Mary Grabar wrote an article for Pajamas Media yesterday, in which she argues that it’s time for libertarians to join the social conservative side in the war on drugs. Libertarians, she writes, may argue that marijuana is similar to alcohol and tobacco, but they’re wrong. You see, marijuana hampers:
the work ethic, emotional engagement, sexual inhibition, and the ability to reason.
I’m not sure in which alternate reality Grabar lives, but tobacco and especially alcohol have the exact same effects. Alcohol even more than marijuana. If you really believe that marijuana has to be outlawed because it hampers “the work ethic, etc.” you must also favor outlawing alcohol.
More important, however, is that the US Constitution and the Federalist Papers written by John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison make perfectly clear that the founding fathers never intended for the federal government to tell Americans what they could and could not do. They didn’t envision some Big Brother who would force people to live productive lives. No, they had freedom in mind. Liberty or death.
Freedom means being allowed to be the best you can be, without anyone holding you back, but also to be the worst you can be.
NewsRealblog Managing Editor David Swindle responds to Grabar’s article as well; it’s a good post, be sure to read it. In addition to explaining that being a conservative should mean being pro-freedom, he quotes conservative leaders such as Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley Jr. who were very critical of the War on Drugs. He proves, in other words, that the conservative thing to do is to abolish the War on Drugs and to legalize soft drugs; not just for medicinal purposes but, as far as I’m concerned, in general.