|Source:POT TV- U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich (Democrat, Ohio) speaking at Hempfest in Seattle, Washington.|
"POT TV - US Congressman Dennis Kucinich speaking on the main stage at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Seattle Hempfest on August 20, 2011. See photos of Seattle Hempfest 2011 onCannabis Culture."
From Pot TV
Even though I rarely agree with Representative Dennis Kucinich on anything other than social issues, decriminalization of marijuana being one of them, like Representative Ron Paul I have a lot of respect for Representative Kucinich, because he's one of the most honest members of Congress, which you might be thinking doesn't sound like much. But it's true, he's a very honest man and one of the most honest of the 535 members of Congress that we have. He's very articulate and one of the best spokespeople for the democratic socialist or socialist libertarian movement in America.
The arguments that Representative Kucinich makes for decriminalization of marijuana and treating heroin, cocaine and meth addicts like patients instead of criminals, is very similar to the arguments that I make on this issue as well. Actually, except for economic policy, Representative Kucinich and Representative Paul are very similar on most other issues. It's just that Representative Paul is a Classical Libertarian on all issues for the most part, I believe abortion being the only on where he's not libertarian on. And Representative Kucinich is a Democratic Socialist on economic Policy. (The Bernie Sanders of the U.S. House) I'm closer to Representative Paul on economic policy than Representative Kucinich because I'm a Liberal. But I'm very similar to both of them on Social Issues.
I want government off of my back and out of my wallet, thats where Ron Paul and myself are similar. And only have government do things that we can't do for ourselves. If thats the type of government we had, our taxes would be very low and our freedom would be very high.
Representative Kucinich being a Democratic Socialist on economic policy, likes the idea of high taxes to fund a large welfare state of social insurance programs. Similar to what they have in Britain and Sweden. So thats my main disagreement with Dennis Kucinich. (And that he's basically a hippie-pacifist on foreign policy)
Representative Kucinich and I are very similar if not identical on social issues.
But Rep. Kucinich is dead right as far as I'm concern on the so-called War on Drugs, along with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and with Libya coming to a close. The forty year so-calledWar on Drugs in America is another war we should end as well. We've fought a stupid and hypocritical war, where we have drugs that worse for people than marijuana, that are legal, like alcohol and tobacco.
And this has been a stupid war where we arrest people for what they do to themselves rather than what they do to innocent people. And we lock them up in prison making our prisons more crowded than they need to be. Taking the space that should be occupied by actual dangerous criminals who do represent a threat to innocent people. When we would save so much money and actually make money as an economy and government and put people to work.
We need decriminalization of marijuana and then getting heroin, cocaine and meth addicts the help that they need in drug rehab and halfway houses where they would pay for their stays. It's rare if ever that I agree with Representative Dennis Kucinich on economic policy, even though he does make good arguments. And is honest and believes what he says but he's dead right on most social issues and to some extent on foreign policy as well. And he deserves a lot of respect for that.
On a personal note: this is my 100th post for FRS FreeState.