I do not claim to have a great understanding of the complexities of US state government elections. However the results of the recent round have had some surprising – and welcome – results.
Particularly the 2:1 defeat of the anti-discrimination bill in Houston that would have, among other provisions, apparently allowed men to enter women’s toilets in public buildings and work places.
Ohio voters rejected a proposal to legalise marijuana use.
Dare we hope that these results signal a swing of the pendulum back towards common sense and good core values?
I have written before that my attitude to homosexuality and homosexuals is one of live and let live. I don’t believe they or any other group that is different from the majority should be discriminated against any more than I think they should receive preferential or privileged treatment.
However, just as I and most people, do not broadcast our sexual orientation and activities, I do not really want to hear about yours if you suddenly decide to tell the world about them. The fact that an athlete or celebrity feels the need to publicise his or her “coming out” or metamorphosis from a him to a her, a her to a him or somewhere in between, has about as much interest to me as the parliamentary proceedings in Kazakstan.
I also believe that if a business prefers not to deal with homosexuals, followers of certain religions, green, blue or purple people, one or other of the genders, seniors, juniors or any other definable group, that is their choice, they should not be prosecuted for their decisions. In a free enterprise society, market forces will soon decide whether those decisions are wise or not.
With the mob mentality of those involved in digital lynching by social media, it takes a very thick skin (and often big reserves of cash) to make a stand for one’s beliefs and values. Particularly if the flocks of vultures, predatory lawyers, bureaucrats and “human rights” activists believe they can ruin your business or cast you in the role of anti something or other.
I do not believe that laws should be changed to make it easier for people to get and smoke marijuana. With huge resources being devoted to stopping people smoking tobacco, which is still legal, it seems ludicrous to me that any governments should want to encourage the use of marijuana. A substance both addictive and impairing.
However, it seems the authorities have already lost the war on drugs, setting up safe injection sites and supplying drug paraphernalia is as clear a symbol of surrender as actually providing free drugs. As a taxpayer, I ask whether it makes sense to waste law enforcer’s time on trying to enforce a policy rendered ineffective by attitudes in government and certain segments of society.
Either drug use is deemed illegal with users, producers and traffickers aggressively prosecuted, or concede that the war has been lost, change the laws and stop wasting taxpayers funds fighting an ineffectual battle.
Perhaps those resources could be better used fighting serious crime, with marijuana use controlled by licensing, taxation and the same aggressive anti-smoking advertising campaigns directed at tobacco.
So, although I agree with Ohio voters that marijuana use should not be legalised, I am afraid that the battle has already been conceded.
That’s my take on the election results, I see them as a slight return to the good, basic core values that have made Western democracies great. I hope it is not just wishful thinking.
What do you think? Leave a comment.
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