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Riley J. Hood: Want To Get High? Want To Be Free?

The following was originally posted on the Independent American & Constitutional Review on June 18, 2013 by yours truly.

Riley J. Hood is the chairman of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin. He was a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012 and received 70 votes.  

Want To Get High? Want To Be Free?

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves as servants to obey,
his servants  ye 
are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death,
or of obedience unto righteous?” Romans 6:16

By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman

            When I was little I saw one of these 1960′s “surfer movies,” where an older man asked this hippy character, “What is it you want?” Of course the hippy boldly declared, “We want to do want we want to do. We want to get high, we want get loaded, and that’s what we want.” I have always thought that sounds similar to the Libertarian Party Platform’s Victim-less Crime Plank, “..we favor the repeal of federal, state, and local laws restricting our fundamental freedom to govern our own lives. In particular, we advocate: The repeal of laws restricting the production, sale, possession, or use of prohibited drugs and medicines…The decriminalization of assisted suicide.” I’m here to tell you right now, if you want to get high, and still be free, you want what never was, and what will never be. Why is that?

  • Addiction– When Marijuana or Cocaine are legalized, you will be legally free to start consuming these drugs, but you won’t be physically free to stop. To stop, you will go through withdrawal, and long term emotional, physical, and neural damage. This was recognized over 100 years ago, when these drugs were outlawed. Politicians want an America on dope. Why? Figure it out. How many junkies unite to overthrow their dope dealer? How many junkies will unite to resist tyranny? None.
  • Extortion-In this era of socialized medicine, an administration could silence opponents by withholding their medication, and if government becomes the dope dealer, as many high officials want to be, they could use the same tactics on the addicted. Government is already exploiting smokers, by taxing cigarettes to a ridiculous level. This isn’t about motivating people to quit; this is about fleecing the addicted. If government wanted people to quit, then a law would be passed outlawing cigarettes. (By the way, if you are smoking, by all means quit.)
  • Anarchy-When faced with a spate of robberies, and mass shootings, a frightened public will prefer totalitarianism to lawlessness, and cry out to the government to enslave them, on the elusive pretexts of “personal peace,” and “crime prevention.” Never mind, immorality is at the root of most crime, and drugs and alcohol are involved in over 80% of crime. Never mind mass shooters are often on psych-meds, and drive-by shooters in the inner city are often high on crack. No calls for prohibition these days, just gun-control.

            The Constitution Party of Wisconsin upholds the ideals of self-control and self-government. One of the ill effects of being intoxicated, whether by alcohol, prescription medicine, or currently illegal drugs; is that your inhibitions are reduced, thus you have less self-control. Less self-control leads to more crime, and ultimately to tyranny. Our CPoW Platform Character Plank, states, “Our party leaders and public officials must display exemplary qualities of honesty, integrity, reliability, moral uprightness, fidelity, prudence,temperance, justice, fortitude, self-restraint, courage, kindness, and compassion. If they cannot be trusted in private life, neither can they be trusted in public life.”

            From our Drug Abuse Plank, “The Constitution Party will uphold the right of states and localities to restrict access to drugs and to enforce such restrictions. We support legislation to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States from foreign sources. As a matter of self-defense, retaliatory policies including embargoes, sanctions, and tariffs, should be considered.”

            “While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” Samuel Adams

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Krzysztof Lesiak

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  1. paulie paulie July 1, 2013

    Agreed on the first part, and that’s why I’m sticking with the LP.

  2. DarthJ DarthJ July 1, 2013

    A good illustration of the difference between the CP and the LP. Constitution Party all the way!

  3. johnO johnO June 30, 2013

    @19 too funny!!

  4. johnO johnO June 30, 2013

    Wow , he actually likes someone without swearing and calling them names. I guess GOD exists then.

  5. Waldemar Testarossa Fiumente Waldemar Testarossa Fiumente June 30, 2013

    @17 I like cocaine better. My stomach doesn’t like caffeine, and it makes me way too jittery. Good coke, if it hasn’t been cut to shit, is smooth, powerful energy. Unlike most people, I like the ride down as much as the ride up.

  6. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt June 30, 2013

    JohnO @ 13: Grundmann likes Hood. In fact, I don’t remember him saying he liked anyone active in the Constitution Party or IAP at all, except for Hood. I havn’t been reading his comments lately, though.

  7. johnO johnO June 30, 2013

    Hopefully, he doesn’t ban caffeine. I need my coffee in the morning.

  8. paulie paulie June 30, 2013

    Alcohol was illegal then, so you would have to go back to at least before WWI and the Harrison Narcotics Act – that is a century back – to a time when all drugs were legal.

    Maybe we have someone reading IPR who can remember that time, but I doubt it.

  9. David David June 30, 2013

    “If all drugs were legal, the government could no longer use the Drug War as an excuse to tear up the Bill of Rights and pry into your bank account, strip-search you at an airport, tear your car apart, monitor your e-mail, or seize your property without even charging you with a crime.

    Why do we know this?

    Why do I think America would be like this if all drugs were legal?

