So. Ethelred, if you read this, this could give you some poll ideas. but that's not the point. the point is i'm ranting and i want answers.
Is marijuana a gateway drug? why or why not?
i contend that it is. i believe this because it is available from the same people that sell hard and ice and x and xanax and god knows what else. you dont go down to your local liquor store and see a big fucking sign saying "FREE X PILL WITH EVERY 1.75 LITER!" if people were accustomed to weed like they are to alcohol and tobacco, people would hardly seek out worse things.
there is no evidence that if marijuana were legal that a larger percentage of the population would take up smoking it. some may say that is no reason to make it legal, but in a free society, you need a reason to make something illegal, not legal.
not that drugs are good. it's just that things could be handled a lot fucking better and they aren't because the system is set up and it's damn hard to change a bureaucracy short of force.
that's all it really is, isn't it? bureaucracy. or perhaps aristocracy. certainly not democracy. not when the people of a state vote to legalize, and the federal government overrides it.
hmm...i seem to remember reading something in school...they said it was an important old paper or something...the tenth article of it? ALL POWERS NOT SPECIFICALLY DELEGATED BY THE CONSTITUTION TO THE CONGRESS SHALL BE RELEGATED TO THE STATES.
or something like that. bullshit, is what it is. yeah, america is a great place, standard of living-wise, if you happen to come from a family rich enough to live in the suburbs, or live in the country, practically living off the land. but i am sick and fucking tired of people dismissing legitimate complaints about the system as unpatriotic. THAT'S WHAT AMERICA IS ALL FUCKING ABOUT.
i know i'm preaching to the choir here, but i just wanted to put it all in writing and hope someone reads it, maybe someone will see something in a different light.
btw, if anyone knows where i can order one of those "support our troops: impeach bush" bumper stickers, please link me. always support the troops, only support the government when it deserves it.