State Representative David Zuckerman of Vermont, a Vermont Progressive Party member and a farmer, comments on hemp laws, the public option, and how they’re related.
Read the full thing on the Prog Blog:
This week a Vermonter, Will Allen, joined others from around the country in an act of civil disobedience in order to get attention to the laws governing hemp cultivation. By attempting to plant help seeds on the lawn of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) they clearly were pushing the envelope to generate this discussion…
What is particularly interesting to me, is that this is a prime example of corporate (Hearst Paper Co. and others) ability to manipulate the system for their economic advantage. Not only did they have members of Congress (across the political spectrum) already in their camp, but they were able to use their money to influence public opinion by making a short movie as well as by manipulating the stories that ran in the media, all to stigmatize marijuana and by association hemp.
As we look at the healthcare debate is it really any different? Most polls show that 65-75% of the U.S. support the public option. Yet the corporations own many key players in Congress (Baucus alone has received over $1.5 million in insurance co. contributions recently) and they are now back to work swaying public opinion with half truths (which also means 1/2 lies!)