Pot Odds RAC, on Sunday, April 25th, 2010, 1:18 PM, said:
Step 1 - Really? Change the laws because too many people are breaking them? Really?
No, we need to change the drug laws because prohibition is ridiculous. It was a failure with alcohol and it's a failure with other drugs. Legalizing drugs doesn't eliminate the problems of drug use (real world experiments show a slight decline in use), it keeps the drug *use* problem about the same. What it eliminates is the problems associated with prohibition: violence, abuse, police corruption, and civil rights violations.
Step 2 - Supply and Demand? The "Supply" in this case is "America", and the demand is from people wanting to tap into that Supply illegally.
No, the "demand" is individual Americans making the choice to create businesses that create jobs and require employers, and the supply is workers willing to take those jobs that Americans are too fat and lazy or greedy to take. Conservatives are supposed to understand this. I'm not sure why their understanding of economics breaks down when applied to people who look and talk differently.
Step 3 - Gaining US Citizenship isn't supposed to be "Easy", and I don't think there should be some streamlined fast track process to get there. Just because someone wants to come here to work doesn't mean we have some sort of imperative to make that easy or else they HAVE to become criminals. They CHOOSE to become criminals. Again, have you ever tried to go to another country to work? I'm not talking about "third world countries" here. Try the UK or Canada. I can personally attest that it is very difficult to legally enter those countries to work even for a short period of time.
We are a country built on the dignity of individuals, on basic human rights, not on some notion of collectivist views of the "common good" (hmmm, where is that phrase from....). Consigning entire countries full of people to poverty because unions know they can't compete with hard workers is immoral. If you had the choice between feeding your child and breaking an immoral and stupid law, which would you choose? And you judge them for that?And no, I don't care what ANY other country is doing. We are supposed to be the model of freedom and liberty. There's a reason we were world leaders for a century, and there is a reason we are slipping now. Freedom works.