So much for balance on the Oregonian's editorial page. Unless I've missed a pro Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (Measure 80) opinion piece, today's confused guest editorial by Young Republican Brendan Monaghan is the third non-sensical "anti-pot" rant in a row.
Monaghan's sole justification for voting against legalization of marijuana for consumption by adults is that this would run afoul of federal law. Ridiculous federal law, which classifies marijuana in the same category as heroin and recognizes no medical use for it.
However, Monaghan's Facebook page contains a favorite slogan of his: "Because statism never takes a day off." Hmmmmm. So Young Republican Brendan is totally in favor of states like Oregon bowing and scraping before the power of the federal government when it comes to marijuana legalization.
I wonder where he stood on Arizona's attempt to enforce it's own approach to stopping illegal immigration. I assume Monaghan would have told Governor Jan Brewer and her Republican cohorts that it is futile to try to oppose federal policies, so why try?
His opinion piece makes so little sense, I don't want to put much time into refuting his "don't challenge federal law" argument. Commenters on the piece have done a better job than I could, anyway.
Here's some of my favorite comments:
Oregon was in the SAME position in 1932 as now with a unjust law regulating adult behavior.
The SAME arguments were made in 1933 ("Oh! the children!", more use, change of status quo, and (you can bet) the Federal Rules, remember this wasn't just federal law and policy, it was in the federal CONSTITUTION!)). What struggle did history tell us between the feds and the state?
None! Only that alcohol Prohibition was repealed in Oregon BEFORE the Federal repeal. And everyone is happy we did.
I would just like to say that I am eternally grateful to:
1. The founding fathers for saying "screw it, we cant win against the crown. Let us continue to suck from the king's teet."
2. Anti slavery citizens who rolled on their backs and returned every single ruaway, per federal law.
3. The thousands of people who didn't go to war in the 1940's to end oppressive totalitarianism.
4. The civil rights leaders who accepted that some races are just inferior compared to others.
The fictitious world I live in, within my own head, would not exist without all of their lack of struggle in the face of assured and powerful opposition.