Great piece up by Glenn on something we’ve discussed hundreds of times- the failed war on drugs and how similar it is to the war on terror:
It’s the perfect deceit. These wars, in an endless loop, sustain and strengthen the very menaces which, in turn, justify their continuous escalation. These wars manufacture the very dangers they are ostensibly designed to combat. Meanwhile, the industries which fight them become richer and richer. The political officials those industries own become more and more powerful. Brutal drug cartels monopolize an unimaginably profitable, no-competition industry, while Terrorists are continuously supplied the perfect rationale for persauding huge numbers of otherwise unsympathetic people to join them or support them. Everyone wins — except for ordinary citizens, who become poorer and poorer, more and more imprisoned, meeker and meeker, and less and less free.
I was talking to Sadly No’s Bradrocket the other day, and one of the great things about Prop 19, along with it being great legislation, is that it is an issue that also resonates with Democratic voters. Especially young voters. Having this on the ballot is going to bring out a lot of votes that otherwise would have stayed at home, this being a non-Presidential election. Basically, Prop 19 is the saintly counterpart to all the gay bashing ballot initiatives Republicans use to get the bigots out to vote in off years, and this may save Boxer’s ass this election. Good on the people pushing Prop 19, and maybe we could learn from this and have more ballot initiatives that have worthy goals and engage and electrify the base in the future.
BTW- To help the FDL initiative to call people regarding Prop 19, call here.