we would be living in a third world country.”
~Jack Bardo, Southwest Chair at Virginia Young Democrats
No, seriously, he said that. In response to criticism on Facebook of his proposed “Obama Campaign Kickoff” at Virginia Tech, mostly centered around the fact that Obama has made Bush look ‘liberal’ when it comes to civil liberties and the War on Drugs, Jack seriously argued that legalizing marijuana would be tantamount to legalizing murder. Now why would a ‘liberal’ sound like he was pandering to Bible Belt social conservatives? Well, if I had to guess, it’s probably because he is so eager to defend President Obama that he has cast reason, principle, and logic aside.
There is a lot of truth to the line of thinking behind, “Only Nixon could go to China”, but it fails in defense of the current President. Sure, a ‘liberal’ Democrat legalizing, or even being soft on, drug policy could be destroyed by a Republican in his re-election campaign. That said, Obama did not just continue the status quo in the failed War on Drugs. No, instead, Obama has been far worse than Bush with regards to wasting taxpayer dollars to ban the sale and possession of pot.
“I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,”
-Barrack Obama, Campaigning in 2008
He was referring to raiding medicinal marijuana dispensaries in states where that is legal. Campaign Obama was a great guy, with all that “Hopey Changey” stuff, but things have only changed for the worse. Rolling Stone’s scathing article on Obama’s marijuana gaffe sums things up perfectly,
“With more than 100 raids on pot dispensaries during his first three years, Obama is now on pace to exceed Bush’s record for medical-marijuana busts. “There’s no question that Obama’s the worst president on medical marijuana,” says Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “He’s gone from first to worst.”
College students flocked to Obama in record numbers in 2008 in part because of his statements on marijuana policy. Many others were attracted to him because he seemed so strong on civil liberties. Which should make sense because, obviously, college students do not like the idea of their government wiretapping their phones or hacking their computers without a warrant. Despite this, Obama reneged on his campaign promise to revise or completely repeal the Patriot Act. Here again, however, one could make a very good argument that Obama was worse than even Bush on civil liberties. For example, Obama signed the unprecedented NDAA, also breaking his campaign promise on “signing statements”, allowing for the indefinite detention of foreign nationals without trial and, arguably, the same for U.S. citizens. We could go into the particulars of the failures of Obama on a wide range issues related to civil liberties, for example GITMO, Bradley Manning, torture policy, etc.; however, his entire philosophy on civil liberties can and should be summed up by the murder of Abdul Rahman al Awlaki. Abdul was the son of noted terrorist Anwar al Awlaki, but nonetheless he was a U.S. citizen who should have entitled to the protections of the U.S. Constitution. Instead, the Obama administration decided to be judge, jury, and executioner when it ordered a Hellfire missile strike directed at the young 16 year old boy. Obama is the first president in U.S. history to assasinate a U.S. citizen, or at least openly admit to it.
Why is it that establishment Democratic and Republican politicians never seem to care about the will of their constituents? The answer is quite simple: we are not their constituents. Their constituents consist of slimy corporate lobbyists and party leaders. Obama’s campaign is fueled by the same Wall Street crony capitalists that pushed Bush into office, and they’re playing two hands by backing Mitt Romney as well. The two party system is beyond broken, and both parties are happy to keep it that way.
Libertarians are not politicians, we are philosophers who use science, morality, and reason to manipulate the political arena to allow for a return of individual freedom. A police union cannot buy a libertarian politician to vote for furthering the drug war as it is against everything he or she believes in. An Evangelical PAC cannot buy a libertarian’s vote to stop gay marriage and further hinder the efforts of the LGBT rights movement. Likewise, no libertarian would sign his name next to anything like the Patriot Act or the NDAA, signing statement or not. Unfortunately, this principled, just, and admirable approach to politics is exactly the reason why libertarian politicians fail -we don’t get millions of dollars of campaign contributions from special interests.
Fortunately, as is evident from Ron Paul and Gary Johnson’s campaigns, the youth vote is becoming more and more libertarian. If we look only at the 18-30 age bracket, Ron Paul has won many of states in the GOP nomination process, some by a landslide. College students are waking up to the pandering, lies, and broken promises of the Democratic and Republican Parties. That is why I think the future of the youth vote lies with libertarians.
President, Libertarians at Virginia Tech