Out With the Crackpots
By George Phillies, Gold USA Group
April 19, 2013
Most Libertarians have natural hesitations about trusting government operations. Mind you, I am surprised if my mail does not show up or if the water system fails (catastrophic mains failure), but Libertarians have reasonable skepticism.Alas, this skepticism means that we attract people who are congenitally unable to believe anything, at a level that exceeds all reason. These people are a detriment to our party, and should be deported to the Republican Party, where they will fit right in. Let me take a few examples:
#1. There is no more scientific debate about the reality of anthropogenic global warming, no matter how many far right Republicans endanger our country’s as funding global warming deniers. The people holding contrary views are simply denying reality. Ditto for the evolution deniers, like the morons who ran for the Republican Presidential nomination. And when someone says ‘evolution doesn’t matter’, the answer is, “Yes, it does matter that your candidate is crazy.”.
#2 Then there are the people who think that the United Nations is threatens American liberties. Your editor is old enough to remember far right Republicans ranting, 50 years ago. They have not become more believable in the intervening half-century. Indeed, since the State Department nonsense about never vetoing Security Council resolutions was tossed over the side, the claims have become even less believable, assuming this is possible. I am reminded of the Republican Congressional Candidate who appeared at a Pioneer Valley Libertarian meeting some years ago. He was a nice guy, well-spoken. Then he remarked that he had gone to Amherst to collect nominating signatures, put up his “US Out of the UN” signs. Suddenly people turned away. He could not understand why. We did. He was in the right Party. Not ours!
#3 Vaccination deniers at least had the excuse that there was one scientific paper that claimed a link between vaccinations and autism. That paper has been retracted by its authors, who explained out why they were totally wrong. Remember: A non-vaccinated child endangers your vaccinated children, because vaccination not perfectly reliable.
A Modest Proposal for Ending the “Drug War” in Delaware
By Steve Newton, The Delaware Libertarian
April 24, 2013
Four steps is all it would take to end Delaware’s drug war:
1. Fix the medical marijuana bill. This is already being contemplated, I understand. A medical marijuana bill without an actual delivery method is worse than useless because it is mere tantalizing to those in chronic paid. This is a simple fix, except for the propensity of the Drug Enforcement Agency to get involved with ignoring state laws about drugs that DEA doesn’t like. So as a specific legislative flourish, this revision should include language that requires the Delaware Attorney General to defend any legitimate distributor of medical marijuana or any patient legally using it from all Federal charges.
2. Decriminalize personal use of marijuana. As an interim step toward legalization, decriminalization would replace the possibility of jail time and a permanent record with small civil fines. This would, frankly, also discourage intense enforcement. It would also render much of Delaware’s drug court apparatus unnecessary.
3. Get all non-violent drug offenders out of Delaware prisons. If there is a true medical addiction problem, fix it. That is almost always significantly cheaper than incarceration. Moreover, doing so would be a major savings to the state and allow actual violent criminals to be handed sentences commensurate with their crimes rather than sentencing guidelines in effect because we haven’t got enough prison beds.
4. Regulate it like wine–ala Colorado. Legalize and tax it.
You might ask, why doesn’t he advocate immediate legalization and skip all the interim steps?
Simple: Equality Delaware has convinced me that the multi-step, coalition-building, steady progression strategy actually works faster.