In recent years I continue to love fireworks – of all kinds – but with regard to the meaning of Independence Day, I have become more neutral and often sad on the 4th.
I do appreciate the “relative” types of freedom we have in the US. We certainly do live in a decent country, but it is changing very quickly. I never thought I could be comfortable perhaps living somewhere else, but now at times I do think about long term travel. CBD work and my kids and grandkids do limit this to a certain extent.
My biggest issues with the escalating lost of freedom are:
1. Persecution for “no harm no foul crimes”. This would of course include insane cannabis laws that are huge lies from our government. Remember prior blogs?? The feds have many cannabinoid patents and have already sold 55 grow licenses to pharmaceutical companies. All this and much more is going on upstairs while non-violent “pot crimes” land people in jail.
2. All other non-violent and non-personal crimes. Another way to look at this is that if someone is involved in ANY activity that just might harm themselves, it should never be a “crime”. It is a risky behavior. As I have said before, any activity that requires a helmet is more dangerous than most drugs. It is interesting that with many of these activities it is the law to WEAR a helmet to help protect people from themselves. So, I am mixed about helmet laws. However, why not apply the same thinking to cannabis, other drugs, prostitution, etc? I.e., help make these behaviors more safe. Allow drugs and prostitution which sounds so HARSH, but why not help folks who are involved in these activities – all of us – instead of causing us REAL problems with guns, cops, raids, undercover stings, etc etc etc etc
3. The loss of “one man – one vote”. Our votes are grossly manipulated and we now know that corporations are people who can greatly influence elections. Don’t we all feel that big pharma or any multi-billion corporation has more power than ONE VOTE? We all know this to be the case. This adds to the malaise we all have regarding our ability to make any changes and we don’t even vote. Can you imagine if EVERY person in the country who feels cannabis should be legal actually went to the ballots? We would have our own candidate.
4. Wars and bombs. We are told this is bringing “democracy” to these people. Has anyone seen this happen? Ever?? Once??
So, everyone enjoy the holiday, but don’t think for one second we are not losing more of our freedom with every explosion of bright lights.