Daily Clips: July 31st, 2015

ATTENTION: IF YOU HAVE NOT YET VOTED IN THE PRIMARY, PLEASE DO SO BEFORE AUGUST 4TH. IT IS YOUR CIVIC DUTY. 

D.A.R.E. (accidentally) calls for marijuana legalization: The miserable War On Drugs appears to be in its final stage. I think most intelligent people have just said no to the whole project’s idiocy for awhile now, but it is good to see that even D.A.R.E. is willing to admit their mistakes. As the Daily Intelligencer reports:

Written by former deputy sheriff Carlis McDerment in response to a letter in the Columbus Dispatch, the op-ed* explains that it’s impossible for law enforcement to control the sale of marijuana to minors. “People like me, and other advocates of marijuana legalization, are not totally blind to the harms that drugs pose to children,” McDerment writes. “We just happen to know that legalizing and regulating marijuana will actually make everyone safer.”

*It should be noted that the op-ed was quickly taken down. So, maybe they’re not as sane as I just gave them credit for?

Jimmy Carter lays down the law: When asked by Thom Hartmann what he thought of “unlimited money in politics”, Carter didn’t mince his words:

Now [America is] just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members.

Those are incredibly powerful words coming from an ex-president. You can watch his full answer here:

Clinton takes a swing at Jeb!’s “Right To Rise” slogan: Speaking at the National Urban League’s conference in Florida, Hillary didn’t miss the opportunity to lampoon the Sunshine State’s ex-governor. Specifically, she took aim at his awful campaign slogan “Right To Rise”:

I don’t think you can credibly say that everyone has a right to rise and then say you’re for phasing out Medicare or for repealing Obamacare. People can’t rise when they can’t afford health care…And you cannot seriously talk about the right to rise and support laws that deny the right to vote.

Oh no she didn’t! Her words, while certainly partisan, are very true. No presidential candidate can honestly call for “opportunity for all” while simultaneously looking to remove (I mean “reform”) basic protections/rights for Americans.

Our gun laws need to be changed: In a plead for sanity, Fareed Zakeria took to his Washington Post column to ask Americans to please, pretty please, pass new gun laws. You can really hear the defeat in his voice as he laments how we, as a nation, now simply “gloss over” the catastrophic levels of violence that guns produce in our country. Zakaria even says that Rick Perry should not be considered as a serious presidential candidate because of his recent call for fewer gun restrictions. Perry doesn’t exactly have to worry though, as he wasn’t a serious presidential candidate to begin with it.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.