Friday, November 02, 2007

The Libertarian conundrum, bongs, etc.

“Good morning, I’m Joe S_____ and I’m running for State Representative, do you have a minute?”

Happily, I have more than a minute due to being dropped at the train station so I proceed to grill this clean-cut and clipboard carrying candidate.

“You’re a Democrat?” I ask.

“Yes, what are you?” he fires back.

“I’m agnostic,” I say. “Well, Libertarian.”

“I’d be a Libertarian, too, if it would get me elected.”

And that’s the trouble with Libertarians.

Practically every person I know says they’d be Libertarian if they thought it would make a difference.

Hello, people.

If all of us voted Libertarian, then. . .oh Jesus tits.

It's way too early in the morning and way too late in life for a civics lesson from the likes of me.
“Pro-choice?” I ask.

“Yes,” he replies.

“Where are you on taxes?”

He knows where I sit on that so he pulls out the rather tiresome 'fiscal conservative' line.

Joe's pandering is impressive. Then he pops out this zinger:

“You won’t hear me talking about this during the campaign because it would be the kiss of death in my district,” he says, his voice just above a whisper.

Intriguing. I lean in.

“I’m for the legalization of marijuana.”

Yikes. Slow down, it’s not even 7:30 a.m.

Way too early to be pulling out your bong, dude.
“I’m for the legalization of marijuana.”

What I thought: "Do I look like a total stoner? Where the hell is this coming from?"

What I wanted to say: "Dude! You holding? 'Cause I could make the next train if you wanna fire that shit up."

What I said: "Your secret is safe with me."
Libertarians. We're the real silent majority. We're a fairly self sufficient bunch. We work hard. We know how to have fun. We don't expect anyone to pay for our mistakes and we don't expect to pay for yours. We want to be left alone most of the time. And treated like adults all of the time.

Where's our candidate?
I'm sure Joe is sincere. Not well-informed enough on certain issues but a nice person overall. And for that reason I signed his little petition.

But he is the personification of the problem with politics and politicians today - pandering to the last person they meet and saying whatever they assume you wanna hear to win your vote.
I am listening to: Kid Rock – Half Your Age
I am reading: Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
And I am: A card-carrying Libertarian


Dave said...

Whoah! The last political post that I remember was your brief flirtation with Obama and his local committee. Maybe I missed something; but, how in a few months do you get from him to libertarianism? I like the destination; but, I'd be interested in hearing about the trip (bong assisted or not).

Posolxstvo said...

So, did you score any doobage?

Hedy said...

Hey Dave - I've always been a Libertarian but I'm also a realist and while I did "waste" my vote in the election on the jeez-I-can't-even-remember-his-name presidential Libertarian candidate I am not going to do it again, thus the brief and ill-fated flirtation with Barack.

Pos: No doobage. I can't smoke. I'm a Jack Daniel's girl and the only reason I would've asked him would be to see how far his political pandering would go. Of course, as a Libertarian, I would never stand in the way of other people doing whatever to have fun and believe that pot is no worse than alcohol. Better in a lot of ways.

Posolxstvo said...

Although I have dabbled with many a substance in my past, currently my strongest drug of choice is caffeine and the occasional hit of nicotine. But I too think America is all bass ackwards on our drug laws. Not a member of NORML or anything, but just wondering why alcohol is fine but mary jane isn't.

Did prohibition teach us nothing?

Hedy said...

I'm with you, pot is no worse than alcohol. Although from what I understand it is wayyy more potent today than ever.