Richard Nixon was not a good man. The people around him weren’t good either. They intentionally lied about the harm of hard drugs (and ‘soft’ drugs too), in order to concoct a reason for law enforcement officers to harass and jail African Americans and anti-war protesters.
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
So if you wonder why laws regarding pot differ so much from cigarettes that cause far more health harm, you have Nixon to partially thank for that lunacy.
…But controlling a mob isn’t something you can really predict.
What’s the Saskatchewan Premier doing releasing an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for a “pause” and “delay” to refugee settlement? He’s equating terrorism in France with Syrian refugees on their way to live in Saskatchewan. That’s a terrible, and Islamophobic position to take.
The Premier emboldened people to take out anger for the Paris Attacks against innocent Muslim people.
And talk radio’s Conservative stalwart Gormley tweeted that chanting Muslims in North America should be shot. He retracted and apologized for the ridiculously violent comment that encouraged a mob to “shoot” Muslims.
“We had a chance to do something at the end of the First World War [when Sykes-Picot was signed], but we didn’t. Nobody reads history books anymore. One of the first things ISIS did was to put up a badly filmed sequence of a bulldozer pushing down a sand wall on the Iraqi-Syrian border. It was pushing it down, and on the ground beside it was a tiny piece of paper, ‘End of Sykes-Picot.’ Someone said to me then that it was the end of Sykes-Picot. I didn’t think it was, but that’s what it has been — the end of all those borders. No one was really watching the news so no one caught it at the time, because people didn’t know what ISIS was at the time
“You’ve got this short-termism in politics today. Harper is a good example of this. He’s faced with big questions like this, and he’s talking about whether or not a woman should wear a niqab at a citizenship ceremony.
I’m talking long-term, to plan for the next 50 years. Future generations don’t matter to politicians. Harper had opportunities that he didn’t even think about, let alone grasp. Canada’s natural position in the world is to be a great moral power, that tries to put out fires, bring people together, and look out for the suffering and the poor. None of that applies to Harper.”