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  •  Mrs. Clinton better be pro legalization... (3+ / 0-)
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    qofdisks, cotterperson, kyril

    or else I don't think I can morally vote for her.

    Tick tock, tick tock I guess.

    "So what if a guy threw a shoe at me!"

    by FoodChillinMFr on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:20:31 PM PST

    •  I bet the Clintons are against legalization. (10+ / 0-)

      Bill really ramped up the Federal prison poplulation -

      http://articles.latimes.com/...

      Federal and State Prison Populations Soared Under Clinton, Report Finds California and the West
      Justice: An analysis of federal statistics shows that more inmates were added than during any previous administration.
      It is part of Clinton's "America is a center right country" strategy. The leading neoliberal with all the "free trade" and deregulation of the banking industry. Hillary was one of the most vocal proponent of PATRIOT, she voted for war in Iraq. See her totally bullshit speech - http://www.youtube.com/...
      There is nothing liberal about these people.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:51:52 PM PST

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    •  She isn't. (3+ / 0-)
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      kyril, 420 forever, rlochow

      I heard a snippet of her in passing and she was not too thrilled about it and something about the problems it will produce........

      •  "The problems it will produce" (5+ / 0-)

        is an reefer mad talking point.

        What problems, exactly?

        With marijuana LEGAL cops no longer have to waste all their time arresting 850000 americans a year for fucking nothing.

        That is going to free up a fuckload of time for them to DO SOME REAL WORK.

        it will also likely lead to numerous layoffs as a HUGE part of the judicial system is clogged with marijuana 'crime' that will simply DISAPPEAR once sense is restored: they have already cleared the books in washington State and I imagine Colorado is well on the way.

        What problems???

        Alcohol fuels most of the problem conduct in America.

        And then there is WALL STREET! Plenty of real crime there. MArijuana hasnt hurt America but the assholes on Wall Street sure have.

        No...really. What fucking problems will this create???

        Marijuana legalization SOLVES problems - it doesn't create them.

        Republicans create problems.

        Anybody tells you legal marijuana causes problems is a dumb motherfucker or a politician, or both .

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:38:52 AM PST

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      •  I supported Johnson this election (1+ / 0-)
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        rlochow

        because I am Libertarian in nature, even though I do support bigger government for financial planning.

        With that being said, it seems as if the democrats are just as statist as the republicans when it comes to certain things.

        95% of all life forms that once existed on earth are now extinct. It is only a matter of time until the Republicans follow suit.

        by PRRedlin on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:40:18 AM PST

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    •  Hillary's an RSA. (2+ / 0-)
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      420 forever, JesseCW

      responsible serious adults oppose marijuana reform because that is simply the responsible serious adult thing to do.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:34:03 AM PST

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      •  Do you think this is a Beltway bubble issue? (2+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY, isabelle hayes

        That's what RSAs usually point to.  It seems to work something like this: Look, I'm an RSA and I support it.  All the other RSAs I know here in Congress support it.  Even over on the other side of the aisle, I can see some people who must be RSAs, supporting it!  Since we're United States Congresspeople here in the responsible, serious adult capitol of the universe, Washington DC, and fourteen or fifteen of the very most fully responsible, serious adults I know here support it, it follows as night from day that THE ENTIRE WORLD agrees, and dissent is as wrongheaded as it is futile!  

        Personally, I'm coming to see it as more a national attitude that needs to be addressed and turned around.  Making marijuana legal is an idea with a lot of broad popular support right now, but I'm starting to think it's not terribly deep.  Like, I hear a lot of voters saying things like, Sure, I think it should really be legal now, but I don't want to see stores selling it.  You can parse a logical position out of a ludicrous contradiction like that if you really work at it, but what I get instead is that lots of voters are really rather conflicted over what they see as the moral issue.  

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