A popular pastime for many GOP presidential hopefuls has been to talk tough on drugs while on the campaign trail. They want to show off how ‘strong’ their leadership style will be, and they are using ignorance and hysteria on the drug issue to project their dominance over us all.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio stated last month that he would continue to wage the failed drug war and marijuana prohibition as president. According to a BayNews9 report, he told Meet the Press the following:
“Absolutely. I believe the federal government needs to enforce federal law… I think this country is already paying a high price for the effect of alcohol on families, on addiction, on the destruction of marriage. And now we’re gonna legalize an additional intoxicant?”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has gone even further off the deep end when it comes to drug policy. He revealed his bizarre, authoritarian approach to the ‘problem’ of peaceful cannabis smokers back in July, as reported by Bloomberg:
’“If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie, a Republican campaigning for the 2016 presidential nomination, said Tuesday during a town-hall meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.” …
“If you want to change the marijuana laws, go ahead and change the national marijuana laws.”
You see, their narrative is that President Obama has been ‘soft’ on drugs, and if some big bad Republican gets in there, America will be safe once again from the devil weed. This spin couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, President Obama originally increased the enforcement of drug laws from his predecessor. He broke his campaign promises in order to crack down on caregivers and patients using medical marijuana lawfully in their states. It wasn’t until Colorado and Washington openly flaunted Obama and his federal goons that he was finally forced to back off.
While Rubio, Christie or whoever else can bluster all they want, their talk ultimately means nothing. Because if one of these guys attempted to crackdown on marijuana laws like they say they will, all it would do is expose the futility of the drug war and just how limited federal power truly is without the support of the states. They are between a rock and a hard place on this issue.
The best thing the feds can do at this point is cut and run. Give up before you embarrass yourselves even further while squandering even more taxpayer money and resources in the process. Of course, there is a fat chance of that happening. The feds generally never give up any power unless their hands are forced. We have the proven strategy that has worked to limit federal enforcement power on the marijuana issue and many others: state and local level resistance.
The Peace on our Streets plan takes the power out of the hands of federal drug warriors, and puts it back into the hands of the people. Through action in the state legislature, marijuana prohibition can be undone and the feds cannot do a thing to stop it. It’s legal, lawful and the best way to subvert federal drug laws. So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution, let’s restore drug peace, and save some lives in the process!