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Willie Nelson, Public Enemy?

LdyLunatic

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USA -- In the midst of the U. S. A. going nearly broke from the Iraq War, the War on Terror, and a rupturing corporate and personal welfare state, I cannot imagine something much more pointless and wasteful than the war on drugs. In my own neck of the woods several busts have occurred recently, bringing to "justice" cultivators of various patches of marijuana in various swanky neighborhoods, at huge cost to law enforcement organizations, which is to say, to the citizenry that funds them. But that is not really the worst of it.

Willie Nelson, the singer -- who looks to me to be about as harmless a soul on the entertainment-celebrity roster as one can imagine -- has recently been busted for having and using some pot on his tour bus. That, by all accounts, is the reality and the symbol of the worst aspects of this utterly insane undertaking, the war on drugs.
The man was doing no one any harm -- he could have been sipping a beer, chewing tobacco, or having a martini but, instead, his choice of drugs was one that happens, quite irrationally, to seriously offend influential elements of the voting public and politicians. This new prohibition is, of course, no more sensible, nor any more in accord with principles of a just human community -- which is supposed to leave us free of out of control, offended meddlesome folks -- than was the previous nationwide prohibition of alcohol that finally had to be scrapped because of the bona fide crime it spawned throughout the country. In the case of Mr. Nelson, though, there is something else that this insane, immoral war illustrates.

American prisons are filled with such harmless drug offenders! I was recently visiting one of those, in Lompoc, California, and some 70% of the inmates are there for having been convicted of drug-related offenses. Some are users, some are "pushers" or dealers, some are probably more involved on the enforcement side of the industry (which, being illegal, cannot count on the official police to provide any remedy for the commercial malfeasance that plagues many enterprises).

All this is happening in what President George W. Bush and his pals so proudly call a free country, indeed, as they would have it, the only country on the face of the globe truly involved in spreading liberty to all. What a crock that is and how hypocritical it must come off to most observant foreigners, including, sadly, the worst of them whose hatred of America and its professed system, a free capitalist society, is very likely fed by it.

Also, since the U. S. A. has more prisoners than nearly any country around the world, and since that's something people tend to find disturbing about a society, namely, its huge prison population -- given that this suggests widespread serious criminal activity in the place -- the proclamation by our leaders that we are a bastion of liberty can only be most embarrassing and self-defeating.

Of course, free men and women can become criminals. No one should expect a free society to be a utopia. Yet, it does reflect badly on the U. S. A. to have so many of its citizens turn to crime. And when looked at without a careful consideration of what counts as crime in the country, this bodes ill for the very idea of a free society -- makes it look like freedom and crime go hand in hand. So the very objective that supposedly animates Bush & Co. in the Iraqi war -- spreading freedom to the world's enslaved and oppressed -- can seem rather pointless and even counterproductive, given this association of what is deemed a free society and the proclivity to crime by so many of its citizens.

Yet, of course, the crimes these citizens have a proclivity for are phony crimes -- it is as if eating hot dogs were a crime, or dancing, or watching professional sports on TV. No wonder the prisons are full -- prisoners occupy them who have been put there unjustly, without any good reason.

The statistics do not, of course, show this. But if one extrapolates from the prison I visited to all the rest, it looks like the criminal element in the country is but a fraction of those who are officially deemed to be criminals.

I do wish Willie Nelson could generate a revolution from his own perfectly unjust and vile arrest on the charge of indulging in the use of marijuana. We need this war on drugs ended, immediately. Maybe that would not only improve our reputation abroad but could divert the misused monies funding it to something worthwhile -- for example, tax reduction.

Source: Free-Market News Network (Canada)
Author: Tibor R. Machan
Published: Monday, September 25, 2006
Copyright: 2006 Free-Market News Network, Corp.
 

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Hey LdyLunatic, Not wanting to start any aurguments or anything, but I had read that the cops also found "Magic" Mushrooms along with his stash. I am not saying they were Willy's, I'm Not saying that 'Shroom's are "Bad", ****, I don't Think any less of Willy than before. ****, I, Myself Followed the "Greatful Dead" For a coupel of years,48 shows . He's an adult, capible of makeing his own disisions. Willy's "High" Profile make's him an easy target. Cop's see Ol'e Willys tour bus comming , WHOO-WEE, High-profile Bust. Earlyer this year Willy did an interview with High Times, In it the "reporter" told of smoking w/Willy in Willy's tour bus, even went so far as to describe Willy's Stash Box! Not Everyone Who reads High Times are Smokers,Tokers or Closet Growers, Alot of cops,D.E.A., District Att. Read High Times also. Ever Notice How High Times do'es a Profile of Someone/ Eddy lepp's Medical Grow, Willy's Interview,ect,ect. Next thing you know, 2 months later they are getting busted/ Raided? I keep reading HT,but i will never order the're magizine by mail,or post anything for public viewing{ Remember OverGrow.com folks? I seem to remember HT printing Picture's from O.G.'s website a month before The Raid.Real Happy I did not Know how to Download my Pic's Back then:D Anyway, I do hope Willy the best, Man's been threw alot allready.
 
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astra007

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yup ordering HT's is dangerous as are the other mj mags. they have yer address and a federal warrent will get any authority the lists. and it is downright dumb to brag about what you do "on the road" to a reporter no less. saying this in the privacy of yer own home is just as bad. 8 canadian medical marijuana users were interviewed by a canadian magazine this summer. they all held gov't licenses and grew 8 - 13 plants depending on their needs. to date 5 have been raided and 1 had her door kicked in on a home invasion. the last 2 have been forced to move because of fear. 3 from bc, 3 from alberta, and 2 from ontario who thought they were aiding the mj movement. the stupid media showed their grows, their homes and their last names. not only does the usa have stupid laws and ideaologies but canada too. we just dont have the authority manpower to arrest peeps like the usa and their 30 law enforcement agencies. just look at operation "katina" to see the stupidity of having 12 commanders in chiefs in the usa.
 
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astra007

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oh ya, the usa cant go broke. they will just borrow from the northern puppet buddy whose dollar is top now. or getting near. one more thing to add: the prison's are full of black, white and hispanic people who got caught with mj, either posession or smoking it. RIGHT? what makes willy nelson ANY DIFFERENT from them? IMHO and has "the balls" to brag about it. sorry but.
 

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