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Politics: A Blood Sport, by Kevin Jackson

I get asked all the time, “Who do you support as the Republican presidential nominee?”  My answer is “Whoever is left standing at the end with the bloodiest knuckles.” Politics is a blood sport, and only gladiators become kings, even some undeserved.

Hillary found this out the hard way, as she made the mistake of underestimating Barack Obama’s ruthlessness or rather the ruthlessness of Obama’s henchmen.  Hillary fought like a Republican, afraid to confront Obama on many issues, choosing to deal only with his inexperience; as if she had any experience.

Hillary should have fought like a gladiator, exposing all the dirt she knew of Obama. She should have body-slammed his boney butt on Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Muslim ties, his not releasing his college records and much more. She could have “Cained” him asking “Where are the women that Obama dated,” alluding to his lack of female dalliances.

By choosing not to grab Obama by the naughty bits and squeeze until it hurt, Hillary got Kung Fu’d ghetto style into Secretary of Statedom.  Hillary was sucker punched by a metrosexual gladiator, I call Sissyfuss, named for the Greek god Sisyphus condemned to repeat the tedious and arduous role of pushing the boulder a mountain only to watch it roll down again.

Republicans must be both the boulder and the mountain, giving Obama an impossible task…re-election. This should be relatively easy, as Obama finally has a record that is front and center, and he can’t run from it. The good news is, he won’t.

Obama will do his best to spin it.  And the media will be more than willing to help as they will claim that his policies are “ahead of their time.”  As one Liberal pundit said of Obama [pp],

“President Obama is too good for America. We simply weren’t ready for him.”

For the Left, Obama is too good for the racist white folks who have refused to appreciate Obama’s almost 9% unemployment[1], his $15T+ deficit[2], and his demoralization of America.  All this was necessary for the healing to begin.

Obama has worked himself into a corner and he needs a villain. “Where da white people at?” More specifically, “Where is the white Republican candidate at?”

What Obama doesn’t want is a Republican warrior.  This is why Republicans need a knock-down, drag out Republican primary season. When we think of who we want to make it through the primaries to become our candidate, think Spartan, the toughest warriors ever.  Spartans sent their future king into the wilderness alone around age 12. If he made it back, then he would become king.

A leader should be a warrior first and foremost. You should want your leader to be the guy on the horse in front of the troops giving the inspirational speech, preparing the troops for battle. What we have begun settling for in America are leaders who have their lawyers in front on those horses, warning of the potential dangers and the lawsuits that might ensue if we don’t fight fair.

I want a leader who if pushed comes to shove would take off his jacket and tie, then put the smack down on another leader. I want a leader who will spank Putin with his own black belt.  I want a leader who will send a back-channel communiqué to Iran in the form of a gift-wrapped platter.  Inside the package would be a note telling Ahmedinejad,

“This platter will have your ass on it, if you threaten Israel publicly or privately again. Oh, and shut down the nuke program or we will make Iran a big sheet of glass in the Middle East. Happy Hanukkah, Punk!”

Diplomacy, shiplomacy; there comes a time, when you just need to open up a can of whoop ass on a country to let them know who’s in charge.  I’m no warmonger, but diplomacy fails a helluva lot more than war.  And bad diplomacy leads to the potential to be treated like Ike treated Tina Turner by “tiny” countries.

Obama is as weak as he is stupid. He got lucky with Hillary, so the Republican candidate must not offer quarter. He must seize on Obama’s record, and with a series of jabs, as no knockout punches are needed. The Republican candidate must show the difference between fake bravado and real leadership.

The next president of this country needs to reinforce the greatness of America, the best country in the history of the world, bar none.  If you can’t say that easily, then you don’t deserve to be president. If you believe that you need to soft shoe the greatness of America, because you want other countries to feel better about themselves, you don’t deserve to be president.

That’s my rant!

© Kevin Jackson – The Black Sphere, LLC – All Rights Reserved


[1] Really closer to 16%

[2] Obama is asking for an additional $1.2T to add to the budget

 
 
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  • Actual Grit

    Good job! I liked reading your article.

