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