Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, was recently asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt, how he’d deal with states decriminalizing marijuana contrary to federal law, if elected president (this thought alone terrifies me), his response ran counter (surprisingly) to most of the major GOP candidates and to public opinion.
“Marijuana is a gateway drug. We have an enormous addiction problem in this country. And we need to send very clear leadership from the White House on down through the federal law enforcement. Marijuana is an illegal drug under federal law. And the states should not be permitted to sell it and profit from it.”
Now, while the meaning behind the words is frightening enough, we have another major policy issue at the federal level which needs to be dealt with as soon as possible, and it was brought back to the national consciousness by an unexpected catalyst.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to watch this clip from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Do you actually concern yourself with this? I certainly hope so, but let me explain why.
We had a visitor to the Lincoln Center last week. Though local press outlets published a short press release, the event was not well publicized.
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist Edward Snowden leaked the initial files to, was in town to speak about his experiences and the concerns he has.
Prior to becoming a writer in 2005, Greenwald had been a Constitutional attorney. His familiarity with the writings of the framers of the Constitution as well as the Constitutional Convention discussions is extraordinary. And he made a very salient, critical point.
Our system of government is based on the belief that people in power, when left unchecked, always find their way to despotism. Our present day relationship between public employees and politicians, for whom most communications are not for public consumption; and the citizenry, for whom nearly no communications are actually private, is approaching a dangerous point.
How do you know this isn’t crazed conspiracy theory? A contending national politician has declared that he would crack down on states which decriminalize substances contrary to federal law.
Is it much of a stretch to think this clown should not have the authority to seize any tangible thing? Should any human have that much authority?
Mr. Greenwald suggested you are likely to be okay with it, depending nearly entirely on whether it’s your party of choice in the White House at the time. Are you sure you support anyone having this power?
Before you answer, in the name of fighting terrorism, the federal legislative and executive branches passed and signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, specifically Section 1021.
That’s the authority to indefinitely detain American citizens without trial, charge or counsel.