  • theblacksphere

    Thanks, Actual Grit. I like your name!

  • Jane

    It appears the only one with any sort of the courage you speak of is Newt and I’m not sure we can trust him. The only one I believe is honest is Bachmann! So we shall soon find out who is ready to fight like a great worrior. Great rant, as usual!

    • theblacksphere

      Who knows. I think a warrior may emerge.

    • Downsouth

      Yes Jane, lets all get together and throw our support to Bachmann!

  • Sir RonB

    Kevin I agree with you on what a true leader would need to do. Unfortunately we do not have any Honey Badgers running in this race or in slow motion. We need a Honey Badger who truly does not care about trying not to offend. Otherwise we will have Sisyphus! Honey Badgers are badass and would send that note to Iran would make the new Lil Kim think twice about continuing his dad's sabre rattling and would work tirelessly to remove Big O from office.

    • theblacksphere

      Sir RonB…the new Lil Kim broke my face, Brosky! TOO funny!

  • ant

    Thanks for the article, Kevin. On the negative side for us, Obama does have almost the entire media in the ring with him, on the plus side, the media's approval rating among the public is pathetically low. A historic low that, hilariously, they only have themselves to blame for.

    • Downsouth

      .Yes Ant, "pathetically low", FOX is kicking butt in viewership, and Rush has 20 million listeners. So when are you going to stop blaming the media for everything from picking the republican candidate to getting President Obama re-elected. And much as you hate it, he will be re-elected.

      • ant

        Surely, you can tell the difference between a Rush Limbaugh, Monica Crowley amd a Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow? And I don't just blame the media, though they are severly derelict in their duties as 'public watchdogs' (30 stories on a rock that says 'N-ggerhead' and not one on Congressional insider trading and land deals). You don't think the political landscape would change if the people were told the important stories? But it's not just the media, idiots that elect Democrats ain't helping either.

        • Downsouth

          Dude, really, Keith Olbermann? Is he still on TV? Not one story on congressional insider trading? Not True! NBC, ABC, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many other news outlets covered the story. I'm not sure if republicans want that story out there considering Spencer Bachus (R-AL) is the face of the controversy. When you say "important stories", do you mean like Rev. Wright.

          • ant

            NBC and MsNBC have done 0. Others have done stories supporting the the critters behavior and excusing it. NYT and others are still not able to find the story apparently. Bachus is not the face of the controversy, maybe to the libtard media he is( that's a give-away, BTW, it proves my point, the only one MSM has time for is the Republican one and then they disproportionately attack him), he's just as guilty as the rest of them, but certainly not a main or top offender. Pelosi, who should be doubly ashamed for all her talk of "draining the swamp" is , as expected, given a pass by our pathetic media.
            Important stories. How about MO, queen of sacrificin', wearing a $2,000 dress to church after, yet again, leaving for vacay early at additional expense to us. I guess she has her own version of 'reparations'. G-d damn AmericA.

          • ant

            More important stories. Fast and Furious, another $900 billion omnibus spending bill featuring a 'signing statement' whereby Obama declares to not abide by restricting further gun regs. Because, well, he doesn't like people owning guns, he told us that. (harder to be king that way, you see?). A data base of school student info containing the parents net worth, home worth, and voting records, all done by and for the White House. Just like the new;y discovered DHS policy of collecting data on Americans via keywords on twitter and the internet. Ya see, we can't arrest illegal aliens, but we can spy on Americans, especially if they aren't libtard Obamadrones. Interesting, how for all the talk of Bush acting like a tyrant,etc. we have Obama ACTUALLY doing what the left said we should worry about, and yet, not a peep against this.

          • ant

            BTW, the 'evil' Fox News has done more stories on Congressional insider trading than anyone, including ABC which did 1 last time I checked, so this idea of 'protecting' Republicans or Faux News from the left is as bogus as most of their lies.
            One Dem member of Congress has on numerous occasions made out greatly on land deals by being exclusively privy to development plans and such, ripping off American farmers who didn't know any better, etc. But, hey, let's run another story on those heroic Occupiers getting pepper-sprayed,,yeah, that's the ticket.

