Saturday, November 04, 2006

Professing to be Wise, They Became Fools

Roger Goodman (D) is running for the Washington state house in the 45th District against Jeffrey Possinger (R). I've gotten several campaign fliers from Mr. Goodman and after the last one I couldn't take it any more. The two most recent fliers only confirming my opinion that many of those claiming to have the smarts and education to lead our state are in fact complete fools and should not be allowed anywhere near Olympia.

Mr. Goodman's c.v. includes degrees from Harvard, Dartmouth and George Washington University. We'll try not to hold that against him but this statement on the latest flier shows how completely ignorant Mr. Goodman is about the abortion industry he has chosen to caucus with.

It's clear that the people you trust...National Organization for Women, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes! Washington...Trust Roger Goodman for state house.
Psst...Roger, very few people trust the abortion industry. They have done nothing but left a string of grief, sorrow and death in their wake. Here's the big secret NARAL didn't tell you -- pro-choice people don't even trust the abortion industry.

Here's the real kicker, Mr. Goodman also has a plan to legalize drugs, which despite the protestation of his wife in the other flier would increase access to drugs. What this mindless interloper doesn't recognize is that his whole plan is eerily similar to the plan that legalized abortion and is sure to bring about the same disastrous results: more not less, easier access for teens, a huge drain on the health and well-being of our citizens, and ultimately government protection and sponsorship.

Mr. Goodman hasn't studied his history and yet he's offering us the same old song and dance -- if we could only put our social problems into the hands of professionals and the "good drug dealers" we would "dry up the black market for heroin, marijuana and other substances." Sound a lot like the "we'll get the back-alley" abortionists off the street argument. Mr. Goodman should know that it was a "back-alley" illegal abortionist who sponsored and pushed for the legalization of abortion in Washington state. It's deja vu all over again. If those selling illegal drugs are the ones pushing for legalization it doesn't sound like they are too worried about legalization puting them out of business now does it? In fact, it sounds like a boondoggle.

In the same way that women facing an unexpected pregnancy need the love and assistance instead of the number for the local abortion mill, those suffering with addiction need real compassion and help, not a government sponsored drug give-away that isolates them from the people who love them and want to help them most.

Reading this article tells it all. Mr. Goodman even prefers to use the term "medicalize" as opposed to "legalization." Kinda like calling it "reproductive health" instead of abortion huh, Roger? We'll just put a nice new label on it, use the words "health", "medicine", "goodness" and "science", maybe throw in "tested by Harvard grads," and whamo you've got a wonderful new product ready for FDA approval.

If you like what legalization did for abortion, you're going love what it does for drugs. Maybe that's why the abortion industry is so supportive of Roger Goodman.

Here's Jeff Haley, of the Drug Policy Foundation in Bellevue -- "People who are selling need to have no incentive to sell." How to remove the incentive? "The only way we could think of," he said, "is to make these people state employees." Are these people high?! Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that tax-payer funded drugs for teens without their parent's consent would following right behind legalization? Teens will be able to get confidential drug assistance through their school nurse and "your parents don't need to know anything about it."

Do we really want the same failed abortion policy replicated in our drug policy?

Help send Mr. Goodman back to Cambridge where his half-baked ideas were cooked up in the first place. The people of the 45th district don't like abortion and we don't like drugs.

Despite all his education, or maybe because of it, Mr. Goodman just hasn't learned that the minds that got us into this mess aren't going to be the ones to get us out of it.


Anonymous said...

There is no fool like a learned fool!!!!

I imagine that the drug dealers, those selling illegal drugs, would not be in favor of legalizing drugs. My reasoning is thus - it would take away their profits, it would put them out of work - and who wants that?

Similarly, planned deathhood wants to keep abortion legal because it is their cash cow.

Deja-vu all over again - you are right on the money, Miss Mary!

Christina Dunigan said...

I gotta differ with you, at least partially, on the legalization of drugs. Potheads don't generally beat their wives, get into violent brawls, shoot people, or get it into their heads to go driving when they're impaired. I'd far rather people be toking down than getting sloshed. So I want to see marijuana laws repealed and MJ treated like booze, legally.

As for the reasons we ban other drugs, we ban them because of the things people do either while on the drugs, or to get money to obtain the drugs. But these things are already crimes in and of themselves. Why arrest somebody for ingesting a substance that might increase his inclination to commit a crime? Isn't that arresting and prosecuting somebody in advance for a crime he might commit?

(The Libertarian in me bobs to the surface.)

Christina Dunigan said...

It's clear that the people you trust...National Organization for Women, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes! Washington...Trust Roger Goodman for state house.

Anybody who trusts these organizations has proven themselves as gullible as people who answer Nigerian emails.

Mary E. said...

I don't think it's possible to "purify" vice. The idea that we are going to hand it over to the government and they'll be able to take the bad elements out drug usage and dealing is pie in the sky. And if they are getting tax money off it the state then has an an interest in keeping people stoned and hooked on drugs. Besides, they way they'd run it would be massive regulation and taxation, which isn't a very libertarian position. It's statist.
I never understand all the libertarians using the "keep government out of our lives" argument in favor of abortion. The state is so involved in abortion. The abortion centers here are just subcontractors for the state. If they really wanted wanted to be libertarian they'd tell the health dept. to quit referring for it, advertising for it, paying for it, etc.

Anonymous said...

Grannygrump - did you lace your grandchildren's cookies with marijuana? My point is that the drug dealers do not want street drugs to be legalized because it would cut into their profits.

Marijuana is a gateway drug - although popular concensus of the masses say it is not. Ask anyone who does drugs what they started out on and you will get the same answer...

Anyway - grannygump's grandchildren - beware!

JUST teasing ya -