Every once in a while I come across a story where I’m not even sure how to describe the stupidity that I just came across. This recently happened after Sarah Palin’s Iowa Freedom Summit debacle where she gave a speech so incoherent that it was almost impossible to transcribe.
But that was just Palin being Palin as opposed to a supposedly coherent individual simply making absurd and idiotic statements. That’s exactly what happened when Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) decided he would voice his opinions concerning legalized marijuana.
“Marijuana is a gateway drug, we have proven that scientifically,” Fleming said. “To think that today’s meth user was not yesterday’s marijuana user is actually just a flight of fantasy.”
Yes, that’s Fleming essentially saying that marijuana is just one small step away from meth, and legalizing it will essentially turn the United States into the series Breaking Bad.
He then went on to say, “Pretty soon you’ll see someone stopped on the street corner who is smoking and the policeman says, ‘I’m going to have to fine you or arrest you for smoking a cigarette,’ and they go, ‘no that’s marijuana,’ ‘oh that’s ok, it’s just marijuana.’ That’s really the direction we’re heading in.”
There’s so much stupid in that statement it’s hard to even know where to begin. The fact is, if marijuana is eventually legalized nationally, smoking it will most likely end up being subjected to the strict consumption regulations of both tobacco and alcohol in most places.
But after that ludicrous statement he really went off the rails.
“They say, ‘you should be free to do whatever you want,’ well that’s fine but when society has to pick up the pieces and take care of you and your health and your family and support you through a very, very thick safety net system because you are now addicted or you have poor health and you can’t support yourself, then all you’re going to do is see a system, a society, if you will, that becomes more and more disabled and more and more supported by the government,” Fleming said. “How can you make a libertarian argument for that? But that is the future if we allow people to go irresponsibly into the future legalizing such dangerous substances, which inevitably are going to make their way into the homes and, when they do, children are going to be using them as well.”
There’s not a whole lot I can say to further emphasize how absurd that statement; Fleming did a fine job of emphasizing it himself. Then again, this is the same idiot who just a few years back fell for an Onion story about abortion, so we really shouldn’t be too surprised that he’s spewing nonsense like this.
This idea that just because marijuana is illegal in most places means that people can’t get their hands on it is absolutely comical. I’ve never once used marijuana, but I’m pretty certain I could go obtain some within 10-15 minutes if I really wanted to. And while I still believe that there’s plenty to discuss as it relates to marijuana legalization, morons like John Fleming have no business being part of that discussion. This debate requires adults who deal with facts as opposed to fools spouting off whatever drivel comes to mind.