          • Downsouth

            Ant, your facts are not facts and I can't correct all of the things you think you know. I'm just going to say anyone with a brain understands that Fox is all republican and MSNBC is all democrat. I just believe that blaming everything on "the media" is stupid being that the Internet and 24 hour news choices is more than any person needs to get information. Please explain why someone would say that America is the greatest country on earth but believe that most of it's people are idiots.

          • ant

            Not most, about 25%. That's a little more than the percentage that thinks America sucks but continue to live here, like the hosts of MSNBC.

  • docjohndenver

    Kevin, well said. Great, as always. Just don't see the guy you are describing in the current field unfortunately. Romney's idea of being nasty is taking someone else's tee time at the club, Ron Paul is great 90% of the time and CRAZY 10 % of the time, and Newt may bloody his knuckles on his own chin. We'll see if one of them turns out to have some badass to them.

    • Guest woman

      I'll take the 90% and we can work on the other 10%……….

      • docjohndenver

        I hear what you are saying, guest woman. But the other 10 % is complete isolationism and moral equivalency between Israel and Iran. This is somewhere I just cannot go. Also, black tar heroin has become a serious problem in my practice again. Anyone who would legalize it is either evil or an idiot. And the line that "well, at least we could control it and tax it" is just foolish. I have seen parks in Amsterdam where there are tripped out people all over the place. Europe has tried moral relativism and it is destroying them. Dr. Paul is economically and fiscally fairly sound but with drugs and foreign policy he is a moral relativist. Which is why his base will always be about 8-10 percent of the conservatives in this country. He could win Iowa but then he will fade like always. He brings a lot to the conversation, though. And his comments on medical issues are often brilliant.

        • Downsouth

          I agree Doc, Newt or Bachmann!

        • Guest woman

          Yes, I agree R.P. is a little out of it concerning isolation, but on the other hand I believe that "WAR" should be the last resort… not the go to every time.

          Drugs and all……… Yes, I see the ravages of that too and I'm not completely sold on legitimizing them alllll……… not even pot. The worst drug out there is Alcohol and it is legal. I think R.P. sees that no matter if they are legal or not, people who want to use …will use. Justification, Rationalization and Denial of the individual keeps them stuck.

          • docjohndenver

            Guest woman, actually isolationism and moral relativism do not have to go together. It is a perfectly reasonable argument to say that Iraq and Afghanistan have not been worth it in human and monetary costs. However, to take it a step further and say Israel and Iran are equally reasonable as far as using nuclear weapons in the future is just stupid and completely disqualifies Ron Paul as a possible commander in chief. Also, alcohol and tobacco are ten times worse in medical and social costs than all other illicit drugs combined. But that is a reason NOT to legalize the other drugs, not vice versa. The legal drugs are doing far more damage than illegal ones right now. So why would we consider making the others MORE available? Makes no sense whatsoever to me. And Dr. Paul is all about it.

    • theblacksphere

      I agree, Doc. Newt may be the only real fighter, though Bachmann is pretty tough too. I think somebody will get the picture and toughen up.

  • http://teapartypatriotsonline.com/ MTC

    All I can say is Thank Heaven for little American's who have yet to be tainted. May their hearts find America, and their parents pay for the sins of letting a fraud walk into the White House. Bloody knuckles, I want to see them and bloody knees too!! There is no Teflon, There is no Teflon……
    My recent post Nelson says it’s ‘time to move on’ – Omaha World

  • Lloyd

    It is up to us to support people like Kevin who are attempting to put some spine into the Republican candidate. The RNC, Karl Rove and the established Republicans do not want to offend "true blacks" who are always Democrats, unlike Kevin and the conservative blacks who, according to the main steam, are actually white with a coat of black.
    Kevin, great rant. I admire your spirit and desire for the truth. You are a true warrior! I want to wish all a Happy New Year!

    • Downsouth

      I agree Lloyd. As Ann Coulter said, republicans own better blacks than democrats

    • theblacksphere

      Thanks much, Lloyd! I appreciate when people notice that I'm fighting the good fight, and speaking truth to power!