    Because that’s the way it was before the drug laws were passed. Yes, there were people whose lives were destroyed by drugs then – just as some people today destroy their lives with drugs, alcohol, financial mistakes, or various character weaknesses – but far fewer people lost their lives to drugs when they were legal.” Harry Browne


    Like Harry has said in the 1920’s everything was legal. We didn’t have a war on the Constitution or individual liberty back then.

  10. paulie paulie June 30, 2013

    I meant *I’m* the dummy.

    Same rules – you aren’t, since that was just a typo. I am, since I completely lost the thread of the conversation there 🙂

    The picture of this guy

    Maybe he ate a whole sheet because he thought the pigs were coming and had a really bad acid trip. That would explain a lot, LOL.

    Will he ban booze as well?

    By his “logic”, absolutely. And nicotine, and caffeine. And for fatasses like me he would have the government thoroughly monitor and control our calories intake and exercise regimen. Televisions and computers would have to be fingerprint activated and would only work for an hour or two a day. In fact, you might have to live your life completely on camera to make sure you didn’t engage in any addictive behaviors. After all addiction is between you, your family, government goons with guns and an invisible dude high up in the clouds.

  11. johnO johnO June 30, 2013

    The picture of this guy looks to be a “stoner dude”. Is he in the right party? What would Grundmann think of this guy? Will he ban booze as well? SO many questions.

  12. Trent Hill Trent Hill June 30, 2013

    “Really he is doing the LP a favor by making the opposition look really, really bad.”


  13. Jared King Jared King June 30, 2013

    I meant *I’m* the dummy.

  14. paulie paulie June 30, 2013

    *your. What a dummy…

    Typos aren’t a big deal – I make plenty of them myself – but his lack of logic or reasoning ability…that’s a whole other matter.

  15. paulie paulie June 30, 2013

    Really he is doing the LP a favor by making the opposition look really, really bad.

  16. Jared King Jared King June 30, 2013

    *your. What a dummy…

  17. Jared King Jared King June 30, 2013

    “When Marijuana or Cocaine are legalized, you will be legally free to start consuming these drugs, but you won’t be physically free to stop.”

    You also can get addicted to illegal drugs. Except now you’re life is in worse condition because you’re either in jail or can’t get work because you were in jail. Then you’ll probably just go back to doing drugs all the same. Which is why libertarians support self-control…wait…

    What is this BS about the CP supporting “self-control” and “self government” when that’s exactly what Hood opposes so much? He wants outside control.

    And I can’t say I really understand why a third party leader would spend time going after another third party unless he’s just being puckish, but whatever.

  18. Deran Deran June 30, 2013

    You want to talk abt being high and losing ones self-control — those seventy write-in votes, that’s got to be meth talking!

  19. paulie paulie June 30, 2013

    If you were old enough, some people may remember a time when everything was legal

    Everything? I very much doubt anyone reading is that old, LOL.

  20. David David June 30, 2013

    If you were old enough, some people may remember a time when everything was legal and we didn’t have the trouble we do today. So I guess it’s OK for the states to tell property owners what they can do with their property as in things like smoking bans. The founders thought this idea of property rights was pretty important, something the government wasn’t meant to take away.

  21. paulie paulie June 30, 2013

    Chris, no need to apologize – my suggestions are only suggestions, nothing else. If you feel compelled to post Riley Hood’s articles I am not taking them down.

    As for the topic, what’s refreshing about it?

    Seems stale to me, but here goes anyway:

    Hood mixes up what’s a good idea (we can argue about that, but it’s not the point) with what the regime should regulate with guns, cops, courts, jails etc.

    There are many addictions. Some people work so hard that they lose their families. Some people spend their lives in front of the TV. Some people screw anything that moves, can’t form stable relationships, get and spread diseases, and have unwanted children. Me, I spend way too much time online and eat too much. And so on.

    How many of these choices, wise or not, should the regime micromanage? Do we need a nanny state to wipe our butts and tuck us all in, to watch us when we are awake and listen to us snore while we sleep?

    The LP plank is not about whether you like to get high or not. Some libertarians do and some don’t. It’s about what role government force has in telling you what you can and can’t do.

    “If government wanted people to quit, then a law would be passed outlawing cigarettes. ”

    How did that work out with alcohol? How has it worked out with various drugs? And in fact, it was tried with tobacco in some countries too. Didn’t work with any substance anywhere ever. All it did was create black markets, higher prices, property crime, violence, prostitution as a means of paying those higher prices, poisoned product, corruption and general disrespect for the law, abuse of the citizens, and other such things.

    Addiction to anything has never been stopped by prohibition.

    “-When faced with a spate of robberies, and mass shootings”

    These things don’t happen because people are high. They happen because dealers are fighting over the artificially inflated profits created by prohibition (as happened with alcohol when it was illegal) and addicts are trying to come up with the money to pay those artificially inflated prices.

  22. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak Post author | June 30, 2013

    I’m sorry. In my defense, it’s a refreshing new topic coming from this mega-homophobe.

    Seriously, fuck the Constitution Party. By and large, they support the War on Drugs. This theocratic nutjob party is anti-liberty.

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