God help us all, in the midst of an Economic Crisis that has been precipitated by the collapse of the housing economy, collapse of many banks, collapse of insurance giants, and has resulted in horrifically high unemployment and a global decline in GDP and the god-forsaken internet only cares about legalizing Pot.
To all the retards who make blog posts on the internet about the brilliant idea of legalizing and taxing pot to solve THE ENTIRE WORLD'S PROBLEMS, go shoot yourself in the face. There is a time and a place for this discussion and it is NOT now, you little retards actually think legalizing pot is going to balance the budget? REALLY?! what are you daft? yes it can be taxed I get your brilliant idea, however it is not without negative consequences and it really is a trivial thing to be promoting so heavily now.
I am talking about of course, this: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/december122008/ barack_cannabis_12-12-08.php
Thank you internet, thank you for discrediting democracy as it pertains to the medium of the internet. Now we all lose the credibility of our opinions through this medium, because instead of asking important questions on unemployment, the cost of government running in deep deficits and health care you chose to flood the internet and the polls with pot legalization questions.
Okay, let me just remind you all that this argument has some merit, pot should be decriminalized as for as holding small quantities go because it is a harmless drug that's only real problem is it makes people gain weight, facilitates being lazy and smells like garbage wrapped in skunk diarrhea. It is certainly less damaging than alcohol to society.
The problem here, is that the Pot argument is an argument of personal liberties, NOT a solution to the economic crisis. Obama responded to these retarded questions with this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M6orSr5QvA&eurl=
And I respect him for it! Laughing at the question of whether or not Pot legalization will create jobs and help grow the economy and making it the top freaking question is the least to be expected. It does say bad things about the online community, it says that we dont care about the big picture, it says that we care more about adding another recreational drug to the legal list of ways to burn your free time more than we care about having a job or maintaining national security or keeping the markets from collapsing.
To all the morons who have decided to use this crisis as an opportunity to flood the political conversation with drug talk, screw you, there are way more important, tough questions to be debating than this. Obama is a good president but his decisions need to be criticized and analyzed and the fact that the democratic public has decided to focus on another trivial and certainly not pressing issue is just asinine.
Im glad Obama stood up to this childishness, Im glad that he isnt the hyper left-wing candidate you thought he was. He has always been a moderate, he has always said moderate things, I'm increasingly annoyed at some of the comments made by bloggers whose minds have been blown by Obama's response to this, they really thought he would take this question seriously, because they really have convinced themselves that this question is pressing.
Newsflash, it isn't.
Weed being sold like it is in Amsterdam has come with consequences, I talked to my Dutch friend about it and she made it quite clear that it isn't that great of a thing, she personally has never smoked it, but apparently the people it attracts (she mentioned German tourists) are absolutely a problem. I am a big fan of Canada's take on this, crack down on dealers and grow ops but dont even criminalize possession of small quantities. Regardless, the merits and flaws of the discussion being posed by the internet at large isnt the point, the point is that this is not the time and place.
The world should have learned its lesson when it ignored the actions the Bush administration was taking during 2003 and instead tuning in to hear about Paris Hilton and other arbitrary bull, so no more, as the nation is in a critical and emergency state the people have to be interested in the big and real issues and pay attention for gods sake. You cannot ignore the trillions of dollars being spent, you need to pay attention and be sure your government is doing things well, dont look back in 5 years of hindsight and blame the rest of society for not being watchful of your government, you start taking this economic collapse seriously internet or face the inevitable decline into obscurity as the executive branch becomes more and more hesitant towards using the internet as a medium because of the shear level of retarded that exists here.