  • Downsouth

    Kevin, great plan. But you do realize that you have to bring some to get some. Which republican candidate do you think have a record that would allow them to sling mud and not get dirty?

  • Downsouth

    As the referee says, “Protect yourself at all times”. Obama’s defense is improving job numbers, improving economy, improving approval ratings, keeping us safe by killing terrorist leaders, and on and on. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you Gallup’s most admired man for 2011 and still President of the United States through 2016 – Barack Obama.

    • ant

      Yeah, most admired man, except that 'none/no opinion' got more votes than Oblunder. They just conveniently left that part out. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahhhahahahhh!!!!

    • Yngblkcons

      Are you kidding? The economy's in the tank, government's swimming in debt, he hasn't lived up to his promises and he's disappointed most of his constituencies.

      Obama ran on (unrealistic) hope in 2008. In 2012 rather than run on his record or make promises he clearly can't fulfill (the House will remain in Republican hands and the Senate will probably fall into Republican hands) he will run on fear of his opponent.

    • Lloyd

      DS – The economy has been "improving" since he took office. I have been reading about the "recovery" for two years. Reality is the debt is trillions more and the economy is weak. But the REAL problem for Barack Obama is the internet (invented by Al Gore). He will not be able to "protect himself at all times", but it will be interesting to see how each candidate will handle the attacks and how bloody and muddy they get.

    • docjohndenver

      DS, somehow the "most admired man" tag isn't what I would see as something that impresses you. Maybe we can elect People Magazine's sexiest man alive or something. The Dems could maybe run Obama with Brad Pitt. This president will NOT run on his record because he can't. And everyone knows it. To win, he must make people believe voting Republican is voting for a far right fascist. This will be very hard to do if Romney is the candidate so they will then go with the "flipflopper" stuff again even though Obama is the biggest chameleon of all time (see rendition, Gitmo, public trials vs. tribunals, the Patriot Act, Bush tax cuts, etc.). Once again, here are the coming Dem bumperstickers: 1. Romney Flipflops! OR 2. Republican Candidate IS Dangerous Wingnut! Take it to the bank.

    • Downsouth

      I understand that you guys are really hoping for the US economy to crash as it did after 6 years of republican control, but the facts are what they are. The economy is improving. And much as you hate it, President Obama will be re-elected. Oh, and which republican will run on their record and not attack the President?

      • Yngblkcons

        Presidential elections tend to be referendums on the performance of the last President (Obama spend more time attacking Bush than McCain in 2008). This is doubly true when the incumbent president is running for reelection.

        Its completely true that the Republican errors prior to the 2008 elections created an appetite for something different. If you're so blinded by admiration or loyalty or whatever you feel for Obama that you can't see that Democratic errors have had the same effect (see: 2010 elections) then I don't know what to tell you.

      • docjohndenver

        Ah, demagoguery. Et tu, DS? As it happens, my daughter's college fund is at risk as is my profit sharing account (i.e. pathetic retirement portfolio that makes me wish I was in a government union so I could complain about having it better than most). So, no, we aren't rooting for the economy to crash. That would be cutting off our nose to spite our face. We just happen to think that Obama's Keynesian approach to economics is slow suicide for our country (see Europe). And if Obama is re-elected it will ensure further moves to the left as he will have no one to answer to but the radicals he has surrounded himself with.

        • Middle Thinker

          Oh, wait a contradiction in the midst.

          <<That would be cutting off our nose to spite our face. We just happen to think that Obama's Keynesian approach to economics is slow suicide for our country (see Europe).>>

          History will show that Republicans and the right have been champions for Keynesian politics even though is has not been proven to work. Yet upon being elected to Congress in 2010, Republicans held other policies hostage until the Bush Tax Cuts were extended. I guess you forgot about the talking points from Boehner et. al about "taxing the job creators"
          So here is this forum that languishes in the conservatives are you saying on of your tenets that is promoted through conservatism is not working? What a great way to end the New Year? (LOL).

