On the social activism site Change.org, the ideal of restoring our civil liberties through the repeal of laws like the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act has gained a total of 1,270 votes. That’s about 500 more than the idea had when Jim wrote about it last week.
However, the issue of the restoration of American liberty as guaranteed in the Constitution is only in second place in the Change.org category of Criminal Justice. In first place, with 3,521 votes, is the ideal of legalizing recreational as well as medical use of marijuana. In third place, with several hundred votes, is the ideal of ending the War On Drugs. In 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th place, each with several hundred votes, are more requests to legalize marijuana.
Look, I don’t want to make this a harsh anti-drug message. Personally, I don’t care much about other people getting high, and I can see some benefits would come with legalization of marijuana.
The thing is, when activists prioritize the right to get high by smoking a joint over their constitutional rights to things like a fair trial, free speech, and protection from unreasonable search and seizure, that bothers me. It indicates to me that people are more interested in entertaining themselves than they are in defending the foundations of our democracy.