Oklahoma (and at least one other state) wanted to sue Colorado, claiming its legalizing marijuana has resulted in its sales spilling over into illegal sales and/or use in Oklahoma o make it worse here. The U.S. Supreme Court shot down that idea. Now voters in Oklahoma want to get the legalization of medical marijuana on the November 2016 ballot. “If you can’t beat them, join them”? It will very likely end up on the ballot. It will very likely pass. Some who were opposed to it now support it or at least no longer stand in the way. I will not stand in the way of it. The reason is new information has come to light from Colorado, reported on KOKC News-talk Radio. Apparently stats there show the impact has not been negative as previously believed to become. For example, it is proving not to be a gateway to stronger drugs, and might be resulting in less abuse of other legal prescription drugs for reducing pain. Also, an indication it might be resulting in a reduction in drunk driving as another example given in some related news stories.
A somewhat humorous side note (my opinion)… Perhaps the real reason the RNC canceled the Colorado primary, shut out registered Republican voters, shut out Trump delegates, and made Cruz the winner, is because the RNC believed Colorado voters to be too high (not meaning the altitude there) to make the right choice – RNC preferring Cruz over Kasich and being totally opposed to Trump. If so, then supporters of democracy surely wonder what the RNC has been smoking! The plan should be for the RNC to smoke the Democrats, not its own candidates!
I never smoked cigarettes or anything else because of a lifelong history of bronchial asthma. When I was younger, second-hand cigarette smoke didn’t bother me – not triggering my asthma anyway – although too much in smoky pool halls and bars made my eyes water. Now at age 60 (born 5 March 1956) and for the past 10 years, I can no longer tolerate it. Also, I always hated the smell of marijuana when I was near enough to those who smoked it. By the way, I have believed the burning paper might be worse (bothered me more) than the tobacco therein, while being near people smoking tobacco smoked in pipes was much less irritating.
If the GOP falls as result of its own self-destruction, then what remains under Democrats – or rather Statists pretending to be liberal Democrats (like wolves in sheep’s clothing) -might be similar to the world of Fahrenheit 451 as written by science fiction author Ray Bradbury. There are also Statists on the political right pretending to be conservative Republicans. I believe Statists have been like puppet masters of both parties (as if there is no difference between the two from their perspective and for their purpose), and now want total direct control of the country to establish a dictatorship starting in 2017 – and I fear Election 2016 could somehow be canceled by them (Statists on both sides) like the Colorado primary was canceled to make a Statist candidate the future dictator instead of president of the United States.
Meantime, here in Oklahoma, a fire needs oxygen. Loss of oxygen can cause some people to turn blue. Oklahoma has been the reddest state of all 50 states – more Conservatives and registered Republicans. The Oklahoma primary of 1 March 2016 shut out Independent voters (like me), fearing they would vote for Trump, and so it was limited to registered Republicans to help Cruz would win it. Independents were allowed to vote in the Democrat primary here in Oklahoma. Some Independent Voters are left-leaning, some are centrist (like me), and some are right-leaning. I’m similar to Libertarians but not as far left or right as they are. Also, I’m a nationalist patriot. Even so, matters not – rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic – Oklahoma is burning (not just from wild fires), running out of oxygen, turning blue. As Democrats have gained ground, Oklahoma has gone from the black financially into the deep red – now significantly in debt. The state is looking to make cuts. Those likely to be cut are not likely those who caused the debt but worked well within the budget in the past. Those who caused the debt are likely to continue to do so. Democrats have been gaining ground here in Oklahoma. How is that possible? There are still more registered Republicans here in Oklahoma than Democrats and Independents, but the number of Democrats and Independents (especially left-leaning) and now Libertarians is increasing. The main reason Oklahoma has been turning liberal Democrat blue is because registered Republican voters are not showing up to vote – especially in local elections for candidates and issues. Lazy? Too busy? Overconfident? Not interested? Not informed? Perhaps it is better to be a “low information voter” than a no information voter.
Oklahoma is changing – I mean demographics for example. I have an increasing number of neighbors (at the apartments complex where I now live) who are of minorities quickly increasing to majorities. More who don’t speak English (or very little of it). Not just Spanish, but also other languages – some I’m not sure of – do not recognize. As white tenants move out, black tenants, Spanish tenants, and various others including Middle Eastern and Asian move in. As a white male (as well as single, straight, and around my age of 60 now) I’m becoming a minority there. A “Stranger in a Strange Land” I’ve become the alien. That should appeal to my liberal side as a centrist, anchored in science fiction as a fan and writer, but my conservative side prefers to be with my own kind – I mean where I live. I’m not against those other people. Fact is, they have been good neighbors so far – no conflicts with them or between them and others. Just the usual domestic disputes among their own kind as it is with all kinds. My perspective on such differences may relate to “It’s a nice place to visit but I’d not want to live there.” Not a problem for such places as where I’d worked in the past and during school years, or in most public places – although where I spent free time I’d also preferred to be with my own kind. By the way, that included bars with Rock music on the juke box where I was made to feel more welcome rather than Country Western music bars and clubs where I was not made to feel welcome. During the ten years of 1976-1986 my first profession in electronics repair included running service calls at bars and clubs to repair juke boxes, video games, and pinball games. I did drink alcoholic beverages until the onset of bleeding stomach ulcers in August 1986, which is one of the reasons why I immediately quit drinking alcoholic beverages and eventually changed professions. Anyway, I was also a fan of science fiction, such as the TV series Babylon 5. Introduction: “It was the dawn of the third age of mankind, ten years after the Earth-Minbari War. The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It’s a port of call, home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it’s our last, best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5.” I’m beginning to think of my new home (since November 2015) as being like that Babylon (with so many aliens) or like the ancient Babylon with the languages issue. Even so, I must credit liberal Democrats for helping me to find and acquire an affordable place to live, as well as getting on Social Security Disability when my health failed (and I could not get effective health care to fix it). Republicans, conservatives, would have stopped me, and are responsible for jacking up rent and creating the new minimum income rule at many apartment complexes to shut out low income people.
I plan to vote for Trump, if it comes to that. I have favored Trump, but doubts about him are increasing because for some issues he has been speaking without thinking first, and not using good common sense for those issues. My first choice of the remaining three GOP candidates is Kasich because he has the right experience and qualifications – I’ve always believed current or former governors of states make the best U.S. Presidents. Now the only smoke I want to see is from the Democratic candidates going down in flames. I’d prefer Sanders over Clinton, if it were to come to that nightmare. I’m not totally anti-liberal or anti-Democrat. I’d have liked Jim Webb to stay in the race as a Democrat or to go Independent. By the way, over the years, most of my friends, coworkers, and employers have been Democrats – they always treated me better than Republicans have, even though I came from a Republican family in the oil business with wells in Kansas and Oklahoma. I’d prefer a centrist Independent over a conservative Republican if it were possible to get such a candidate on the ballots in all 50 states get elected. I hope if Trump gets shut out by the RNC that he does go Independent and stays in the race. He might be the only Independent able to get on the ballot in all 50 states and have a good chance of winning the election. If the RNC selects Cruz, then Clinton will mop the floor with him if she is the Democratic candidate, or Sanders will roll right over Cruz if he gets it. However, if the RNC picks Kasich, it could go either way – and I might vote for him as the Republican candidate over Trump as an Independent candidate. Evan so, my reasons for supporting Trump are same as most of his other supporters, such as replacing useless politics with effective business tog et this country back on track. Obama has dragged it into the most bizarre Outer Limits of The Twilight Zone! As for Cruz, the truth is just another lie not yet found out. He can’t be trusted. “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell (author of 1984).
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