Quote of the Day: Penn’s Sunday School Lecture on Obama’s Drug War (Beyond) Hypocrisy Edition

What troubles me about this… I think it’s beyond hypocrisy. I think it’s something to do with class. A lot of people have accused Obama of class warfare, but in the wrong direction. I believe this is Obama chortling with Jimmy Fallon about lower class people. Do we believe, even for a second, that if Obama had been busted for marijuana — under the laws that he condones — would his life have been better? If Obama had been caught with the marijuana that he says he uses, and ‘maybe a little blow’… if he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard fucking time. And if he had done time in prison, time in federal prison, time for his ‘weed’ and ‘a little blow,’ he would not be President of the United States of America. He would not have gone to his fancy-ass college, he would not have sold books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of dollars, he would not have a beautiful, smart wife, he would not have a great job. He would have been in fucking prison, and it’s not a god damn joke. People who smoke marijuana must be set free. It is insane to lock people up.

Watch the segment from “Penn’s Sunday School” non-truncated rant here.

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    I personally, don’t think that the use of marijuana should be treated as crime for which person has be be in jail.- if we point out the truth it wil be that alcohol and cigarettes which are approved by society become reason for numerous negative health outcomes. There is great paradox between these two assessments.

  • DoctorT

    What’s sad and anger-inducing is that both previous presidents (George W. Bush and William Clinton) were equally hypocritical. They both increased the tempo of the war on drugs. They both admitted prior use of illegal recreational drugs. The war on drugs is not about morality or health protection. It’s just one more way to increase the power of governments and especially the police power of governments. Soon, citizens will have no rights or powers, and they’ll have to beg or bribe bureaucrats for basic privileges (such as breathing and eating).

  • David

    Unfortunately, it is not the left that has done the most to push the tempo of the war on drugs. Reagan pushed the agenda the hardest, and to this day right wing conservatives push for increasingly stringent drug laws. This is an extremely hypocritical view from a party that espouses the idea of limited government intrusion in the lives of the average American.

  • http://www.thelibertypapers.org/ Stephen Littau

    David, I agree with your first 2 sentences but who is being hypocritical here?

    Penn Jillette? Not a Republican. He’s a Libertarian who says he supports Gary Johnson for president.

    The Liberty Papers staff? Some of us may be *registered* Republican for strategic reasons (I registered Republican solely to vote for Ron Paul in the Colorado caucus) but as a practical matter, we are libertarians of varying degrees (we have at least one anarchist on staff). I can’t speak for the others but I plan to vote for Gary Johnson in the general election.

    If you are still not convinced about where we stand on the war on (some) drugs, I would encourage you to search our archives. I think you will find that we have been at least as hard on Republicans as we have been Democrats.

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  • http://thelibertypapers.org/ Brad Warbiany


    I agree. As a general rule, I think Republicans have pushed harder on the drug war than Democrats. And clearly Bush was a hypocrite, having [allegedly] used some pretty hard stuff back in the day prior to his reformation.

    But the difference about it is that he came into office without anyone thinking he’d be different. Nobody thought he’d be offering a more reasoned response to drug policy.

    Not so with Obama. He said he’d respect state choices with regards to medical marijuana, but he’s still letting the feds harass dispensaries. His deputy, Gil Kerlikowski (sp?), said that we were going to change the entire concept of the “war on drugs”. But what Obama advertised, he never followed through on.

    Bush said “I had youthful indiscretions” like they were bad events from his past. So nobody is surprised he’s anti-drug now. Obama said he used to have “weed, and maybe a little blow” like he’s a cool motherfucker. But if anyone else wants to be cool like Barack, you should be harassed by the law-man, right?