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February 6, 2009
Darn Right, Arrest
Michael Phelps; He Broke the Law
guess itís actual news when a sheriff, finding himself in possession of
evidence of a crime, decides to charge someone. People are astounded
that, in South Carolina, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott intends to do
his job and look into charging a certain 23-year-old idiot who allowed
himself to be photographed using a bong to smoke marijuana at a party.
The idiot is, of course, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, and this
incident is being presented to us as yet another example of Americaís
irrational attitude toward the evil weed. Libertarians are having a
field day. He smokes pot and he won eight gold medals! How bad can it
be for you? Millions of people do it every day! Alcohol is more harmful
and itís legal!
Irrelevant. Michael Phelps should be arrested and charged with a crime.
He broke the law.
Letís leave aside for a moment the debate over whether marijuana
should be illegal. I for one am glad that it is, but I certainly
understand that many disagree. Fine. Letís have that argument another
Phelps needs to be arrested and charged not because marijuana should
be illegal, but because it is illegal, and when he made the
choice to use it, he extended a big middle finger toward the very notion
that we are a nation of laws. He didnít care. He felt like getting high.
Screw societyís laws and standards. You should get arrested for that.
Itís the whole point of having laws.
Marijuana advocates claim that supposedly unjust marijuana laws turn
people into criminals. No. People decide to become criminals when
they make the choice to do something they know is illegal. Thatís what
being a criminal is, Slappy.
You may disagree with the law Ė and no one will stop you from doing that
Ė but laws in a civil society donít only apply to those who agree with
them. They apply to everyone. Pot advocates can attempt to use
statistics showing widespread use of marijuana as evidence that the
public does not widely support these laws, and in some areas they have
had success getting the laws changed by doing so. I donít want them to
succeed in these attempts, but if they do, and the law is changed, I
have to respect that. I canít go around demanding that the police arrest
people because I think it should be illegal.
the same token, you canít expect the police not to arrest you for doing
something that is illegal because you and a lot of other people
donít think it should be. Donít like the law? Work to get it changed.
Maybe youíll succeed. But until you do, you have to follow it.
is not the most remarked upon point about drug users, but it deserves
some attention, that by buying, selling, growing and smoking marijuana
and other drugs, they make the declaration that societyís laws do not
matter to them. They may not like the fact that billions are spent
enforcing drug laws, but they are, and dopes like them are part of the
reason. If it really bothers you that money is spent enforcing drug
laws, or that people are going to jail for smoking pot, you could
try advocating that people not smoke it. Because then they wouldnít go
But that is not really the priority of the pot people, nor is their
oh-so-high-minded (get it?) notion of ďliberty.Ē All they want to do is
party. Period. Anything else they tell you is complete rot. Whatís more,
they insist on doing so in a manner that reeks of mental and moral
weakness. You want to relax? You want to mellow out, dude? Do you not
think God gave you the ability to do that with the natural features you
already have in your body? Or is that too complicated for your mushy
brain to figure out? So you flip the bird to society and its laws and
toke up, all in the service of the grand cause that is your own need to
act like an utter fool.
Smoking marijuana is a stupid thing to do. It is also an illegal thing
to do. About these two facts: You canít change the first and you havenít
yet changed the second.
now we know that Michael Phelps is a stupid criminal, who believed like
many haze-minded partiers that he was exempt from the law, but as an
added bonus was enough of a doofus to let himself be photographed
committing a crime.
Arrest and charge him, Sheriff Lott. Itís what you were elected to do.
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