Originally Posted by CampingJosh
I don't support gay marriage either. I think it's deplorable.
But God gave us freedom. He allows us to live our own lives as we choose, even if we choose deplorable sin.
Having the government recognize homosexual marriage doesn't make homosexual marriage any more moral or "right"; it's simply the government admitting that it exists. And it does exist, whether our governments recognize it or not. It existed before it was ever legal here, and it will continue for as long as sinful people exist.
And there are two good arguments for removing criminal penalties for drugs. First, it's your own life and your own body; if you aren't allowed to control those, you are a slave.
The second argument is based more on realism than on principle. It's not an argument that drug use is good or right. It's simply an assessment that the so-called "War on Drugs" has been more destructive to our society than the drugs ever were before they were banned. The War on Drugs has been the steroid to the development of a police state, and it is the cause for the total destruction of family structure in several minority groups.
I do support the decriminalization of illicit drugs, but I won't use them if they are made legal. Not my thing.
I am a libertarian (the lower-case "L" there was intentional, as I am not a supporter of the Libertarian Party). I believe that people are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including liberty. People are free to reject God, and it's horrible, but if He gave them that freedom, it's not my role to use the force of government to strip that from them.
I don't give a good God damn whether the government recognizes gay marriage or not. What I care about is forcing the church to accept it. Which IS the agenda. That infringes on MY rights.
As far as drugs go, legalizing it and then realizing oops that was stupid will lead to another prohibition if we then try to make it illegal again. My stance is don't make any more laws that we aren't going to enforce anyways. I don't believe it should be legal. I think it will lead to more problems than you realize. And I don't get how the war on drugs ruined the family structure. I would argue just using them ruined the family structure. Its hard to be a parent when your stoned. Don't ya think
I appreciate that you consider yourself a libertarian. To the extent that I believe in states rights rather than federal rights I am too. However I consider myself a conservative over everything. But Old Grump is advocating the Libertarian Party. As I do not advocate the legalization
of drugs I will not support their party.