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


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Tom Tancredo during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign with, among others, Dog the Bounty Hunter.
By this measure, Tancredo sees a contradiction in Amendment 64 support among progressives. "Many liberals didn't vote for this because they wanted more freedom from government. They voted for it because they wanted to smoke it. Otherwise, they don't mind having a government that takes away more of their money and their freedom. So there's hypocrisy on both sides.

"I would like to be able to say, 'I showed the Republican party the way to capture the youth vote,' but I don't think that's true," he goes on. "If I ran for governor again, let's say, I wonder to what extent this would have any impact on the outcome -- and I don't think it would. I think it would probably end up the same way it did," with Tancredo finishing well behind Democrat John Hickenlooper in the 2010 election.

In his view, the Republicans' demographic issues come down to a simple fact: "The party is completely bereft of ideology. It is simply a mechanism. It's not like the Libertarian party or the Constitution party or even, I think, the Democratic party, whose goal is more government. Instead of having a distinct ideology, the Republicans try to cobble together little segments of society. That's why there's always a big fight over whether we should take out all of the references to abortion in the party platform -- and then you say, 'If you do, will you lose all the anti-abortion parts of the party?' It's a loose confederation of people who come together periodically, hoping their side will win the ideological battle within the party."

As Tancredo sees it, Republicans could correct this problem by jointly embracing genuine conservatism -- and if that happens, members of the GOP will realize measures like Amendment 64 are a perfect fit.

"If you're a true conservative," he says, "this kind of an issue is a no-brainer."

Look below to see two more videos: Tancredo's Amendment 64 debate with Ken Buck on KBDI/Channel 12 and a CBS4 report about his endorsement of the measure.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Susan Sarandon voicing robocalls for Amendment 64."



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14 comments
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

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

@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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