July 26, 2008

An Olive Branch from One America to the Other

John Edwards' greatest legacy in American politics may be in revealing the existence of "Two Americas" that uneasily coexist with each other in the same time and space on this continent. I propose the following olive branch, from one of those Americas to the other:

"You let us legalize drilling for oil and we'll let you legalize pot."

Now that's what I'd call a real kumbaya moment.

Don't Demand the Unearned Rant Posted by JohnGalt at July 26, 2008 4:04 PM

That would be win-win for the libertarians, where do I sign?

Posted by: jk at July 26, 2008 7:04 PM

Wouldn't it be win-win for everyone? Who could possibly want pot AND oil to be against the law?

Posted by: johngalt at July 27, 2008 1:17 AM

You need to use some smiley faces or LOL or something, I can't determine the sarcasm level.

At the risk of seriousizing frivolity, how many people would support legalized pot and ANWR drilling? I'd say about 9%, making a pretty good little-l-lib identifier. Though my favorite is still the Instapundit commenter: "I dream of an America where millions of happily married gay couples have closets full of assault weapons."

Posted by: jk at July 28, 2008 11:13 AM

I tried to get my point across with a one-liner but it seems we've got different impressions of what "win-win" means.

In "my reality" it doesn't mean that a majority of voters win on BOTH counts, but that by giving up something of less value (to them) they receive in return something of greater value (to them.) Hence my question, with ZERO sarcasm: "Who could possibly want pot AND oil to be against the law" meaning that drilling for oil is likely of more value to those who want to "prevent the decay of our nation's moral fabric through abuse of the demon-weed" and I presume, from observation of citizen's initiative efforts, legalization of pot (use, cultivation, sale, possession, etc.) is more important to hippies than ANYTHING else on earth.

So the only subset of voters for whom this proposition is NOT win-win are those who value neither legal use of petroleum oil or legalization of cannibis. How many people are really in that group? Who would they be? Puritanical environmentalists? Show me one!

Posted by: johngalt at July 28, 2008 3:44 PM

Thanks for the explanation -- speaking slowly and using very small words usually works great.

I'm fine with drilling AND assault rifles AND pot AND gay marriage -- if we can only do something about those wicked trans-fats!

I am really intrigued by this book recommended by Samizdat Dale Anon. Anybody read it? (This full-color graphic novel re-tells the story of police Lt. Win Bear, who while investigating the murder of a university physicist, gets blown "sideways in time" and finds himself in a technologically advanced, fabulously wealthy world where government is nearly extinct and everyone carries guns.)

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