Keep the Government Out of Our Lives! Keep Marijuana Illegal!
Fundie-run anti-government “news” site OneNeuronNow has published another one of their fair and balanced articles, this one telling us that an initiative to legalize marijuana in California has qualified for the November ballot.
It’s comical to see OneNeuronNow run an article about teabaggers screaming about protecting personal freedoms, and then the very next article talks about how important it is to dictate to people which agricultural products they can use or grow on their own property.
It boils down to control. The only way fundies can remain in power and not be relegated to the dustbin of worthless ideas is to control people’s natural desires. They’ve been doing it since the invention of religion. It has been an extremely powerful weapon in their arsenal. Anything that chips away at their stockpile of weapons is a threat to their power. Hence, their opposition to the legalization of marijuana (and gay marriage, pornography, etc.).
Let’s take a look at their latest disgrace to journalism:
Opponents of the initiative are concerned that legalizing marijuana will increase addiction to the drug and also cause additional violence along the Mexican border.
It’s true that with easier access more people will try the stuff, and some percentage of those will use it to excess. That’s why we need
fundies a government: To micromanage our lives, interfere with our personal freedoms, and take away individual responsibility.
Like alcohol, which was once banned in the United States and then legalized, they argue that marijuana usage will be widespread, increasing criminal activity and creating social problems in the long run.
That’s right! All of society’s alcohol-related problems started the moment Prohibition was lifted! There were no alcoholics before then. And crime was virtually non-existent! There were no mobsters or gangland slayings or bootlegging or rum-running. Life was idyllic.
Alexandra Datig, an opponent of the bill, told the PR Newswire the consequences of legalizing the drug in California.
ONN is really getting bold with their one-sided reporting. PR Newswire is just a press-release service. It doesn’t even masquerade as news. ONN is telling us, point-blank, that they just rip propaganda out of press releases and present it as news.
I’ve never seen fundies so honest before!
“Drug addiction is an epidemic and marijuana is a silent killer,” Datig said.
It’s so silent that I haven’t even heard of it! Notice the clever sleight of hand he’s doing here. First, he refers to the widespread addiction of all drugs, then implies that marijuana is a major component of that problem.
“For California to legalize marijuana would further contribute to the harms that addiction brings upon our youth, our families, and our communities.”
Notice how Datig keeps equating use with addiction. By his reckoning, there must be about 200 million alcoholics in this country.
The Washington Post states that the results of the November vote on the initiative will have a direct impact on the nation’s capital, as in the case of same-sex “marriage.” All these measures were fought in California and eventually made their way to Washington, DC.
Leave it to the fundies to always find a way to bring any subject back to their favorite whipping boy (in this case, the boy might like it!), gay marriage.
[Opponents of the initiative argue] that not only will legalizing the drug give growers the freedom to sell and distribute the drug, the initiative will make it more available to teenagers.
And we all know how hard it is for teenagers to get marijuana. Here’s a picture I took of my high school (circa 1979):