By Nathan Barton
Who said this?
“If we don’t take action and hold President-elect Trump accountable, in one fell swoop, the federal government could damage state economies, and discourage entrepreneurship—placing some of our innovators behind bars, all while eroding states’ rights.”
You are not to be faulted if you think that HAD to be some right-wing GOP or minarchist libertarian type, right? “The FedGov is bad; states’ rights are good. Economies and free enterprise are important.
But you’d be wrong. Because the subject is marijuana and the expectation that Attorney General-Nominee Jeff Sessions will come down hard on pot. And the person saying this is the hard-core statist and liberal/Tranzi Representative Jared Polis, Democrat from Colorado, according to Politico. That’s right: a left-wing Democrat.
When you get right down to it, its is passing strange that modern Dems are as pro-MJ (and recreational drugs) as they are. It was, after all, during the FDR administration that the war on some drugs really got started (although they blame Tricky Dick for escalating it). And every Dem president since then (Truman, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, and the current squatter) has done very little to cut back.
But it is even stranger to find a Tranzi like Polis defending entrepreneurs, innovators (in business), and states’ rights. At least in 2016.
At the end of the War for American Independence (the FIRST American Civil War) it is reported that British Army bands played “The World Turned Upside Down” when Cornwallis surrendered his defeated army to American and French troops under General Washington at Yorktown. I’m sure there are many versions of that song on YouTube. Play it for your statist, political friends, both conservative and liberal. And be prepared to duck. I’m sure that they won’t take it in good fun.
(Interesting, isn’t it? We are in the middle of the Saturnalia (17-23 December), a Roman festival in which society was turned “upside down” – gambling was freely allowed, masters served meals to servants, and masters could be disrespected by servants. Sounds like the current political scene, no?)
But it really is NOT that the political chaos is that much different from the past. The GOP and Dems, and traditional (and neo-) conservatives and new (not classical) liberals and progressives have always had more in common with each other than with anyone who really loves liberty in both word and deed. And both the statist sides have long stolen rhetoric from those who loved and fought for liberty, from Moses and Jesus to Jefferson and Harry Browne.
They will (and DO) say anything to get and stay in power – whether elected or appointed. This is why we can expect to get this kind of bizarre rants from the likes of Polis. And this is, of course, why we have people like Sessions in the Senate, and now back in the Executive Branch. They cannot keep from being hypocrites as they seek to gain more and more power over the people of this country.
I’d like to think that Trump MIGHT have chosen Sessions as AG to keep him close to his side and to keep him from working against Trump’s efforts to reduce government and allow business to survive. And even thrive! But I’m not going to hold my breath.
As always, we need to be prepared to continue to deal with government stupidity and tyranny in every facet of modern life, as individuals and as businesses and other organizations. And we need to reject, once and for all, the notion that we can count on government to help us except in the most unique and limited situations. The war on some drugs, especially on cannabis, is just one example.
Mama’s Note: The only disagreement I have with this is the “unique and limited” situation idea of government “help.” There is no situation where government involvement makes anything right, only more fouled up. You can not harvest apples from rocks.