Sunday, January 19, 2014

whizza whazza?

 

 

I usually stay away from anything that could be remotely construed as political on this here blog.

 

But the timing of two separate articles on my screen in the same sitting made me question some things that should matter regardless of how you vote.

 

First I saw this article:

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…and my first thought was: isn’t pro-football usually played by (wait for it)

 

 grown men? 

 

I know plenty of toddlers who won’t let you order them around, not to mention 18-year olds who have a lifetime of hard work poured into an NFL opportunity… methinks a hypothetical grown son might not be so willing to be “disallowed” to play the game.

 

He followed it up with this explanation:

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I see his point, but…

 

…on the heels of his comment about smoking, was this article:

 

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He’s perfectly candid about his own drug use:

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Including cocaine.

 

With this kind of perspective, are we certain that he is the best choice for making statements that undermine federal law?

 

I’m not going to jump into his racial disparate impact argument – I’ll leave it broad.

I won’t belabor the “gateway drug” argument, except to point out that I doubt Obama sampled cocaine prior to marijuana; and that it’s only a valid argument because the statistics back.it.up.

And I want to keep this laser-focused: this is NOT about medicinal use of marijuana or hemp.  This is for a segment that chooses to use marijuana purely for its mind-altering properties.

 

In our president’s words; consuming marijuana is a “vice not very different from cigarettes”, and he doesn’t think “it is more dangerous than alcohol” (in fact, that it is less dangerous).

Since he’s already equated smokers with pro-football players… as well as those who consume alcohol and pot (presumably until their effects are felt)… where is he going with this?

Would he seriously be more upset if his pretend son decided to play pro-football, than if his son consumed the same mind-altering substances that he himself did?

 

My main soapbox is this:  I’m tired of the minimizing

 

I’m tired of people saying it’s “just” pot. 

 

I’m tired of working in law enforcement and seeing the numbers climb for driving-under-the-influence marijuana use.

 

Because when they do?  There aren’t faceless nameless victims.

 

Anything that impairs your ability to drive can result in disaster.

 

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I know, because I walked away from one of those disasters.  And it was someone else’s choice to drive that way.  And when I looked at her across a courtroom, shackled in an orange jumpsuit, I told her that she could have killed my child.

 

So when Obama says that pot isn’t such a big deal… I invite him to find my beloved car at the wrecking lot.

To let Sasha and Malia sit in the front seat where the air bags exploded and strange powder covers everything.

Or to sit in the backseat where a baby’s carseat lays tipped against a smashed door.

Or in the other driver’s vehicle, where she bent the door with her bare hands in a drug-fueled state.

 

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To let his girls listen to the trooper or the EMT or my husband describe the collision on a 50mph road when an impaired mind missed seeing the bright yellow vehicle she turned in front of.

Let them go through surgery for injuries.  And see them live with a shoulder that will never work right because of a seatbelt that did its job.

 

I’ve earned my right to this opinion.

 

So have my concerned coworkers who have to witness the bloody aftermath of “just pot” in accident scenes across our highways and have to make heartbreaking notifications to families.

So have the parents who are desperate for their children to succeed in life but watch them wrapped tight in the “harmless” embrace of a high.

 

In the way this president seems to mean… that marijuana use for the purpose of altering one’s mental state, is perfectly acceptable; does he support the use of pleasure narcotics among the armed staff who protect him?  Does he trust his family’s safety to those who are stoned?

 

Before you label me as self-righteous, understand that I’ve seen parents put their “it’s just pot” use before the health and safety of their children.  Witnessed emergency phone calls to poison-control centers.  Fear of what happens to their life if anyone knows.  $pend on their high while their kids go without.

I have a friend who has to sit at home after getting high because he can’t drive for an estimated amount of time, waiting for the drug to wear off.  What if his mother has a medical emergency after chemo?

In my mind it's difficult to make a distinction between the idiots who get behind a wheel, and “responsible” users; because frankly, anything that alters your decision-making ability should give you pause.

 

It’s damaging.

 

More than smoking – with a widespread message of health dangers.

More than alcohol – with a  widespread message of DUI dangers.

And certainly,

 

More than pro-football.

 

 

 

Mr. President.  Please stop minimizing.

 

 

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(This post is likely to engender some strong pushback from members of my circle of friends and family.  It’s alright to disagree.  Respectfully, there are things I cannot share about how close some of those members have come to losing their lives over this exact issue.  Trust me when I say that what I’ve witnessed, and what my law enforcement coworkers witness on the roads – make it clear that there is a price for recreational use of marijuana.  Don’t unfriend me, let’s talk.  Your experiences are different from mine.)

13 comments:

Beth Zimmerman said...

Amen!

Whitney said...

Completely agree

Stacy said...

Preach it woman!

sara said...

could not have worded this better.

Stacy said...

Totally, completely agree!

Emmy said...

Good for you and I completely agree! Unfortuntatly it is very much the trend of society to minimalize just about everything as long as it "makes me happy" and is "my right".

robin said...

Ditto what Emmy said.

Brian Cieslak said...

Well said, Rach!

Allenspark Lodge said...

When the voters in my state of Colorado voted for legalized use of pot, I fully expected the federal government to step in and say "No federal highway funding until you have a reliable roadside test for marijuana intoxication."

To say that I am disappointed in that not happening would be an understatement.

IT'S JUST NOT SAFE TO DRIVE IMPAIRED.

Bill

Kristi said...

Nailed it!!! Well said...

Mrs Mom said...

Rachel, you said this with such grace and class, so eloquently. Yes- you HAVE earned your right to disagree with that man's ideas. In spades.

Keep it up. Rock on.

Danielle said...

YEP!

Bethany said...

Goodness, yes! I can't even imagine sitting where you sat. It's so crazy how we can rationalize our own vices while judging another persons. Plank in the eye much? (Raising my guilty hand here!)