Amendment 64: Tom Tancredo on why GOP should embrace marijuana measure


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Tancredo arguing in favor of Amendment 64 in a Channel 12 appearance.
"It's like that story about Henry David Thoreau. He was thrown in jail at some point in time for civil disobedience of some sort, and he had these friends come and visit -- and one of them said, 'Thoreau, what are you doing in there?' And he said, 'The real question is, why aren't you in here with me?' When my conservative friends attacked me for doing this, I asked, 'Why aren't you here with me?'

"They rail against New York nanny-state activities like telling people what size soft drinks they can sell and how much people can imbibe. They talk about it being ridiculous, and I say, 'You're right. But what the hell do you think is different about the government telling you that you can't smoke dope?'"

Granted, Tancredo isn't interested in doing so personally.

"I've never had a marijuana cigarette, and I really don't have any plans on smoking one," he says. "I might, but it's not something on my agenda. I tell people al the time that the only bright spot in the whole election was the passage of 64, because now I can get high for the next four years -- but I'm joking."

Despite his delight over 64's approval, though, he doesn't believe Republicans could take a major chunk out of the Democrats victorious coalition in Colorado and beyond by suddenly getting behind marijuana legalization. True, young voters who backed Amendment 64 overwhelmingly cast their ballots for Democrats, but Tancredo doesn't see their numbers as decisive.

"The bigger problem we face is the fact that the country, and certainly Colorado, has changed over the past fifty years as a result of massive immigration and a public school system that is ideologically tilted to the left," he says. "We've created what's essentially a new sort of political demographic profile of people who believe that government has a greater role to play in their daily life than it used to."

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Jeffersonian91
Jeffersonian91

Tancredo is right. People my age don't vote Democrat based on this issue. It wouldn't change things much if the Republican Party adopted an anti-Prohibitionist stance. Young voters have been brainwashed through school to believe that having Big Brother take care of you and paddle you when you misbehave is a good thing. Personal liberty, freedom, and responsibility are totally lost on Milennial Democrats.

Bobby
Bobby

These "so called" Christians don't have a clue and have been DECEIVED. Please "Christian Conservative" - show me in the BIBLE where Jesus use the FORCE of Govt. to promote his beliefs. If you were to actually read your Bible, you'd quickly discover that Jesus described Politicians and Clergy as Prostitutes. Wake up and turn off FAUX NEWS.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Good luck with that Tommy. To many of your fascist buddies make Money off of the booming private prison system.

Jesse Tafoya
Jesse Tafoya

fuck that asshole. him supporting it almost makes me want to go against it... almost. anyway, fuck him, total piece of shit.

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

Exactly, this is soooo much bigger than just smoking pot, we can do that anyway.  This is about the vote of the people and fighting off communism.  You are either for us or against us and those against us don't stand a chance.  Cannabis will always win in the end and control the minds of the feeble and weak.

"It's like that story about Henry David Thoreau. He was thrown in jail at some point in time for civil disobedience of some sort, and he had these friends come and visit -- and one of them said, 'Thoreau, what are you doing in there?' And he said, 'The real question is, why aren't you in here with me?' When my conservative friends attacked me for doing this, I asked, 'Why aren't you here with me?'

beautiful Westword, on the Thoreau quote!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@davidjake91 Very interesting post, David -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@tutonehcc "This is about the vote of the people and fighting off communism.  Youare either for us or against us and those against us don't stand achance.  Cannabis will always win in the end and control the minds ofthe feeble and weak."

 what?  A64 was about fighting off communism?   cannabis controls the weak and feeble? 

tutonehcc
tutonehcc topcommenter

@DummyHotay @tutonehcc That is pretty funny DummyHotay, I actually thought you were the Doney_Hotay there for a second, you had me going!  Now where are those Gold Fish?

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