It’s Time To End War On Weed

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for conservatives to divorce themselves from superstitions they’ve embraced since the Progressive Movement of the 1920s and join the pantheon of reasonable people, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. I hold these truths to be totally friggin’ obvious, that all drugs are not created equal, that we’ve wasted billions of dollars and millions of lives pursuing a demented “zero tolerance” temperance goal that was Never Going To Happen, that the losses we’ve endured trying stamp out weed have cost American society more than they've gained, that among these losses are lives, money, and opportunity. That whenever a policy becomes so destructive of the ends of living free and prospering that even the Dean of American Conservative Intellectualism screams “LEGALIZE IT,” only an idiot would hold propaganda images from Refer Madness as an excuse to support our current marijuana prohibition. That if tomorrow the laws of the federal government and the 48 states still prohibiting possession of a milligram of marijuana were erased and forgotten, the world would go on, America would remain the lone Super Power (with other gaining) and the largest economy in the history of mankind, dogs would continue to chase cats, Angelina Jolie would still be hot, and Rachel Maddow would remain an idiot. To prove this, let Facts about this War On Drugs be submitted to a candid world:

  • It costs about $56 billion a year
  • It squanders tax revenue from the drugs targeted of about $42 billion (if taxed like alcohol and tobacco)
  • It costs governments $98 billion dollars a year in net money—a fine down payment on our umpteen-quadrillion dollar national debt
  • It screws up the lives of about 680,000 Americans per year whose only crime was possession of marijuana with no intent to distribute
  • It fails to reduce the number of people who try weed, as the usage rate in the USA is identical to usage in Holland where it’s legal
  • It rewards organized crime, street gangs, and international drug cartels by creating a black market with inflated prices
  • It takes police away from serious crimes like rape, murder, assault, and terrorism
  • It has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. (Sorry. That’s such an awesome sentence I had to steal it from TJ.)

Seriously, here’s what Buckley said about conservatives and weed in 2004:

Conservatives pride themselves on resisting change, which is as it should be. But intelligent deference to tradition and stability can evolve into intellectual sloth and moral fanaticism, as when conservatives simply decline to look up from dogma because the effort to raise their heads and reconsider is too great. The laws aren't exactly indefensible, because practically nothing is, and the thunderers who tell us to stay the course can always find one man or woman who, having taken marijuana, moved on to severe mental disorder. But that argument, to quote myself, is on the order of saying that every rapist began by masturbating. General rules based on individual victims are unwise. And although there is a perfectly respectable case against using marijuana, the penalties imposed on those who reject that case, or who give way to weakness of resolution, are very difficult to defend. If all our laws were paradigmatic, imagine what we would do to anyone caught lighting a cigarette, or drinking a beer. Or — exulting in life in the paradigm — committing adultery. Send them all to Guantanamo? [emphasis added for emphasis]

So, grow up, conservatives, or be ready to lose a lot of tourism money to Colorado and Washington. Pot isn’t a super-addictive poison that gives people super-human strength to kill cops and rape nuns. It’s not H, and it’s not Angel Dust. It’s pot. Unless you’re afraid of people driving too slow and staying out of bar fights, settle down. If pot were legalized, Hostess would still be in business and likely challenging Apple for the highest market cap in history.

If conservatives want to be seen as serious about the real threats to freedom, we better let go of the bogeyman we’ve carried over from the Coolidge administration.

If you do nothing else in 2013, Legalize It.

This Is The Infographic That The Whole Republican Party Is Freaking Out About

The 3 million McCain voter who didn't vote for Romney didn't stay and they didn't vote third party. They died. To survive, the GOP needs to stop being afraid of Millennials and tell them truth: they can move out of mom and dad’s house, they can drop out of school, they can quit their dead-end job with the idiot supervisor. But they can’t get away from government and debt.

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How to Rock the Election Like Scott Walker and Richard Mourdock

The Gadsden flag We're past Empty Chair Day. The conventions are over.  Barack Obama still stands between us and liberty. And the Establishment's more worried about its $$$ future than about America's future.

What does that mean?  It means you and I  will determine what happens in Election 2012 and beyond.

If you want to have a hand in America's future, listen up.  You have a chance to join the American Restoration.

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition will open a GOTV Activist Office in the next week or so. But there's something you can do this week.  

