should the government get to choose

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Should you get to choose

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Should you get to choose what you do as long as you’re not hurting anyone else. As an example, should smoking pot be legalized in a similar way to alcohol or are you happy with the government telling people what to do?

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Posted by in Politics / Other on 8/08/09
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  1. Dennis Plucinik (2 votes)
  1. manonfire (1 votes)

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manonfire - 6/23/10 @ 10:22 PM:
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"The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." Oliver Wendell Holmes

And he's dead on. If I'm not hurting anyone else except possibly myself, I should be free to do what I want. Victimless crimes shouldn't even be crimes at all.

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big ben - 1/11/10 @ 10:54 PM:
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I am sick of government. Did you know that Americans never used to pay federal income taxes. When the fed was established in 1913 we were only required to pay 1% tax to the feds. Look at where we are now. We are not even allowed to ask where the federal reserve is spending our money! dont believe me google senator grayson and senator sanders vs. federal reserve. I am tired of big brother and I will not stand for a dictatorship and police state. You think that this is radical? google hillary clinton and thesis. She wrote her college paper on how she admires communism. Let us also look at obama and his books that he wrote also admiring communism. Look also at obama czar holdren who wrote ecoscience. this is a book about how we should geo engineer the climate, force abortions, tell woman who can and cannot have a baby, and put toxic chemicals in our food and water to control the population. People please wake up, we are under attack and our freedoms are under attack. Do not take this lightly. We must fight them off in the info war and take back the free country our ancestors handed off to us at the cost of much blood and sweat. The feds have no right telling us who can smoke pot. The cia is on of the biggest pushers of illegal drugs. Afganistan has a 500 billion a year opium trade. Gee I wonder why are corrupt government is sending our patriot americans over there. I am sick of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dennis Plucinik - 1/11/10 @ 11:55 PM: Ally | Side B
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Ben read this:

http://www.amazon.com/End-Fed-Ron-Paul/dp/0446549193

You're spot on.
Dennis Plucinik - 1/11/10 @ 11:55 PM: Ally | Side B
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Oh btw look at who was voted Person of the Year by TIME Magazine. It's actually not funny.

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Dennis Plucinik - 8/26/09 @ 1:55 AM:
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I just read an article about a material 7x stronger than concrete and carbon negative that's made from hemp. That plus it's 100% recyclable. Seems stupid to ban hemp because of pot smokers now. I think the drug laws are going to fall by the wayside pretty soon. And no I don't smoke pot.

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Tomegun - 8/11/09 @ 10:26 AM:
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I'm torn about saying our government controls too many aspects of our lives primarily because I don't feel that some things are worth talking about while others are. For instance, I don't care about GM - I thought we should have let them fall hard - as much as I care about how/why we are taxed.

Our government is always over-stepping in other countries so why would we think they would be different here at home? I think our government should re-define what it is they do and simplify things drastically. The government is a machine that is somewhat of a cash cow for career politicians who make millions in various (under the table) ways. Additionally, they are making way too much in salary.

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cutie122403 - 8/10/09 @ 1:53 PM:
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I am definitely not a pot smoker nor do I agree with it but the government really needs to stay out of our lives. I am really angry at the government right now. They control way too much.
Dennis Plucinik - 8/26/09 @ 1:59 AM: Ally | Side B
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Remember this isn't a terribly new subject so I don't know if being mad at the government "right now" for continuing to do something they have been doing for years makes much sense.

What we should pay attention to is how MONEY will be the deciding factor. Think about this - tons of tax revenue, from both controlling the substance as well as business revenue from new hemp based companies.

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DollyFan - 8/10/09 @ 9:04 AM:
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I agree that the government has gotten too much control of our lives. They allow some people to get married but tell others they can't get married. They tell you you can join the military or get married or when you can drive and what age you can legally drink. And once they establish a new tax, they pretty much have free reign to increase it when they want. Say no to a junk food tax!

I'll presume because of the picture of the pot leaf, we are talking just marijuana. Once you let that be legal how do you say crack shouldn't be legal or LSD shouldn't be legal or.....? Drugs being legalized can start us down a slippery slope. I'm not saying don't legalize it, I'm just saying how do you then stop other drugs from becoming legal.

I agree that without government rule we would have too much chaos but the government has gotten too big and tries to control too many things.

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Ryan Kazinec - 8/8/09 @ 7:11 PM:
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I'm no anarchist but the government has gradually forced itself upon every aspect of our lives and I'm sick and tired of it. Seeing how the image is that of a marijuana leaf I should say that free reign is anarchy and even though anarchy is far more appealing than liberalism, it didn't work.



Some government intervention is necessary to keep the peace but that's where it should end. Drugs are a touchy subject because there are multiple viewpoints in regards to them and more specifically marijuana. On one hand you can generate some serious tax revenue from the sale of it but on the other hand it is the gateway drug and if it's made legal the question has to be asked, what next? I'm still on the fence but as I previously stated SOME/Minimal government intervention is necessary to keep us from chaos.

To clarify, I'd probably take the middle ground on this rivalry.

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mama kaz - 8/8/09 @ 6:54 PM:
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I will jump into this one even though I am not a pot smoker. I think if marijuana was legalized the government could create a lot of tax revenue and maybe stay out of my pockets. I don't think pot is any worse than other addictions, but all addictions will affect your life one way or another if you allow it to control you. However,I'm tired of the government trying to run every facet of our lives. My addiction is junk food and I will march on Washington if they keep messing with that. Tax on soda? Are they crazy/
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