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January 21, 2014

Hot Air: There's a New Article Up

Well, I'm too engrossed in the comments today so I'm not really finding stuff on my own.

Chris Christie seems to have suggested he'll be attempting to decriminalize pot in New Jersey.

This is from his gubernatorial inaugural address. A cynic would imagine Christie would prefer a policy controversy to suck the oxygen away from the scandal controversy. (Even though many of the claims there seem to be total bullshit, with no evidence for them (except Mayor Zimmer's hand-scrawled notes, which could have been written at any time) and even thought Democrats are admitting their goal is to slime up Christie as they eventually did to Romney, to make him non-viable as a candidate.)

Even by the cynical interpretation, we're at the stage where a politician now proposes decriminalizing pot as a distraction from something politically damaging.)

Is Christie on the level here? I think probably yes, in the sense that this is his actual belief about the right policy.

“We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse. We will make drug treatment available to as many of our non-violent offenders as we can and we will partner with our citizens to create a society that understands this simple truth: every life has value and no life is disposable,” Christie said during his inaugural speech this morning.

The governor expressed desire to help those struggling with drug addiction in a bipartisan manner. “And, while government has a role in ensuring the opportunity to accomplish these dreams, we have now learned that we have an even bigger role to play as individual citizens. We have to be willing to play outside the red and blue boxes the media and pundits put us in; we have to be willing to reach out to others who look or speak differently than us; we have to be willing to personally reach out a helping hand to a neighbor suffering from drug addiction, depression or the dignity stripping loss of a job,” said Christie.

Everything is changing so fast. The old rules aren't the new rules. We're in "interesting times," as the Chinese curse goes.

But, you know, the Chinese word for "crisis" is actually made up for the words for "danger" and "opportunity," as Al Gore and other people who wish to appear intelligent always say, erroneously and stupidly. (It's actually composed of the words for "danger" and "critical point." You know, critical, as in "crisis.")


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