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Sarah Palin Says Yes to Pot; I Take Agent J’s Side

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Posted on June 19 2010 1:07 pm
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Sarah Palin’s just an endless fount of surprises, isn’t she? Dig what she said this week on Fox News courtesy of Michael van der Galien.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin – one of the most influential conservative women of our time –said during a recent appearance on Fox News that she doesn’t have a problem with people smoking marijuana in their own homes. “If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm,” she explained, they should be left alone.

Huh. Some meany-face, super-religious conservative she is! It almost makes you wonder what other caricature-breaking ideas are running around in her head.

Michael thinks her statement is perfectly fine and so do I. The War on Drugs has become a debacle, mostly for the same reasons other wars turn disastrous: lack of sure leadership, lack of mission, and lack of clear objectives that lead toward a certain victory condition. However, that doesn’t mean that we should legalize marijuana or relax our drug laws across the board. I disagree with Michael here:

Palin’s only caveat to legalizing marijuana altogether, by the way, is that she fears it sends the wrong message to children. Although I understand her concern, I have to disagree. Legalizing something doesn’t mean it’s perfectly fine to do it, nor that it’s moral and wise. Moral values and wisdom shouldn’t be legislated.

If legalized, it’s up to parents to teach their children that although smoking weed is legal, it’s best not do it nonetheless. This is the responsibility of America’s fathers and mothers, not the government – who isn’t your daddy, after all.

The problem with this is that laws are a direct expression of moral values. We make certain activities illegal because they violate some precept of our moral code. Robbery is illegal because we believe, morally, that you should not deprive someone of their own property by coercion. Rape is illegal because we believe, morally, that you should be secure in your person. All our laws come, in some form or fashion, from a moral decision and we do have a duty as a society to build a moral framework for how we conduct ourselves with others and what sort of society we pass to the next generation upon which all of us, more or less, agree.

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