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Obama Oakland Visit Draws Protests
Demian Bulwa, San Francisco Chronicle, July 21, 2012
Oakland may be a proven bastion of support for President Obama, but his planned visit to the politically charged city Monday is expected to lead to the first major downtown protests in months. Medical marijuana advocates are staging what will likely be the biggest rally as they urge Obama to halt a Justice Department crackdown on dispensaries. Antiwar activists are coming, too, lending energy to the barrage of criticism that Obama has been taking from the activist left.
At Salon: Obama's Pot Problem
After holding the party convention in Denver and handily carrying this traditionally Republican state in 2008, Obama could be jeopardizing his reelection bid with a dismissive and even hostile approach to marijuana reform, a top issue for tens of thousands of local residents, including many of the activists who powered his last campaign.
Even if President Obama wins the election, if he loses Colorado and it appears to be because of his position on marijuana, then the entire political world will sit up and take notice.
You can already see the faint beginnings of the mad scamper away from prohibition by politicians…
See also: If Chris Christie is soft on drugs… by Rich Lowry.
...If Chris Christie, arguably the toughest Republican in the country, is open to new approaches, there’s hope for everyone else.
❝Totalitarianism is when people believe
they can punish their way to perfection.❞
-- House Speaker Newt Gingrich, May 1998
President's Day Republican fundraiser
❝A politician normally prospers under democracy in proportion ... as he excels in the invention of imaginary perils and imaginary defenses against them.❞
-- H.L. Mencken, 1918
❝Government exists to protect us from each other.
Where government has gone beyond its limits
is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.❞
-- Ronald Reagan,
The New York Times, April 13, 1980
❝Republic . . .
it means people can live free,
talk free, go or come, buy or sell,
be drunk or sober, however they choose.❞
-- John Wayne
The Obama Admin's Anti-Marijuana Manifesto
☛ Multiple DEA Raids Target Marijuana in Hawaii
☛ Obama: Drug Legalization is
☛An Entirely Legitimate Topic for Debate"
☛ Hil and Gil on the Drug War
☛ Obombo's Sublingual Attack on Ganja
☛ One Drug Arrest Every 19 Seconds Oh Gilligan!
☛ President Obama takes a dump on California
❝Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy, and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support'. Fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others. The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.❞
-- William F. Buckley,
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495