Barack Obama is a Hypocrite
$100 to Obama (Scripting News) Dave Winer has a post out saying that he gave $100 to Barrack Obama and that he is supporting him in the upcoming Presidential primary.
From Dave: “I was totally on the fence until they [the Clintons] started saying he [Obama] said things he didn’t say. Maybe I could have ignored it if he hadn’t been saying things we need him to say, imho. The reason people running for office don’t try to express complicated ideas is because people like the Clintons will spin it with confusion, and try to convince us he said something idiotic, corrupt or naive.”
Which I read as Dave Winer isn’t supporting the Clintons more than anything because they are liars. Fair enough.
But is being a liar any worse than being a hypocrite?
Personally I won’t be supporting either the Clintons or Obama in the upcoming Democratic Presidential Primary.
I lost all faith for Barack Obama when I heard his weak sauce response to his marijuana use. While admitting that he in fact smoked pot and inhaled as a kid he nonetheless today does not support decriminalization.
Even though, from experience, Obama knows that marijuana is no worse for people than alcohol, and even though the war on drugs is wrecking havoc on the black community that he purports to support, he’d rather continue locking up people for minor marijuana offenses than to decriminalize it and have it sold (and taxed) legally down at the local liquor store.
According to FBI statistics, Law enforcement officers made more arrests for drug abuse violations in 2005 (an estimated 1.8 million arrests, or 13.1 percent of the total) than for any other offense. Someone smoking pot in their own home, hurting no one, does not deserve to be arrested. Obama himself did not deserve to be arrested when he smoked pot.
And yet even though Barak Obama smoked plenty of pot himself and knows that it is not the boogeyman that it’s made out to be, rather than call for decriminalization, he does the politically expedient thing and opposes decriminalization. His pot use was a “mistake” he says. A youthful indiscretion. And yet I’m sure truly in his heart he does not believe that he ought to have spent years in jail for his own pot use.
Ask yourself this. Where would Obama be today if he’d been arrested for his pot use when he was a kid? What if instead of going to Occidental College and then Columbia University after high school, instead he’d spent a few years in prison. Would he be better off today? Would we be better off today? Would society be better off today? Would we all be safer if Obama had spent a few years in jail for his “mistake?”
I’ll tell you one thing. If he’d been sent to jail for his pot use back then, he certainly wouldn’t be running for President today. And *that* is hypocrisy, plain and simple.
There are millions of people in the U.S. in jail right now because of marijuana convictions. How many of these people will be worse off in their future because of this? How many young people will be denied the same opportunities that Obama got simply because he didn’t get caught.
Politics as usual. Hypocrisy as usual. Can’t really see any way to get behind this guy.