          • docjohndenver

            History will NOT show that Republicans are Keynesians in general. I have plenty of problems with the GOP but they are not generally Keynesians. Get a grip, Middle. Just because you pontificate about something doesn't make it true. And the last sentence of your post is completely uninterpretable. "So here is this forum that languishes in the conservatives are you saying on of your tenets that is promoted through conservatism is not working?" That run-on blather is worthy of placement in a Cornell West book. I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that was supposed to come out some other way.

          • ant

            Don't give middle the benefit of the doubt. He makes his BS up in his head. Apparently ALL the Nations troubles are a result of a 10 year tax rate, that in libtard land equals a temporary tax cut. And God knows the Government deserves that money more than the people working for it, and, of course, the Feds have proven themselves to be great stewards of cash/sarc. Funny how a tax cut is always destructive and should be recinded in liberal land, but tax increases are always positive and permanent. Middle's medications need re-evaluation.

          • Middle Thinker

            The Republicans are not Keynesians? Besides a smattering of Democrats, who favored the Bush Tax Cuts? As for it (supple-side economics) not working, Former President Reagan own budget adviser admitted as such.

            And the rare I will give you is that my last sentence did not make sense (LOL). What I was saying was that one of the things Doc Jon said wasn't working now for the economy is the same thing that Republicans promote: lower taxes.

            After all, conservative favor lower taxes, less regulation, and limited government, right.

          • docjohndenver

            Middle, I think you need to read "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money" by Keynes. Obviously you have not read it by virtue of these last few comments.

        • Downsouth

          Doc I'm glad you can admitt that all of this talk is based on feelings not facts. And if your daughter's college fund was invested in DOW companies, you would love the economy the last three years. A large majority of corporations have seem anywhere from 3% – 15% (some even more) increase in profits over the last three years. So if your retirement portfolio or profit sharing account is losing, its not because of the economy.

          • ant

            Ahh yes…I read that article too, though largely an opportunity to bash the Koch Brothers (is Soros' a poor man?), the idea of the division of wealth growing between the haves and have-nots since The Wons inauguration was addressed as it was by liberals during the Clinton years when the gap between rich and middle class also grew…and yet it's Republicans fault. So, somehow, when the wealth gap between the 1% and the rest of us grows during Democratic reign it is eminently convenient to not only avoid that fact but to point the finger at the minority party. I have to wonder, based on lib argument, how banks and other institutions got their hands on all that taxpayer money without it being handed to them by the administration and Congress? Did they don ski-masks and tell Pelosi to "put the money in the bag!"?

          • docjohndenver

            DS, just stop it. You know that the vast majority of the common folk with their retirements locked up primarily in mutual funds have at best been basically static for the last several years. Give me a break. I am sure 3% profits sounds extraordinarily greedy to you, but to people who run businesses it is barely enough to reinvest in the essentials of the company's infrastructure. I take offense to the idea that the economy is not at fault for my retirement portfolio doing nothing. I am sure you are much more brilliant at investing than the average joe like me, but most of us have not seen the beautiful returns you apparently have. And when corporations make profits, hiring goes up. Well, except when there is an impossibly complicated, maybe-constitutional, some companies get an exception medical boondoggle in the midst. If those amazingly profitable companies aren't hiring, it's because the CEOs are worried that their colossal 3-15% profits are going to get eaten by Obamacare. One thing's for sure: down south you all must be doing WAY better than we are up here. Because the rosy economic picture you paint just isn't what my patients are describing. I am glad your hometown is apparently so unbelievably successful. Must be hundreds of companies moving there.

          • Guest woman

            AMEN………. You cannot move anything … up and down and up and down. I live in Louisiana too DS…….. and trust me, we may be having a turn around on getting new business in the state, but that doesn't touch the Stock exchange business.

            All I can do is just hold on until HOPEFULLY, it does get better. 25 yrs of work and down the drain.

