Thursday, January 05, 2012

Is there an OFF button on this guy?

Serial philanderer and former muppet Newt Gingrich is claiming that the founding fathers would have supported severe criminal action against cannabis growers. Once again proving he has no clue, this self-proclaimed "historian" obviously missed out on his early American history studies.

Otherwise, he'd probably know that cannabis cultivation and use was a widespread practice, and that a number of early presidents grew and smoked the stuff. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper, for Pete's sake.

A University of Missouri-St. Louis website document titled American High Society says that, "Dr. Burke, president of the American Historical Reference Society and a consultant for the Smithsonian Institute, counted seven early presidents as cannabis smokers: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor and Franklin Pierce. 'Early letters from our founding fathers refer to the pleasures of hemp smoking,' said Burke. Pierce, Taylor and Jackson, all military men, smoked it with their troops. Cannabis was twice as popular among American soldiers in the Mexican War as in Vietnam: Pierce wrote to his family that it was 'about the only good thing' about that war."

The piece adds in the footnotes that "Burke asserted that Washington & Jefferson were said to exchange smoking blends as personal gifts. Washington reportedly preferred a pipe full of 'the leaves of hemp' to alcohol, & wrote in his diaries that he enjoyed the fragrance of hemp flowers. Madison once remarked that hemp gave him insight to create a new & democratic nation. Monroe, creator of the Monroe Doctrine, began smoking it as Ambassador to France & continued to the age of 73. (Burke; "Pot & Presidents." in Green Egg. CA. June 21, 1975)"

Yet the Smurf insists that "the founders of the United States would have 'dealt violently with marijuana growers', despite the fact that they grew the plant for commercial purposes themselves." So the country is going down the crapper and this is the kind of idiotic spew he dwells on? No solutions to the crippling problems millions of Americans are facing, or plans to end the permanent state of war - just tired, nonsensical babble about a plant that has been safely used for thousands of years, and has killed no one. And a proposition to further criminalize and incarcerate millions of Americans, for no sane, rational, or justifiable reason.


Blogger Anna Van Z said...

In my college days, I recall reading a passage excerpted from one of George Washington's journals, in which he wrote:
"There is nothing more pleasurable on a cold winter evening than sitting in front of the fire with a book, and a pipe full of hashish in my hand."
Unfortunately, I have no citation for this.

Of course, in Newt's tiny reptilian brain, such innocuous conduct should result in a long prison term. He feels that taxpayers should spend billions of extra dollars incarcerating otherwise law-abiding citizens who harm no one. This is his addled idea of how to spend tax dollars.

7:25 PM  

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