|Source:The Pot Guy 420- Reverend Pat Robertson, blaming Liberals for the War On Drugs and prison industrial complex. No, seriously.|
"Pat Robertson created a firestorm when he first called for the decriminalization of marijuana in December 2010, causing even his Christian Broadcasting Network's own publicist to deny that that's what he actually meant.
Well, in a March 1 segment of "The 700 Club" that went largely unnoticed, Dr. Robertson is at it again, reiterating his call for marijuana reform and even blaming liberals for the U.S.'s over incarceration problem.
We here in America make up 5% of the world's population, but we make up 25% of jailed prisoners...
Every time the liberals pass a bill -- I don't care what it involves -- they stick criminal sanctions on it. They don't feel there is any way people are going to keep a law unless they can put them in jail.
I became sort of a hero of the hippie culture, I guess, when I said I think we ought to decriminalize the possession of marijuana.
I just think it's shocking how many of these young people wind up in prison and they get turned into hardcore criminals because they had a possession of a very small amount of controlled substance. The whole thing is crazy."
From The Pot Guy 420
If I were to take Reverend Pat Robertson seriously about blaming Liberals for the War On Drugs and prison industrial complex (which I don't) then Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan are Liberals. That's according to Reverend Robertson's logic and argument. (If you want to call it that)
I don't want to blame anyone for the War On Drugs and prison industrial complex. This is a nonpartisan problem created by career politicians (Democratic and Republican) who are simply worried about getting reelected and promoted in office, who freak out about looking soft on crime and coming out in favor of alternative sentencing and rehabilitation, for our non-violent, low-risk offenders, especially our drug addicts who fill up the prisons in America.
But if there's anything that's good about the Great Recession, it's that it's teaching taxpayers and even politicians (assuming there are politicians who care capable of learning) that there's only so much money that any government can spend, especially in tough economic times and we have to be smarter with how we spend our tax dollars. Especially our criminal justice dollars that tend to be the most expensive part of every state budget and a major part of the Federal budget. Which is why you are seeing these strange political coalitions forming like with Tea Party Populists on the Right and hipster leftists on the Left, coming together in favor of criminal justice reform.