          • Guest woman

            OH and DS !……………. YOu know and I know that the oil and gas industry is huge here…….. or was. Do you want them to let them drill or just let them sit idle or go to another country ??? STATE gov'mt should have the say so. IMO

          • ant

            Well, I'll be surprised if this one makes it through….I've responded to Middle and DS on a number of occasions, on valid points and without obscenity and have been 'deleted by administration' at least five times, so I'm through. Nice chatting with y'all. Happy New Year, I won't be back.

          • docjohndenver

            Ant, I hear you. It has happened to me a few times, too. Can't figure it out really. But I have found your posts over the last year to be well-constructed and on point. It would be a shame to not continue the fight. It is one of the few sites that doesn't get eaten up by goofy way-out libertarians that create their own brand of conservatism with equal parts anti-semitism and isolationism. But it can be frustrating, I agree.

          • Meshuggahboy

            Ant, I hope you change your mind, I enjoy your posts. I've never had that happen to me, I wonder what's going on.

            Hey Kevin, what gives?

          • ant

            OK, I'm back. I got into a heated debate with someone last night and was in a pretty bad mood. It is frustrating as heck, though…especially when it's a stream of thought kinda thing or you wish to address a HUGE fallacy or lie from a liberal poster. Though I should probably hold back some more, I appreciate your kind words and the 'heavy-lifting' you two do here, but this is Kevin Jackson's blog and not 'Ant and Middlethinker's blog'.

      • ant

        "Gold is the money of kings; silver is the money of gentleman; barter is the money of peasants; but debt is the money of slaves."
        Which of these assets have Obama and the Dems procured for us?

        • Downsouth

          For as long as I can remember, Republicans have championed deficit spending. When did it become "Dems procured for US"?

          • Lloyd

            DS, for as long as I can remember, both parties have indulged in giving entitlements out to the selfish masses. These entitlements lead to deficit spending. More deficit spending leads to more interest payments to the wealthy (redistribution).
            Ant, the Dems and for that matter Washington have worked hard to limit our "gold" which is our abundant natural resources that we do not extract anymore due to regulations; our silver is our free market labor which we are giving over to labor unions and the DOL to "protect" us; our barter is not allowed because the IRS has told us that is not a valid currency and the debt is what we asked for in so many ways. It will take a lot of backbone and time to get rid of this situation.

          • docjohndenver

            DS, the only difference between the Repubs and Dems now that we are bankrupt is this: the Republicans at least say they want to change. That's the first step in any twelve step program. Imagine a "Spenders Anonymous" meeting. They are at the "Hi, I'm the GOP and I'm a spending addict" stage. The Dems have not even come to a meeting yet.

          • Downsouth

            And Doc, you are falling for it. Republicans had six years where Bush did not issue one Veto. they could have done anything they wanted to. Now they all of you out saying, "look at what Obama did" and we want to do something differently. Unbelievable!

          • docjohndenver

            Well, I've only said it about a thousand times here, but I'll say it again: THE REPUBLICANS SCREWED UP, SPENT TOO MUCH MONEY, AND GOT KICKED OUT FOR IT! DS, did you miss my previous posts that made this point. My point here was that the Dems don't even recognize they have a spending problem. The Republicans seem to be coming around. Voting for republicans is dangerous fiscally. Voting for Dems and hoping for fiscal responsibility is just stupid. At least say, "We believe in big government and want more." Please don't pretend Obama and his administration have a frugal bone in their bodies. Come on.

          • ant

            You fail to address the issue that we have all learned a hard lesson from those days on "reaching across the aisle" as well. Bush was dumb enough to actually keep many posts in many departments filled by the liberals that worked for Clinton. One reason he got so much resistance from even his own intelligence/investigative wings. Bush the first got the same treatment with a budget cut deal that the Dems renigged on. The accusations now of 'obstructionists' are really the same-old attempt for the one-sided 'compromise' which means the Right is expected to capitulate. The left is much like Islam, reach out your hand and you'll pull back a bloody stump.

          • blknred

            Well you must suffer from short-term memory loss. Three years of Obama admin. = record debt and deficit levels. A good conservative post = the best cure for Democratic Alzheimer's

    • theblacksphere

      Downsouth you are always good for a laugh. 300,000 people QUIT LOOKING for jobs which caused the fraudulent 8.6% unemployment, and you call that "improving." Now the new report from the Dept of Labor show that the O admin faked THOSE numbers. When you have to fake 8.6% unemployment, you're in trouble.

