It Isn’t A Donut

So Put That In Your Pipe

Posted: January 29, 2014

Liberals, in case we haven’t made this point already, are a strange and curious breed. Time to add “contradictory” to that list of adjectives.

In so many ways, liberals seek to Nanny-State us to death. For the sake of us, the dim and benighted, they have waged war on red meat, trans fats, Big Gulps, and, of course, cigarettes and booze. But when it comes to the really serious stuff, like drugs, they’re willing to let us have our own way. Why not, they say, legalize marijuana?

It’s hard to fathom, as former federal “drug czar” Bill Bennett and his producer, Christopher Beach, explained recently in Politico: “Are we to believe eating a glazed donut is more harmful than smoking a joint?” We darned sure shouldn’t, not when we understand that marijuana is the gateway drug of choice and is known to be as addictive as it is mind-altering.

Granted, liberals are not alone in their approval of Colorado’s experiment with “reefer gladness.” Far too many conservatives are willing to give it a go as well. And their chosen medium — conservatives as well as liberals — is the mixed message. Consider this gem of an example, of which we took note on Monday, gleaned from President Obama’s recent interview with The New Yorker:

“I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life ... I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
Mr. Obama is a father and, by all accounts, a good one. He said he discourages his daughters, Malia and Sasha, from partaking of marijuana. But what kind of a message, pray tell, is he sending them? Sure, smoking pot is a “vice,” but on the other hand ... .  As Messrs. Bennett and Beach wrote, “[t]he same president who signed into law a tough federal anti-cigarette smoking bill in 2009 now supports marijuana legalization.” If cigarettes are no different than pot, then why do the president and his liberal allies want to ban the former and legalize the latter? That’s quite the contradiction.

It’s time to take a serious stand on this issue and decide what kind of country we want. And while pondering that, we should consider the words of the late political scientist James Q. Wilson, which may lend perspective: “The central problem with legalizing drugs is that it will increase drug consumption.”

Put that in your pipe.

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