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Dear Rossi E. @ Blue Jersey (+)
by: gary stein
Mon Aug 16, 2010 at 05:03:54 PM EDT
The Democratic nominee in New
Jersey's 2nd Congressional district, that's me, Gary Stein, very much
enjoyed the couple dozen exchanges between us bloggers in Saturday's
diary titled "Sigh" And yes, I'm a recent convert to Democrat.... and
everyone is a little suspicious of me ..... but do we really need to
agree on everything? We really only need agree on one point,
un-electing Frank LoBiondo. It certainly can be about him, and not
necessarily about "inexperienced" me.
Frank-ly, you don't run on Newts coattails in 94- make term limits the
centerpiece of your campaign(s)- break your solemn contract
( once comfortably entrenched) and then don't expect a loyal
opposition 16 years later! This holdover from the 1994 freshman class,
needs to go, and the Democrats- quite obviously- can't field a
candidate. If a Trojan Horse - so to speak- comes along.......embrace
the unexpected- or as they say, don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
As I understood your concerns, you don't feel I offer any specifics,
and yes.... I don't have a political organization, a history of
community involvement, on and on. I take exception with that first
fault especially- the others I can't do anything about. It's a little
late to remake certain aspects of my resume. But, my web site is
definitely chock full of ideas and specifics. But digging through 150
pages of content, 12 dozen music player and several YouTubes might be
too much to ask. I'll give you folks a fresh-bold new idea right here
on this blog- right now.
An oldie yes, but with my new twist- it could be more than the standby-
yet persuasive argument, that it helps reduce the side effects of
chemotherapy etc. Marijuana is the jet fuel in Mexico's drug wars.
Legalizing pot in this country presents an opportunity to cut off the
head of the Mexican cartels (pun intended) and maybe stop all the
violence on our border.
What if the federal government controlled the distribution and
packaging; all culminating with a boringly simple marketing of the
Not to be sold in coffee houses, no growing for personal use, and as
far as I'm concerned, an opportunity (if this discussion gets going) to
greatly increase the penalties for illegal distribution and selling of
pot- and all other drugs- in exchange for the legalizing the one drug-
justified now, because of the murder-mayhem at the border. What if the
said- pot- was only available through the mail, and sold and taxed by
the Government? Well, the users consumption would be recorded- and
that would serve as an effective deterrent to anyone thinking of
selling, what's clearly meant for personal use only. Never mind
paranoid pot heads, what would mainstream-conservative America say
about this narrowly construed plan? Reefer, distributed through the
mail, by the Government.
The Cartel Assassins, the violence on our side of the border, the
ineffective control of illicit drugs in this country; the legitimate
medical uses of marijuana by the people who need and can't legally
obtain it; that would seem enough to warrant a discussion of my idea.
If it's in fact, an issue worth debating, what if we injected amnesty
into the mix; another disgusting example of the endless self serving
posturing by Capital Hill fat cats. Most of the illegals do come from
Mexico- Mexican illegals could drive this whole motley mix forward.
All these issues, including amnesty, can be related if you frame it
around the war raging on the other side of the- not world- but border,
with our NEIGHBOR, Mexico. Combine everything- the process is called
"comprehensive immigration reform" after all- throw it all in the pot-
California coincidentally, is set to vote on the legalization of pot
this fall, only adding to the Federal government's constitutional and
legal headaches with Arizona over border security and illegals.
Ironic indeed, if the ideas I'm tossing around, could pull the legs out
from under- that way too lax California initiative- and save the
Federal Government another show down in the legal debate over states
You might already know that I've been to Mexico several times in the
last 3 years where I visit the former "house guest" we had living with
us for 5 years. One visit was all I needed to see how the petty
corruption by their gov't- especially the police- destroys any chance
for most Mexicans to earn more than a bare subsistence living. That's
even though their country, sits in one of the most perfect spots
anywhere in the world, and probably has more natural resource than the
United States. How does Mexico rate, compared with Canada, where it's
freezing ice cold more than half the year?
If not for all the frustrations I've had with the separate issue of my
good friend, and his economic misfortunes since he returned home, I
wouldn't be correlating drug cartels and the gross national product of
Mexico; I probably wouldn't be running against an entrenched
Congressman, or be suggesting we legalize marijuana. What that says to
me is, I'm the most perfect- unlikely candidate- for national office in
the United States, and we folks in New Jersey have an opportunity to
make a BIG difference.
I've been a broken record for two years about amnesty and illegal
immigration, and just recently suggested to no-one in particular (I'm
running a campaign, but it's like talking to the walls) that it would
be poetic justice if half a million illegal-single- Mexican men made
plans to gather in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Maricopa county, next Cinco de
Mayo, with the intent (threat) of crossing back into Mexico. That
potential humanitarian disaster would scare both sides silly in this
endless immigration debate, here in the U.S. What's more, it would
shake up the Mexican government, because there's no work for these men
if they did return. But that flip idea, born out of my recent
frustrations to be heard, could get out of hand if someone stumbles
across my candidacy and stole my idea. Say they did gather in the
Sheriffs County, what would happen if they did in fact cross over? The
Cartels might mow them down. It's actually comedic, the state of
current affairs, if it wasn't so pathetic. Maybe my candidacy is worth
a second look, and my idea to legalize marijuana given recent events as
described, is worth taking seriously too.
Any thoughts before I announce my new idea to the world, Blue Jersey?
Take your time; my schedule so far has been very light. Thanks.
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