Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Obama: For Decriminalizing Marijuana Before He was Against it

From Lavender Newswire on February 3, 2008:
"Steve Chapman, in today’s Chicago Tribune:

On Thursday, The Washington Times reported that in 2004, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Obama came out for decriminalizing marijuana use. That usually means eliminating jail sentences and arrest records for anyone caught with a small amount for personal use, treating it more like a traffic offense than a violent crime. But in a show of hands at a debate last fall, he indicated that he opposed the idea.

When confronted on the issue by the Times, however, the senator defended his original ground. His campaign said he has “always” supported decriminalization. It’s a brave position, and therefore exceedingly rare among practicing politicians. Which may be why it didn’t last. Before the day was over, the Obama campaign issued a statement saying he thinks “we are sending far too many first-time non-violent drug users to prison for very long periods of time” but “does not believe that we should treat offenses involving marijuana with a simple fine or just by confiscating the drug.” Recently, he had told a New Hampshire newspaper, “I’m not in favor of decriminalization.”

Let’s get this straight:

In 2004, Barack was in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.

In 2007, Barack was not in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.

In 2008 — just this past Thursday, in fact — Barack was in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.

His campaign, forgetting all about the debate last fall, said Barack was always in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.

But then, “before the day was over,” Barack was not in favor of decriminalizing marijuana. Again.

We would comment, but we’ve probably used the word “bullshit” in conjunction with “Obama” too many times this month.

Besides, Chapman says it all:

“This episode reveals that as a candidate, Obama is more fond of bold rhetoric than bold policies.”

Well, pot smokers? You gonna trust Mr. Finger-In-the-Wind?"