By Tom Rhodes, 7/25/2012
"If Obama had been caught with the marijuana that he says he used and 'maybe a little blow' ... if he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard ****ing time ... time in federal prison, time for his 'weed' and 'a little blow,' he would not be president ... would not have gone to his fancy-ass college, he would not have sold books ... made millions of dollars. ... He would have been in ****ing prison, and it's not a ... joke." ~ Penn Jillette
The simple fact is Obama is an admitted felon. He has openly admitted to committing felonies that currently result in the US having more people in prison than just about any other country. In his memoir, "Dreams From My Father", Barack Obama wrote about using drugs in his youth, "Pot had helped ... ; maybe a little blow (cocaine) when you could afford it." The problem isn't that Obama committed felonies. The problem is that the crimes he committed, which infringe upon the rights of no other, are crimes in the first place. The bigger problem is that we have so many crimes that the government, much less any individual, can't even count them all. Hell, even lawyers can't agree on what's legal and what isn't.
One of the purposes of our government is to arrest, try and punish criminals, real criminals, people who violate our rights. Why our government at all levels is in the business of forbidding and punishing individuals for conduct that violates nobody else's rights, and creating a set of laws so complex to govern actions that might possible harm, rather than keeping itself to regulating and policing actual harm, should be examined. The reason is clear, politicians want power and control, our constitution makes that difficult. Unlike most governments ours is based on limiting government not individuals.
Lawmakers say the hundreds of thousands of pages of law are for our own good. Sorry but how the hell do they know what is best for each individual. The purpose and reason we created our government is clear; to protect fundamental rights of individuals from being abused by others or even the government. That's it, no more, it is not to provide for anybody's basic needs, protect people from poor life choices, or limit the choices people can make.
If the police and a prosecutor had known and could prove Obama's felonious acts, they could have and would have destroyed Obama's life, like so many prosecutors have done to millions of other Americans. The only reason Obama was a viable presidential candidate is because of the ineffectiveness of our police and prosecutors. If they were effective in prosecuting laws created for our own good, Obama would have been typical of so many other black men. A convicted felon, with a rap sheet, unemployable, unmarriable , unuseful, and an unwanted drain on society.
Depending on where you look it is reported that Right now we lock up about 750 of every 100,000 people, most for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia. This is absurd. What is more absurd is the hypocrisy of both parties, specifically Obama; destroying millions of people's lives, putting them in prison for doing what they openly admit to doing. In fact over the past 20 years all of our sitting presidents admit to committing the same felonies that their justice departments prosecute with the zeal of warriors. The entire War-on-Drugs, is about power and control not about doing what's in our own best interest.
A faction (small fraction) of people in government and society has decided that it is better for everybody to give up liberty so that they can make everybody safer. They believe that they, a small group, can and should decide what is best for everybody. They believe that the government has the right and should determine what and how much everybody should eat, where and how they should live, what safety gear people should be forced to use, and what mind altering substances should be legal. Because they have moved to give the government the power to provide for "health care" of everybody, they now believe that the government because it "must" provide for everybody, now can dictate everybody's actions. This is an insidious evil and is contrary to how the vast majority of Americans used to want to live.
If recreational drugs were so evil and damaging that we must protect people from themselves, how do you explain the success Obama, Bush, or for that matter success the cannabis growing forefathers like Jefferson and Washington. "Overcriminalization" describes the trend in America - and particularly in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives. Criminal law is supposed to be used to redress only that conduct which society thinks deserving of the greatest punishment and moral sanction.
But as a result of rampant overcriminalization, trivial conduct is now often punished as a crime. Many criminal laws make it possible for the government to convict a person even if he acted without criminal intent (i.e., mens rea). Consider retiree and orchid grower T George Norris, federal agents raided and ransacked their Texas home in 2003, he was arrested and served two years in federal prison with rapists and murders. His crime was improperly filling out government paperwork related to perfectly legal orchids he grew and sold out of his back yard.
Imagine a high school girl who's parents abandon her and her siblings, she manages to maintain grades high enough to keep her on the honor roll while working two jobs as sole bread winner. Providing for herself and what's left of her family she has been forced to miss some school. Despite Honor Roll grades, she has been fined and forced to spend time in jail for truancy and now has a criminal record. "Her criminal record will stay with her for the rest of her life, jeopardizing her ability to find work or gain admission to a university."
Half a century ago we were told that our government would make it impossible for the average man live without breaking the law, thus giving the government power over everybody. "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." ~ Ayn Rand
We are about to embark on a lawless America. The people cannot follow the law, nor does anybody any longer respect the law. The overcriminalization of morally righteous and laudable acts, has and will result in the people ignoring the law. Because nobody can follow the hundreds of thousands of laws; because even our own president openly admits to committing felonies; because it has become painfully obvious that the rule of law is no longer applied equally in our nation; we now see without any shame, people openly ripping off the government welfare system, openly violating laws, and thumbing their nose at the government. Neither the left nor right of the political spectrum respects the law.
Why does President Obama, not do everything in his power to end the absurdity of 750 of 100,000 people being in jail. He has the power and could pardon every person in federal prison convicted of non-violent drug crimes, and could direct the Dept. of Justice to not prosecute any and all non-violent drug crimes? Any actions less than this is complete hypocrisy as he admits to possessing, using, and purchasing both pot and coke, but now persecutes those who do as he did. Talk about saving the country money. Imagine the hundreds of millions that would be saved starting tomorrow, if zero non-violent federal drug crimes were prosecuted, and millions of non-violent people, only convicted of doing the same actions that exactly what Obama freely admits do doing were no longer imprisoned.