Brian’s Column: Cops Goin’ Wild?

Open letter to a prospective county sheriff
by Brian Wright

Smoke_PotMike, so as a prospective sheriff candidate, how do you feel about the War on Drugs? [And I sent this link to him.]

Does the county get federal funds based on numbers of marijuana smokers arrested by sheriff’s deputies? The LP is of course wholly against laws against what drugs one prefers, and moreover, like Prohibition, to put it in the words of my favorite (ex) Michigan cop of all time, Howard Wooldridge, “the Modern Prohibition/War on Drugs is the most destructive, dysfunctional and immoral policy since slavery & Jim Crow.”— Citizens Opposing Prohibition. Continue reading

Brian’s Column: “…destructive of these ends…”

What’s the threshold for ‘Independence Redo?’
by Brian Wright

Redeclaration of IndependenceIn the Declaration of Independence of 1776, Jefferson wrote:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government… Continue reading