Let ’em get High

I have really been digging Mondo Cozmo’s song, Shine.  I have projected my libertarian bias onto the song lyrics.  I searched to see if I could find any insight into what Josh Ostrander really means by the following:

Let ’em get high
Let ’em get stoned
Everything will be alright if you let it go

I had no luck.  I found one interview where he declined to say whether or not he was religious because of the way the song seemed to be resonating with people.  From there, I took it that he was cool with people assigning their own meaning to it.

Normally, I like to try and ascertain what a writer means by his words.  I thought in the lyrics I quoted that Ostrander is talking to someone.  Is he talking to himself?  Is he talking to God? I don’t know.

Since it didn’t look like I was going to find out who was being addressed, I decided that I might as well assign my own meaning to it.

I want it to mean that we, collectively, ought to mind our own business regarding marijuana use.  It is okay if people get stoned.  We don’t have to agree with it, but we have no more business making it illegal than we did prohibiting alcohol use.

I want it to mean, that it is okay to just let people get high because God has got this.  Jesus saves, not us.  We aren’t going to save people by sending the cops after them for smoking a joint, we are going to make their lives even worse.

We all have to go through our own trials and temptations.  It is so often that making mistakes is how we can truly understand why something is a mistake.  If we support pot being illegal, we are supporting magnifying the consequences of its usage.  Pot use already comes with consequences, which in the grand scheme of things, are actually pretty mild.

We do not do any favors for full grown adults by trying to use laws to keep them from exercising their free will, so long as they are not hurting others.  Adults should be treated as adults so they can make their own mistakes and learn from those mistakes.  So… let ’em get high.



Trump Speech

I didn’t catch Trump’s speech.  I saw a clip on O’Reilly. He played the part where Trump spoke to the widow of the Seal that died in the Yemen Raid.

This Navy Seal died in a raid of a compound in Yemen.  He left behind a widow and 3 children.  Of course, I’m sad for his widow and children. The children now have to grow up with out a father, the widow has to raise children on her own.

What makes it even sadder is that he is venerated as a hero.  This guy, because his superior officer told him to, raided a compound, reportedly to gain information.  Other reports, say the target of the raid was al-Rimi, but to the nation, Trump said intelligence.  This means the official story is it was a raid to gain information.  This, this should absolutely horrify every Christian and human rights proponent in the United States.  Not only did this Navy Seal die, but probably a dozen or so Yemenis.  They died not because our homeland was being invaded.  They died not because hostages were being rescued.  They died over information.

One of the dead was an 8 year old girl.  She was an American citizen, the daughter to Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen that was targeted and killed in Obama’s drone war.  No mention of the collateral damage.  No mention that another US citizen had been killed.  It was essentially a jingoistic affirmation of the War on Terror being waged to keep America safe.

O’Reilly and his guests went on about how Trump truly sounded presidential now.  The bolded part is what they liked so well:

“I just spoke to our great General Mattis, just now, who reconfirmed that ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies,’” Trump said. “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. Thank you.”

His legacy is following orders in a raid for intelligence that killed a little girl and other civilians, as well as men who were suspects.  That is not a legacy to be proud about.

Trump apparently has bought into the War on Terror, hook, line and sinker.  This was a sad speech, re-entrenching the idea of the righteousness of what is actually an immoral fight that goes against the nation’s very ideals of non-interventionism and innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

I’m outraged. I’m saddened.  I didn’t really expect anything else, but it still is horrendous.