Muddying the definition of “states rights”: How Ron Paul exploits potheads to advocate for segregation
When did people forget that “states rights” was the battle cry used in the 1950s and 1960s in the fight against integration, the equal rights amendment and being federally prohibited from abusing people based on their skin color?
When did “states rights” change into a byline for slack-jawed advocacy for cannabis legalization?
Maybe they didn’t forget. Maybe they’re exploiting the fact that younger persons of voting age never had to live through any of the battles and bloodshed around civil rights– and instead realize that the way to having th’ gummit stop enforcing labor laws, reproductive freedom laws and anti-discrimination laws is through a bunch of kind-hearted but naive stoners.
The irony of the fight for cannabis legalization through states rights is ironic, considering that cannabis will never be legalized unless it is dealt with on a federal level. The placement of cannabis on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act is at the behest of congress. This means that actions that sound as simple as “abolishing the controlled substances act” or “rescheduling cannabis” require the full approval of congress– the president can not do this act alone, nor can the president issue a decree ordering congress to repeal a law. For all of their moping about “restoring the constitution,” paultards seem to be blissfully unaware of the separation of powers– no one branch of the government makes the laws; they are created in concert with all three branches of government, and unless a majority of the 535 members of congress are all progressive-minded enough to support a liberalization of existing drug laws, nothing will happen.
Working around the controlled substances act and reclassifying cannabis as a prescription medicine is the most effective way to achieve partial legalization, and to reduce the social stigma of cannabis– which certainly does still exist in many sectors of society.
The other side of the coin is one that advocates for cannabis legalization seem to overlook: are the 535 members of congress sufficiently conservative enough to support legislation that repeals federal regulations on racial discrimination, child labor, abortion rights, gender discrimination, labor rights and prison terms? My point being, of course, that states will see abortion, homosexuality, unions and race-mixing outlawed and criminalized well before cannabis legalization is ever considered.
Members of the nationalist American Third Position Party (A3P), whose website was defaced by Anonymous, organised Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s meetings and campaigns, according emails hacked by the collective.
Chairman of the British National Party (BNP) Nick Griffin also took part in meetings with Paul and other representatives of A3P.
“According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors,” read a statement from Anonymous.
It also claims that Paul received financial support from other white power groups, such as the online hate forum Stormfront, founded by Don Black, a white supremacist. There is even a photograph of Paul with Black, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a current member of the American Nazi Party. Paul allegedly refused to return donations from Black and Stormfront. Black told The New York Times that Paul’s newsletter had inspired him to become a supporter.
The sheer amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth from paultards about this is absolutely stunning. Every single possible conspiracy theory has been thrown out in an effort to see what sticks– the FBI did it, the CIA did it, the Mossad did it, Anonymous didn’t do it, Obama did it, the GOP did it, you name it.
The most ridiculous conspiracy theory is the one claiming Anonymous didn’t execute this hack– and TEH PROOFE offered is the page nazi-leaks.info, where, the erstwhile kool-aid drinkers claim, these emails do not exist. EXCEPT THEY DO. FOUR TIMES.And, I should point out, if anyone bothered to actually go to whitenewsnow, you’d see all of them wailing and gnashing their teeth over THE EVIL COMMIE JEW RATS who hacked them!
Oh dear. A frightening mix of the common misconception “NAZIS WERE SOCIALISTS SO ALL SOCIALISTS ARE NAZIS” and blistering ignorance of the intricacies of populism, right/left politics and fringe politics.
I’ll try and break this down:
-Nazism is not socialism. I don’t care if it has “social” or “socialist” in the name– philosophies aren’t solely defined by their names, they are defined by their actions and their makeup. As a poignant example, one of the policies of “national socialism” was to imprison and execute “socialists.” Furthermore, the NSDAP adopted the “socialist” moniker in the early thirties as a way of blending in with the majority of leftist/marxist revolutionary groups operating in Germany at the time. Furthermore, modern day “neo-nazis” bear little resemblance to the political philosophy that birthed them– neo nazis do not have any practical philosophy outside of extreme anti-semitism.
-Yes, nazis are attracted to the OWS movement because the OWS movement is going after bankers. In the narrow, stunted mind of the typical neo-nazi, “jew” and “banker” are interchangeable, but this article clearly eschews any cursory examination of the OWS movement to determine whether any part of it is inherently anti-semitic (it isn’t) for the sake of a cheap partisan attack that only serves to pander to a slack-jawed audience that only wants to hear the same thing repeated from different mouths. The end result is that the article winds up adopting and parroting the exact same philosophy as the nazis: “bankers are synonymous with jews.” Nice work.
-Populist politics is a free for all. Politicians and political movements frequently adopt populist monikers, popular struggles and all trappings of being “for the people” when they attempt to use the success of said elements to bolster their own flagging movements. The barnacle is not an intrinsic part of the ship, even though both move to the same place at the same speed.
Repeating obvious falsehoods and shameless propaganda only underscores the frantic dishonesty and intellectual weakness of the apologists for the 1%.
Why does it seem like half of the people who proclaim themselves to be pro-Palestinian do so not because they actually care about Palestinians, but because they want an excuse to hate Jews? If I stumble upon another site that consists entirely of “ALL JEWS ARE EVIL DEMON BANKERS AND HERE IS THE PROTOCOLS OF ELDERS OF ZION TO PROVE IT” with a little “I support Palestine!” button at the bottom, I’ll scream. I also find it ironic that Nazis use that Israeli flag with the swastika in it as some sort of insult– don’t you assholes like that symbol and what it represents? I mean, if Israel really is a fascist state that practices ethnic cleansing, shouldn’t you be supporting it?
death in june is terrible, irrelevant, and hasn’t done anything even listenable in almost twenty years.
douglas pearce is a cryptofascist piece of shit.
“I’m not a fascist because I have Israeli and Rainbow flags on my website! Nazis can’t be gay so I’m not a nazi. Now let’s take my band that’s named after a nazi event, dress in wehrmacht uniforms, sing songs about how great German culture is, nazi events and nazi people that’ll later appear on nazi-themed compilations. Then let’s go on tour with other bands who like to sing about the same stuff we sing about. Gosh, sure are a lot of white people with shaved heads in the audience at our shows!”
The first time I listened to them, I really did wonder what all the fuss was about. It’s sub-par folk warbling that wouldn’t last at an open mic night at the coffee shop.
Maybe DiJ is just one big joke on people who don’t like music, because he’s been speak-singing and atonally thrumming his acoustic guitar to the same song for years now, and the sheer volume of absurd EXTREMELY LIMITED EDITIONS of the same songs in a different order is pretty much the same strategy of a car manufacturer taking last year’s model and putting go-faster stripes on it. It’s also incredibly insulting to state that because someone doesn’t like DiJ, they don’t “get” it. What’s to get? Douglas thought up the lyrics, wrote the music entirely separately and then sloppily bolted them together in an ungainly, amelodic and tedious blob of sound.
Out of, what, 40+ albums(?) I think can find six tunes that don’t make me want to fill my ears with cement– and I don’t think it’s any surprise that they’re drone tracks that don’t feature douglas’ voice OR his fucking guitar.