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I got the following email from Kristin Daley at LEAP:
Dear KMO,

LEAP speaker Bradley Jardis recently questioned presidential candidate John McCain on drug policy during a town hall meeting in Rindge, New Hampshire. Their exchange was the subject of an article on The Huffington Post website, and the video is currently featured on YouTube. Jardis got his point across, and handed McCain a LEAP DVD as the event concluded. Please click on the links to view.



Against my better judgment, I clicked on the YouTube link. After listening to the question and the first few seconds of John McCain's utterly predictable reply, I stopped the video and crafted the following response to Kristin:
Hi Kristin,

I admire what you good folks at LEAP are doing. Mr. McCain's rejection of Bradley's views, and far more importantly, the round of applause that arouse from the audience when Mr. McCain affirmed his unwavering support for the business-as-usual prohibitionist agenda re-affirmed my suspicion that the US government and the United States as a nation-state will go to its grave kicking down doors and pushing an ever-growing stream of slave labor into the for-profit corporate prison system under the auspices of protecting America's children from the ravages of "drug abuse." I think the greatest hope for liberty at this point lies in the very real possibility that the life of this particular nation-state has pretty much run its course and that it will soon exit the stage of history.

I'm sure Mr. McCain suffers moments of mental clarity and self-honesty in which he realizes with absolute lucidity that prohibition harms the very people he has sworn to serve, but he also realizes with equal clarity that any hint of honesty in this matter will result in the withdrawl of the corporate largess that keeps his political career and aspirations viable. It can't have escaped your notice that the "mainstream" corporate media portrays the only two presidential candidates who speak honestly about the motivations and effects of prohibition as comic relief and as representatives of the lunatic fringe.

I'm sorry to expose you to the cold draft of my cynicism on this issue, but at this point, I think standing up in front of an audience and speaking to people like John McCain as if they were legitimate stewards of the public trust does more harm than good. Innumerable opportunities to advance the good of one's community present themselves to each of us. Electoral politics, particularly at the Federal level, strikes me as the second most counter-productive use of one's time and passion. (Violent resistance or "terrorism" holds the top spot.)

Please don't misconstrue my opinions as reflecting negatively upon LEAP. I think your organization does an invaluable service in educating the public and counteracting stupefying effects of prohibitionist propaganda.

Thank you for keeping me up to date on LEAP's activities, and Merry Christmas.


I have not sent the email to Kristin. At this point, I think it better that I not send it.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 28th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
I don't think you should send that e-mail. Bradley did a good job...at least watch the entire video. He presented his points in a concise manner, and my guess is none of it was actually intended for McCain. It's just another way to get the message out to the people. And Bradley drew applause also, more than McCain toward the end.
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
I listened to the rest of it, and it seems that John McCain has grappled with those moments of clarity and is willing to put forward some minor palliative initiatives to moderate the harms done by prohibition, but he's still spouting moralistic drug war drivel and refuses to face the problem in an honest way. When he asked Bradley if meth should be legal, I wish Bradley had answered, "Absolutely. Drug prohibition magnifies all of the harms of amphetamine production and use. Illegal meth is far more dangerous than legally available and regulated meth."
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay
Agreed, I wish he'd had a better reply for the meth question also. Brad should have known McCain would immediately go for the low blow in an effort to trip him up. He should have seen this question comming.
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Nov. 28th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: you're probably right...
Thanks, man. I did not send the email to Kristin. As you say, I needed to write it, but I don't necessarily need her to read it. I don't want to do anything to discourage the fine people of LEAP.
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