Be at The Pillar in Chesterfield, MO, on Tuesday, September 11, at 7:00 PM for:

Winning Tea Party Movement Strategies for a Conservative America/Missouri 

FEATURED SPEAKERS!!!!!!!!

 Greg Fettig, Carmel, IN, Founder/Architect of Hoosiers for Conservative Senate (Tea Party movement behind Richard Mourdock) - Author of "Tea Party on Safari: The Hunt for American RINO" - Speaker, tea-party activist

 Dan Hunt, Kenosha, WI, Coordinator, Kenoshans For Responsible Government, Business Owner, Activist in WI Recall

 The speakers will share first hand the strategic tactics used in Indiana and Wisconsin to produce AMAZING victories in 2012. These tactics will Rock the Election everywhere they're employed.

Tea Party groups nationwide are joining Missourians in restoring Missouri Values. Concerned citizens welcome patriots from across America who are planning to converge on MO to drive values-voters to the polls.

These three days will "eXcite, eQuip, eNgage" (e3) patriotic groups statewide to "BE" the difference in the 2012 Elections.

Tentative Schedule:

(This itinerary is fluid and viral so keep checking your email for updates and pardon us for duplicate emails.)

 Monday, September 10

Breakfast at the Comfort Inn, Platte City, MO
1201 Branch St., 1200 State Route 92, Platte City, MO 64079
Local Contact: Theresa Emerson (816-616-6197)
8:00a - 9:30a
 
 Nevada, MO
Lunch at Iguana Azul Mexican Restaurant
Local Contact: Jerry Wadel (417-321-0909)
113 W Cherry St., Nevada, MO
11:30 - 1:00p
 
 Joplin, MO
Soup Buffet at Granny Shaffer's Family Restaurant
2728 N Rangeline Rd
Local Contact: John Putnam (417-674-1946)
6:30p - 8:00p
 

Tuesday, September 11

Springfield, MO
Breakfast at Golden Corral
2020 E. PRIMROSE PLACE
Local Contact: Dr. Scott Magill (417-886-8898)
8:00a - 9:30a
 
 Lebanon, MO
Shoney’s Restaurant
1015 S. Jefferson
Local Contact: Ike Skelton (417-322-5220) or Maggie Kress (417-426-5931)
12:00noon - 1:30p
 
Rolla, MO
Location TBA
3:00p - 4:30p

 

Chesterfield, MO
The Pillar in the Valley
229 Chesterfield Business Parkway
Local Contact: Frieda Keough (314-229-8720)
7:00p-8:30p

 Wednesday, September 12

 Jefferson City, MO
Missouri State Capitol - Hearing Room 6
201 West Capitol Avenue
Local Contact: Phil Todd (573-619-4555)
5:00p - 8:00p
 

 PLEASE SHARE THIS ITINERARY WITH THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT AND OTHER GROUPS IN YOUR AREA. Everything is on the line!

Tour contacts:   John Putnam  417-674-1946  ComSense@jscomm.net     MO State Coordinator, www.TeaPartyPatriots.org

Kerry Messer  314-971-2477  mofamnet@ldd.net     www.Missouri Family Network.net

"The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right that Heaven itself has ordained."

Geo. Washington - 1st Address to Congress, April 1789

Let's fill The Pillar Tuesday evening. And be ready to roll when we open the office.

You Have No Idea How Much Your Boss Pays in Payroll Taxes

America is suffocating under an amazing tax burden, but most Americans STILL underestimate how much their tax bill really is.  That’s because Washington has done a fantastic job of forcing employers to hide most of the taxes you pay.  If people had to see and deal with their total liability, the Democratic Party would be swept into the dust bin of history. taxes

Here are some frightening facts from Rasmussen:

  • Only 54% of Americans are aware that employers pay payroll taxes on their behalf
  • Of those who do understand this, on 18% grossly underestimate the dollar amount of the taxes their bosses pay on their behalf
  • Only 10% of Americans have a basic understanding of the tax burden placed on their employer on their behalf

I heard a caller to Rush Limbaugh a few weeks ago.  He was a painting contractor who’d been in business for 20 years.  He is shutting down his company. The combination of a horrible economy and the burdens of even more taxes on business, the added regulation under Obama’s administration, the burden of an onerous Obamacare tax avalanche, have combined to make it almost impossible to run a small business—unless that business services the government.