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Yes, boycotts.  They tend to be important tools of protest.  Saying that we do not like what your company, your organization, your Government, is doing, so we will take away our business from you and limit our activity.  They are an extreme form of protest.

SB-1070 has been passed recently in Arizona, and with it, have been a slew of Protests and…yes…boycotts.  Boycotts by certain Cities of all economic activities in Arizona, Governors not coming, companies like Arizona Iced Tea….made in New York…are called on as being the tea of fascists.

Now boycotts can be perfectly legitimate forms of protest, and several of them have been pulled off successfully…and for good reason.  The most famous of these is the Montgomery Bus boycott that MLK and Rosa Parks did to combat the policy of a target company, and a specific policy.

Not through Government force, but normal people.

Now the hallmark of a good boycott is two-fold, you need to have a clear target, and a clear reason for going after the target.

That is just not happening here.  I mean sure, if you believe that the bill is a fascist bill then that is a pretty good reason to boycott something and to try to not spend any money in Arizona.

But lets consider that for a second.

The motivation is specific, but the target is not.

The boycotters are willing to protest anything, the Arizona Diamond Backs, any local business, and the tea of fascists.

When none of these people are to be held responsible.  Your quibble is with the Government of Arizona and not its citizenry, though many citizens do support this bill.    (70% in Arizona, and 60% nationally currently.)

But yet you are willing to economically strangle a state for not agreeing with your specific position.  You are willing to completely freeze, and isolate a state, for trying to solve an insane problem.

Gee, California, I hope that Arizona does not return the favor or you could get real thirsty…real fast.

How about instead of trying to coerce someone, through force, that you try to help them out?  Help us to come see the light and lets come to a reasonable solution together.  Boycotts should be the protest of last resort.

I have a friend, a good friend.  He does not agree with me on this issue, we do not quite see eye to eye on education and other issues.  But, he is a friend, I welcome his input and he has made some very good points about the bill.

I still support the bill, that has not wavered, but I do see his points and it is some of the most logical criticisms I have heard against the bill.  And I have problems with the bill, there is room for improvement.

Instead of trying to destroy us, work with us, that is all we beg of you.  That is all I beg of you.

Instead of saying, I will not drink the tea of fascists…from New York, make a commitment to help change, and then if we poor obstinate Arizonans do become a threat, and the bill is not good, then you can boycott all the things you want to boycott.

But there is another thing that I want to bring up to.

Could you imagine the wailing, the moaning, the caterwauling, and the ‘oh how dare they’ if people threatened to boycott the federal Government for the passage of a controversial bill that many have called fascist or Communist.

What if, you know, people started to…secede…over the passage of a simple bill.

What would the people who are boycotting us be saying now?

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Normally you would not hear the three of these words together, and nor should you really.

Right now there is a movement to legalize, soft drugs…maybe even hard drugs.  To remove their use as a crime, because it is victimless and it is what someone does for or to themselves.  It is not the responsibility of society to pay for, or punish behavior such as that.

Now, on the whole notion I am luke warm on and really cautious about.  I am not sure all drugs should be legalized, and am cautious on the effects that they will have on the rest of society.

I do believe it is a state issue and for the states to decide.  If California wants to legalize marijuana, then let them, no skin off my back, I am in Arizona.  It is not really an issue for the Federal Government to deal with.  Unless it crosses borders.

But in the end, my advice is, not yet, not now, and we really need to take a long look at the process before we decide on what drugs should be legal and not, and how and where they should be legal.

We should do that anyways, but given the political situation in this country right now makes it really important that we put this off onto the back-burner.

It’s an end of the road sort of thing.

What I mean is that right now we have limited freedom, limited control of our own lives.  Everything, seemingly, is being taken away from us by our power mad Government.  What to eat, where to go to school, what health care to buy, etc etc.

So why drugs?

We know why liberals tend to be more supportive of gay marriage, of abortion, of illegal immigration…sorry immigration ‘reform’…and a host of other issues.

But why drugs?  Especially since many Liberals/ Progressives are bent on controlling your health, passing health care, mandating that restaurants cannot sell certain things.  And drugs are health concerns in some small part or another.

To give us another distraction, another issue to keep us busy.  And then if we get the drugs then it will just give…a certain percentage of the population, the ability to be doped up and to ignore events, thereby to be more easily controlled.

It’s just to drug us up, get us high, and ignore things.  And then to paint anyone who does not want the drugs as hypocrites.  Oh you do not want drugs but you love liberty?  Hypocrite.

But right now we cannot excercise that right because we are nowhere free in any other aspect of our lives to use that right.  Our lives and liberty are under control, or under siege, ever-increasing siege.

We need to get the freedoms we have lost, to restore them in our hearts and minds and our society, before we can worry about being strong enough or free enough to make the decision, yeah I want to try me some of that.

We need to restore our own personal responsibility, the proper role of Government…and dare I say it morality.

Then and only then can we have the conversation of what to legalize, and how we should legalize it, and how it will affect the rest of society, the pros and cons.

We have to regain true freedom and true liberty, before we worry about what to add onto it.  We have to realize what our priorities are as a society to fix before we can move on and try to address these concerns, and we have to do it slowly, with great consideration.