  • Yngblkcons

    Diplomacy, shiplomacy; there comes a time, when you just need to open up a can of whoop ass on a country to let them know who’s in charge. I’m no warmonger, but diplomacy fails a helluva lot more than war.
    —-
    That's debatable. War doesn't magically solve problems and the type of war/nation building project that fundamentally remakes an enemy (nods towards Japan and Germany) is a very long, very expensive commitment with an uncertain payoff.

    Even the strongest presidents recognize the limitations of war (after the attack on the Marines in Lebanon, Reagan would have been well within his rights to invade Iran, but he choose to focus on the main threat, the USSR).

    Generally speaking, Americans tend to defer to the President's judgement in regards to the use of force up until American soldiers start dying, at which point hard questions are asked.

    • theblacksphere

      Would you defer your company to this president? There is not a profitable company in America who would let Obama run it.

  • Banneker77

    These republicans need to not be SO SCARRRRED of Obama an’ dem. I think THE MALES are more scared. I see Bachmann as the nominee. Karl Roves bunch are wussy, and R.P. Is actually scary with his crazy drug legalization and foreign policy. Also. Did he run a newsletter that was anti black & anti semitic? Of is that my imagination. Y’all need to think!

    • docjohndenver

      Well said, Banneker. Except Bachmann has no real chance of being the nominee. But I agree with everything else.

    • Yngblkcons

      I was no Ron Paul fan even before I learned about his newsletters, but I don't think drug legalization is a bad idea. Its politically untenetable, but honestly, the war on drugs has worked about as well as Prohibition.

      We spend billions, but over the years the price of drugs has gone down and the purity has gone up. Drugs are varying degrees of bad, but people who don't do drugs don't do drugs because they don't want to do them, not because they can't find them.

      All the drugs that reach our shores are consumed and bought for very high prices (guaranteeing that someone will always be willing to suppy them).

      • docjohndenver

        Yngblkcons, the problem with that argument is that it has been done and drug legalization has massively increased the use of hard drugs in Amsterdam, etc. Pot should be legalized as it is less damaging by far than alcohol to society. But Ron Paul believes ALL drugs should be legalized. Which means one of two things: 1. he hasn't seen any patients hooked on black tar, meth or crack OR 2. He doesn't care. Alcohol and tobacco directly kill hundreds of thousands of people in the US every year, millions if secondary diseases are counted. All the other drugs combined kill tens of thousands. So, right now, legal drugs are much more damaging than illegal ones. How can that possibly argue FOR legalizing more? The war on drugs has not gone well, but all of those warehouses on the border full of drugs that have been seized represent something. And morality has to come into play also. When we know that child abuse, sexual abuse and spousal abuse all go up exponentially in families with hard drug use, how can we possibly give our imprimatur to it?

        • Yngblkcons

          I didn't find any articles which supported your claim that drug legalization massively increased the use of hard drugs in Amsterdam, but perhaps I was looking in the wrong places. Please provide me with a link to your source (below is the most comprehensive of the recent-ish sources I found).
          http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica

          Anyway, I agree with you that drugs are harmful (heck, I've barely touched a drink since college, which was some years ago) but I stand by my point that as it stands what keeps people away from drugs is not inaccessibility, but a lack of desire. People desperate to destroy lots of brain cells will always find a way (when I was in Guatemala, poor street kids got high off of glue and paint).

          Drug addicts do their share of damage, but so do drug dealers and their street wars.

          • Guest woman

            Amsterdam ? doc, how many patients do you see here in America that addicted to one thing or another ? I would guess A LOT!!! And personally, I do believe that POT is just as bad…….. try giving someone a couple of doobies… then put them in a car. Yeah… you see?

