April 21, 2011

"Harder drugs should not be legalized, but their use should be dealt with as a health issue – not a criminal justice issue…"

That's from Gary Johnson's website blurb about drug policy. Read the rest: it is the most sensible, sane thing I've ever read from any politician on the subject, and I would vote for it in a heartbeat. Not that I'll ever get the chance. It's a real indictment of our governing classes that non-insane views on this matter place you on the "fringe." (And it's an indictment of our allegedly "liberal" party that the Democrats don't have anything like a Gary Johnson on offer.)

Alex Massie:

If President Johnson were to end the Drug War and that were his sole achievement in office he'd have done more good than any President in 40 years.
Indeed. Of course, it's an impossible dream, but I hope one day you'll join us and the world will live as one, or something.

(By the way, John, I've been meaning to complain about this: why'd you have to rhyme "one" with "one"? You were doing so well for pretty much the whole rest of the song.)

UPDATE: well, now I don't know what to think. Progressive nationalists in this ThinkProgress comments thread explain how Gary Johnson is a traitor, a seditionist, a cockroach, an idiot, a crazy person, and a hater of children.

Posted by Dr. Frank at April 21, 2011 06:36 PM | TrackBack