Legalizing Drugs Now a GOP Issue?

Libertarians, Tea Party, Young Republicans: Legalize Drugs?

Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”  – George Washington

So evidently the young, hip, Libertarian and Tea Party Republicans favor the legalization of drugs. And it’s not just the Ron Paul folks.

In the culture war that is ongoing in America, conservatives tend to focus on issues of life and traditional marriage – integral building blocks supporting the Judeo-Christian worldview.

All factions of the GOP tend to agree on fiscal issues; it is the social/cultural questions that divide us.

And so the drumbeat begins, especially following our recent defeats: let’s remove those divisive social issues from our platform. If we do that, they say, we will win elections. The problem is, no Republican will win a presidential election without the social conservative vote. And what most people in the political arena fail to understand is that Christians participate in order to maintain moral standards in our government. Winning, as well as fiscal issues, are secondary to standing for principle. If Republicans were to nominate a pro-choice, pro-homosexual-agenda presidential candidate, social conservatives would not vote for that nominee.

I have overheard and observed Ron Paul supporters and Dallas Tea Party members voicing their true opinions on social issues; they try to stay under-the-radar, so I usually only hear it in sarcastic comments, snarky asides and unfiltered web posts. But I have definitely been hearing it lately, a lot. They are dismissive of pro-lifers and pro-family activists. They view us as obstacles in their quest for “liberty.”

However, another cultural issue reared its head in our recent Senatorial Convention in Dallas.

The Chair of the Texas Young Republicans, Richard Morgan, brought a resolution promoting the “growing and consuming of your own plants.” His comments to our committee cited his opposition to Federal laws, his support for the Tenth Amendment, and of course, liberty. But what he was advocating was the legalization of drugs. He believes Texans should have the right to grow illegal plants in their backyards and then consume them.

As one member of my committee pointed out, there is no law, federal or otherwise, prohibiting the growing and consumption of legal plants.

Our committee voted, and the resolution failed. But the author came back two days later with a similar resolution. This time the resolution failed again, but by a margin of one vote. Two Dallas Tea Party leaders (Russell Ramsland and Ken Emanuelson), an Empower Texans employee (Ross Kesceg), and two other members voted in favor of the resolution.

With all of the problems that we are facing in the United States, I was truly caught off guard with this mindset by many who purport to be Republicans. In my opinion, illegal drugs are not the same as alcohol. These folks, under the guise of liberty, citing the Constitution, believe that if an illegal activity is difficult to stop, i.e. gambling, prostitution, drugs, etc., that we might as well make it legal and tax it. I disagree.

It seems that the ‘60’s “if it feels good, do it” protesters are back, and this time they seem to have many so-called Republicans on their side. Many of these young activists believe that they are the smartest people in the room. They are, however, sadly lacking in wisdom.