… or rather, the way they avoid thinking.
Over at RealPolice.net forum a junior commenter asked a question about marijuana and D.U.I., ending with this relatively innocuous statement:
I’m pretty liberal on my marijuana views. Don’t smoke it myself, but I am for decriminalization (not legalization). But people definitely shouldn’t be smoking it and driving.
Maybe a little enlightened for a cop forum, but still pretty tame. However, before long, a forum moderator shot out a warning
Please keep in mind when discussing this, the comment you made even just ‘supporting’ decriminalization borders very closely on the line to earning a ban here. This board has an absolute and strictly enforced ‘Zero’ tolerance policy against talk of drugs being ‘good’. Just a friendly fyi.
Now I’m assuming this is a private enterprise (I have no idea who runs it) and so they certainly have the right to set the rules of discussion the way they wish. I don’t object to that.
But I find it telling. We welcome people with a different point of view here. Now they may not find it easy, but we love having the discussion. In part, this is because we’re sure enough of our position to encourage open discussion. (Can you imagine me saying that anyone defending prohibition would be banned from my site?)
We’re the ones who call for debates (and are usually ignored). We’ll discuss the facts, the policies, the whole range of issues, any time, any place.
It’s not just that legalization isn’t in their vocabulary. They’re afraid of the discussion.
There are certain religions, or religious factions, that try to prevent people from experiencing certain movies, books, comics, scientific theories, music, art, etc. Whenever I see a religious group attempt to impose such a restriction on others, they immediately show themselves to be terribly weak in faith. If they have to shield people from reality in order to keep their faith, it must be pretty fragile.
In a way, prohibitionists (and this group of law enforcement officers in particular) are part of a religious-style cult whose faith is built on sand.
At the forum, it was interesting how members seemed to want to outdo each other in their eagerness to show how much they despise marijuana and drugs, even to the point of bragging about how they routinely violated the spirit, if not the letter, of the Constitution. Senior member jd524:
I hate MJ, and always have. I don’t run traffic to write tickets. I stop cars to get into them. I have a strong thirst to find drugs.
“I stop cars to get into them.” Wow.
It’s not that I’m surprised that happens (not in the least). But it surprises me that we’ve reached the point that they don’t even bother to hide their contempt for the rule of law any more.
[Clarification Note: This post isn’t about cops. It’s about the kind of cops who inhabit that kind of site. There are plenty of other cops out there who would find this attitude horrid. Also note that this is not a particularly recent post on that site, but the point of my response to it is still valid today.]
[Additional Note: I’d like to give a little shout out to my mom, who has taken to reading Drug WarRant to keep up with me (I really should write her more often), especially when I mention religion or the Bible. Hi, Mom!]