THE ROOT QUESTION

13 07 2005

It seems to me that the root question that is dividing America is, “How loose is it OK for people to be?”and its corollary, “Is it OK for people to do things that could be considered mistakes from a materialistic point of view as long as they gain insight from their actions?”

The Right-wing Christian, Republican answers to these questions are, “not very loose,” and “no, it’s not OK.” The Democrats don’t understand that this is an issue. I have to tell them, “it’s NOT the economy, stupid!” These questions, folks, are at the root of the Republican-Christian “moral values” offensive. And whew, is it ever offensive! Support for laws that suppress “loose” sexual behavior—and the suppression of laws that support it—heterosexual out of wedlock, homosexuality, abortion, birth control, overt portrayals of sex in movies and magazines, breasts on television, four letter words in music or on the air—support for all these forms of personal repression—springs from the root, psycho-physiological uptightness of somewhere between a quarter and a half of the American population.

Those of us who are confronted by the congenitally uptight on any of these many fronts generally ignore the root from which all this springs, the taproot from which the poison ivy of Republican repression has spread.  Small wonder. This taproot is well-nigh inassailable, ringed about with police forces, prosecutors, plea bargainers, special task forces and enforcement agencies, judges, legislators, big money from many industries, and far, far stiffer penalties than abortion, homosexuality, or sex out of wedlock will get you—so far.

That root, dear friends, is the drug laws. When we as a society grant permission to penalize and demonize that form of private behavior, we in principle give them permission to penalize any private behavior.Why do they go after “drugs” so seriously, when study after study has shown that, especially with proper guidance, no harm and in fact great good can come out of the use of marihuana and its allied psychedelics, which after all are at the heart of drug repression in the Western world?

That is because, when properly employed, these substances are deconditioning agents that can help dissolve the mental fetters that bind people to the blind, ignorant status quo, the habits of attitude and consumption that support the corporate dominators of the world. And so there is persecution abroad in the land, accepted under the rubric of drug abuse and its prevention.

Speaking of the creeping malaise of fascism in Germany, pastor Martin Niemoller said;” First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

I am here to tell you, people, they are coming for the potsmokers and the mushroom chewers and the acid trippers, and if you don’t do something about it, you WILL be next.

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