Kids not necessarily interested in 'smoking the peace pipe' at the PowWow
Since the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is now an integral sponsor of the single most important meeting of the minds involving Michigan conservative politics (the ‘PowWow being held today in Mt. Pleasant) a few questions come to mind as to how the average young person today (consistently turning in clean drug tests) might view the conference or this political platform to date. Three issues come immediately to mind:
1) The lack of grassroots outrage (not to mention participation) at the ‘rushed’ lame duck proceedings during the Right To Work assaults not only physically…but on THEIR future freedom both to assemble and speak freely at even the most well protected Capital grounds in Michigan history. Why wouldn’t a younger person simply offer the following(?):
Where ‘were’ you thousands of Michigan activists during these 3 full days; if not even to protest beside the other side against lame duck shenanigans that you don’t even agree with yourself? Did ‘Christmas’ and ‘SandyHook’ traumatize you so much that you couldn’t fight long and hard for us immediately afterwards? Why did you allow those with destruction/disruption as their sole motives to do things both inside and outside our (legacy) Capital that no others before or since have been allowed to do? Why did you accept Republican SILENCE afterwards knowing full well that a message was being sent to YOUR CHILDREN that they should never feel safe on the Capital grounds again and certainly expect the same treatment? Why could you not even force censure for “There will Be Blood” or demand (in chorus) that 26,000 teachers striking that day lose their jobs..immediately? Why are there far too many other issues to list here that negatively affected ‘our’ future..yet (obviously) not as much your own?
2) The utter silence of the grassroots on Senate Bill 1129 of 2012 (passed unanimously by Republicans) involving statewide Pension Obligation Bonds “with no vote of the people required”. Wasn’t this bill the very ‘devil’ that you all have been thumping and waving your constitutions around in the air at for the past three years or even longer? What does your utter SILENCE regarding these billions of new ‘guaranteed’ taxes mean to me and my family..for the rest of ‘our’ lives? How can I (now) trust ANY older person to not (unanimously) screw our generation by any means possible..if it means simply getting something for themselves, a relation or somebody that they don’t even know or care about?
3) Embracing, pulling resources from more important issues and ‘begging for money’ from NORML with medical marijuana laws already being abused more than an EBT card at our local corner store. Do you old farts really believe that anybody knows more about the current marijuana culture and its utter devastation on families than those of us who have actually lived through it since birth? Say we’re a Christian family that wants absolutely nothing to do with marijuana yet know if we need it (someday) that laws are already on the books to provide for us. Apparently, that is not good enough for this party platform or the individuals that I have been asked to work with in saving the state from impending catastrophe…IF my family (yes, I want to involve my kids; it’s a teachable duty) ISN’T ‘on board’ with diverting time, resources and money to an issue that we have literally witnessed lives destroyed around. Sorry, but we are NOT teaching our kids this crap and we sure as heck aren’t becoming involved in anything where our kids can’t even attend every single function (supposedly) designed to teach them the cause of ‘true’ liberty.
There it is. The (condensed) view of a young ‘square’ family seeking fellowship with similar patriots in their community. If I’m too old to know what they think or believe..it wouldn’t surprise me. I’m also too old to allow these events to happen without putting them into historical perspective.
May the Lord help us if our children ever figure this all out for themselves ‘before’ we’re all gone.