          • docjohndenver

            I hear what you are saying about pot. But it just doesn't play out in my practice. I have only seen one fatal car accident from someone high on pot in twenty years. I have seen dozens with respect to alcohol and other drugs. I am not advocating for pot. I am just saying that it is not nearly as damaging to people I have seen as alcohol. The harder drugs are a completely different deal, though. If a person is addicted to crack, meth or heroin, it is the only thing that exists in their world. I just have not seen this phenomenon with pot. And it's basically legal here in Colorado since anyone can get a card.

          • docjohndenver

            Yngblkcons, this information is from the Schaffer Library of Drug Policy, basically a review/analysis of tolerance of illicit drugs in various countries. With respect to hard drug use in the Netherlands, verbatim:
            "The police simply leave the users alone. Consequently, health officials estimate that Amsterdam has 7,000 addicts, 20% of whom are foreigners. These addicts are responsible for 80% of all property crime in the city, thus necessitating that Amsterdam maintain a police presence far greater than those of cities of comarable size in the US. The Dutch have not raised one dollar in tax revenue from drug sales, and drug violators account for 50 percent of the Dutch prison population, a higher proportion than in the US. The Netherlands is the most crime-prone nation in Europe and most drug addicts live on state welfare payments and by committing crimes." (see next post for the remainder)

          • docjohndenver

            "….Faced with public disgust at home over soaring drug related crime and pressure from other European Community countries to strengthen drug laws, Dutch authorities are implementing an aggressive program to reduce drug-linked crimes and disturbances and show new teeth in combatting illegal drug sales. Eberhard van der Laan (Amsterdam City Councilman) says, "People are absolutely fed up with all the troubles caused by drug addicts -car windows broken, noise, whole streets almost given up to the drug problem."

            So, even though the daily marijuana use in Amsterdam has not gone UP in Amsterdam's youth, during the same time it has gone down 75% in US youth. I would recommend to anyone the Schaffer Library as a source. I have found them to be quite helpful over the years. But, hey, drug use is horrible here as well. Ultimately, it is morally wrong to basically say to the disaffected, "We're okay with you destroying your lives." But if you don't believe the legalization of all drugs would be bad spend an afternoon in Pretty Vondel Park in Amsterdam.

          • Guest woman

            Pot heads are probably so "laid back" they don't drive ! LOL

          • docjohndenver

            Actually, as funny as it sounds when you put it that way, I think you are right. Pot often is something people tend to do at home or in small, mellow groups. Whereas , drunks drive home from bars. My initial point when I brought up the drug thing (and I am increasingly sorry I did, believe me) was that hard drugs should NOT be legalized. They are different than pot and they own people, in that the addict will do ANYTHING to get their next fix. And the people that do them are often really circling the drain emotionally. We simply should not give our okay to this. Pot is a little different in that it makes people laugh and eat potato chips in their mom's basement. And it is already basically legal here anyway. I am SICK of lazy-butt pothead kids coming in, telling me about the "chronic pain" in their foot, and asking me to sign their application for a card. They are a "chronic pain" in my A.S.S.

          • Guest woman

            No doubt they are a PAIN in your azz………..cause you know and I know that they are getting over on you. So don't prescribe it.

            And yes, the standard thinking is that potheads just lay around and eat chips…. but I know a few…….. and we were talking about driving while HIGH.. and I mean high. I asked them a question. Ok, so you're driving down the road and you KNOW there is a stop sign up ahead. Of course they say: I was only going 35 mph… but I asked them… How long does it take your potted thinking to make the decision to put on the brake? Then they understood me… kind a like " oh yeah… there is a stop sign and I'm too messed up to think about the brakes."

          • docjohndenver

            Guest woman, they don't get over on me. I refuse to sign these idiotic cards and they blow up, tell me how I don't care about them, and storm out. I realize some people do drive high, but the bottom line is that drunk driving accidents are exponentially more common than accidents caused by potheads driving high. Of course they are both stupid. My point on pot is that if people can get a card from any doctor to the left of center here in Colorado (which is every doctor within 20 miles of Boulder), why pretend that the stuff is illegal? It is just goofy. On the other hand, we have an all out assault to rid Colorado of glaucoma in nineteen year olds. LOL.

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