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An Event Of Immense Historical Importance- But, No, Not That One [Nov. 12th, 2016|11:07 am]
Tony Grist
It almost slipped under the radar- what with the sturm und drang of the presidential election- but on the same day that Trump became president the state of California legalized the recreational use of marijuana. On almost any other day this would have been headline news.

The liberal political consensus is falling apart, but so too is the so-called "War on Drugs".

So much change- and all happening at once.

[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-11-12 03:32 pm (UTC)
"The liberal political consensus is falling apart" - eh? You're saying that on the basis of Clinton winning the popular vote? (Not the Electoral College, of course, which is what currently counts) No, the racist/angry/misogynist white males remain powerful - but that demographic is only headed one way: down and out. But with the Republicans soon to hold all three branches of US power, and sway the SCOTUS accordingly, it's certainly a frightening time for anybody not in the Trump demographic.

I doubt the War on Drugs is going anywhere - there's simply far too much money and power wrapped up in it all. It certainly could be dismantled, but you'd be demanding local police forces give up their Pentagon surplus toys.

The legalisation did receive the coverage one would expect, considering pot's been legal in California for medical use, with very relaxed requirements for the necessary prescription, since 1996, with de facto legalisation in effect for much of that time - it's more a matter of that status having now been thankfully codified into law. State law, at least; where the DEA will be heading remains to be seen.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-11-12 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm told only 50% of the electorate actually voted. That leaves 50% that couldn't have cared less, or hated both candidates or despised the system. Who knows what they were all thinking because they didn't bother to tell us.

And, no, I'm not basing the claim that liberal democracy is in trouble on the US election alone; I'm taking Brexit into account plus the rise of populism and nationalism across the Western world. I don't think there's ever been a time when mainstream politicians have been so widely and deeply disliked. I think Trumps victory was a judgement on both the big political parties. He identified as a Republican but got so little support from the party hierarchy that he was essentially running as an independent.

The characterisation of Trump voters as angry white males is simplistic. I've read he got 50% of the white women who voted and 28-29% of the Latino/as. Apparently black voters stayed away in droves.
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