It’s too bad that we live in a world where peace and compromise are not easily obtained. I think most would agree. Survey the great American populous on any given day and ask them to voice their preference on war or peace and the results will, without question, resonate an overall attitude of pacifism and goodwill — even if they don’t really believe it. You see, that’s the thing. We, the American people, love a good fight. Throughout the whole of history, the good, the rotten, the unspeakably despicable, all the significant, worthwhile progress has been carved out through vicious bouts of violence, unfathomable levels of death and destruction and lengthy periods of unwavering savagery. Even today, watching two men beat the living snot out of each other inside the ring is top dollar entertainment on any given Saturday night. It’s like Megadeth said, “Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying.”
Rest assured, nobody.
So, it did not surprise me (well, maybe a little) to see a headline this week suggesting that a couple of cannabis advocates were arrested in Washington D.C after a confrontation with a U.S. Congressman left him with a “bruised wrist.” After reading the report, which indicated that two pro-pot protestors attempted to “forcibly enter” the office of Representative Andy Harris, “bruising his wrist as they tried to force the door open,” I thought, “Now this is getting interesting.”
I then began to ponder what the two, seemingly desperate cannabis crusaders had in store for Harris once they penetrated the door. I imagined at least one of them was packing a heavy-duty rubber hose, perhaps something they ripped off an old Chevy on the way into town, ready to give the gentleman from Maryland, the primary goon responsible for sandbagging retail pot sales in the District of Columbia over the past few years, the Congressional flogging of a lifetime.
Perhaps the marijuana movement was starting to understand that honest change is not easily forged through protests, funny hats and giant, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade-sized joints. They were going to have to take a more critical approach before any of the suits on the Hill were ever going to listen.
But federal lawmakers like Representative Harris do not see it that way. The man who was allegedly “assaulted” in this week’s highly publicized “dust-up for the doobie,” argues that the “aggression by protesters who disagree with my position on the legalization of recreational marijuana demonstrates the problem with political discourse today.”
“It has no place in America,” he added.
But the real quandary is not the cannabis community’s latest approach to political discourse, it’s that there isn’t any.
Unfortunately, when it comes to marijuana legalization debate on Capitol Hill, there is no legitimate conversation being had. Aside from a small group of enthusiastic lawmakers — the usual suspects — like Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Dana Rohrabacher, there is just not enough interest in the issue of federal cannabis reform for Congress to roll up their sleeves and start drafting legislation.
Sun Tzu wrote in his infamous book ‘The Art of War’ that “the supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” But perhaps a more appropriate passage might be one from Tolstoy, to which he says, “the two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” It could be argued that the two sides of the cannabis debate have run out of both.