Friday January 19, 2007

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  1. Biscayne Bystander    Fri Jan 19, 01:11 PM #  

    On the Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert, I am reposting this email I received from a former Libertarian Congressional candidate and last election’s Democratic Congressional candidate, Frank Gonzalez who will be the event’s MC.

    Pretty interesting…if you’re into that sort of thing.

    Voters, activists, supporters),

    A society should be judged by how closely its laws reflect its ethical conscience and principles.

    Many have died from alcohol overdoses. Alcohol has fueled an overwhelming number of bar room brawls, some ending in serious injury or death. Despite the number of deaths, it is still a minority of overall consumption. Alcohol is still legal as it should be.

    Many have died from aspirin overdoses. Aspirin is often the killer of choice for depressed teenage females. Despite the number of deaths, it is still a minority of overall consumption. Aspirin is still legal as it should be.

    Many have become addicted to painkillers. Rich and famous addicts who make their living by manipulating their radio audience’s political ignorance, even at the cost of their own integrity, are given special treatment if arrested with painkillers without a prescription. Despite the number of addictions, it is still a minority of overall consumption. Painkillers are still legal, even if a prescription is required.

    Now do your research. How many have died from, or become physically addicted to cannabis, also called marijuana by the government. Also tell me how often cannabis has made users violent. Yet Cannabis is ILLEGAL. What ethical principle does the law reflect in this case?

    I should point out two things for those of you who are still uptight about this:

    First, in an informed, unpropagandized society, cannabis is no more a “gateway drug” to harder substances than a .38 caliber handgun for self-defense is a “gateway” weapon to owning a tank; or allowing gays to marry is a “gateway” to marrying a nutjob to their pet or a dead person or other inanimate objects. Such conclusions are laughably illogical and totally absurd.

    Second, I am NOT advocating drug use, and I support prosecuting to the fullest extent anyone who uses any mind altering substance while performing safety sensitive operations of any kind.

    The irrefutable fact is that cannabis—in moderation, as ALL things should be—has been a catalyst for peace, love, laughter, sex, appetite, creative inspiration, pain relief or simply relaxation. Why then do we allow the government to throw users of cannabis or cannabis patients in the same horrible prison cesspool as murderers, pedophiles, rapists, thieves, violent thugs or perpetrators of real fraud?

    What damages our world—love or war? Haven’t we had enough hypocrisy from religious or so-called “conservative” leaders who preach Jesus but practice death or child molestation on a large scale?

    What is more obscene and evil than waging an economically self-destructive campaign against what is harmless while expensively promoting unquestioning servitude, violence and death through a military whose threat to our individual freedoms has even far surpassed the warnings from Republican President Dwight Eisenhower?

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    As long as YOU, as an individual, stand by and do nothing, or take no distinct position to end this tragedy, this will continue. Unscrupulously ambitious politicians will tailor their messages to a segment of their constituency large enough to support their insane ideas, even if they hurt other harmless but voiceless individuals.

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    With that said, please remember that the 9th Annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert, sponsored by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) of Florida, will occur this coming Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 4pm at Tobacco Road. This will be the fourth time I attend this event. Every year it has been better.

    Flash of the Wallflower Gallery told me he tried getting representation for the Democratic Party but I was the only one who replied. If you want to see just one big example of why younger people are turning away from political parties (District 21 now with 25% of all voters registered as something OTHER than Democrat or Republican), this is one.

    There will be four stages. I will be “MCing” the only stage upstairs from 4pm ‘til about 3am. Before introducing each band, I will elaborate on how anyone can damn conventional wisdom and establishments and make an impact politically as I have done and will continue to do.

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    This is no longer an event for communist hippies, broke and unemployed losers or drug addicts. There are many professionals and other “normal” people from all around who have emerged as vocal opponents of the insane war on drugs as a way to end much of the violence resulting from ignorant government policy.

    Do not wait for others—like your political party’s “leaders”—to make it “cool” or acceptable for you. Think for yourselves. Attend. As Gandhi advised, be part of the change you wish to see. If this is outside your comfort zone, it’s even more reason why you should expand your horizons.

    Frank J. Gonzalez

    Received 41% in 2006 vs. Lincoln Diaz-Balart,

    lampooned by Jon Stewart here

    Running again in 2008

    Post Office Box 832586

    Miami, FL 33283-2586

    Email address: voteliberty@bellsouth.net

    Official campaign site

    Facebook campaign site

    MySpace campaign site

    Email list of campaign updates & issues commentary:

    “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

    “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”

    —founder of the Democratic Party, 3rd President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)



  2. mkh    Fri Jan 19, 09:21 PM #  

    Whoa, the real Manchurian Candidate? I haven’t seen that on the big screen since the 25 year ban on distribution was lifted!



  3. alesh    Fri Jan 19, 09:31 PM #  

    that’s right, mkh, the real Manchurian Candidate.

    BB, I’m not reading that right now, but tomorrow morning I will. thanks for posting it. Top secret Alesh fact: I’m a registered Libertarian, though my views have drifted quite a bit towards traditional liberalism since I originally registered.



  4. Biscayne Bystander    Sat Jan 20, 12:11 AM #  

    Sorry for the long post.

    Frank’s e-mail brings a certain amount of validity to the table, especially when Harvard just announced the results of a study indicating that Tabacco Companies have actaully increased the amount of nicotine contained in a cigarette by 11% since 1997.

    Definitly check out the John Steward link, its hysterical. Maybe Diaz-Balart should have checked with the the 34,000 Iraqi civilians claimed dead by the United Nations, as a result of the war in 2006.