Crony Capitalism: Hemp is cannabis is marijuana… Why?

CRONY CAPITALISM: Hemp is cannabis is marijuana… Why?     As some of you know I am running for representative in Washington’s Congressional District 1. I was asked by a constituent to explain my position on cannabis. I did so and posted it online. I stated that I believed hemp aka cannabis had been inappropriately criminalized by our nation’s system of crony capitalism in order to benefit the cotton/fiber industry and DuPont’s then new petroleum-plastics industry. Someone commented “this person thinks hemp is cannabis.” I smiled inside because how that came to be true for legal purposes is something all libertarians should contemplate when we think about what a “free market” which will sustain liberty will look like. The person who made the comment apparently didn’t know that industrial hemp and cannabis come from the same plant, see Wikipedia or that the Controlled Substances Act defines the term “marihuana” to mean: all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of such plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such plant, its seeds or resin. Such term does not include the mature stalks of such plant, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of such plant, any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of such mature stalks (except the resin extracted therefrom), fiber, oil, or cake, or the sterilized seed of such plant which is incapable of germination. I don’t think the person, who I think … Continue Reading

End Two Party Tyranny

  End Two Party Tyranny           I blogged about why I became a Libertarian in 2016. We, as people, have traveled the path of civilization to a point where freedom and economic wealth have become an intersection where most us must stop because we do not have the economic resources to exercise our most basic liberties. As a Libertarian I object to the government becoming an ally of the rich in enslaving people to debt which makes it impossible to exercise their freedoms. When our country was founded capitalism provided an adequate mechanism for most people to accumulate sufficient economic resources to enable them to exercise their personal liberties. Today, the crony capitalism promoted by the republican and democratic parties has created such disparity of wealth that only a few have access to those fundamental freedoms our forefathers took for granted. I cannot continue to support the two party tyranny which has created the greatest system of injustice the world has ever seen. No longer do we engage in debate over entitlement programs; we simply evict our vulnerable and let them die unknown on our streets. Of course, there are several third parties out there I could have joined. I picked the Libertarian Party because I believe it is the best organized to upset the mono-parties (i.e. republican and democratic) in Washington’s early primary. I also chose this party because of its emphasis of “liberty” because I still believe it is key to the purpose of government. I believe … Continue Reading

U.S. Mainstream Media is like China’s Free Press

U.S. MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS LIKE CHINA’S FREE PRESS At the Federal Candidates Forum in Everett Justin Murta, the Libertarian Candidate for Insurance Commissioner, commented on his bizarre interview with the Seattle Times. I smiled inside because I knew the process was rigged. That’s why I decided not to participate in that interview process and told the Times so publicly in this blog. The Mainstream media’s endorsements of my opposition are now out. Their endorsements are pretty much comical. What the Stranger writes about DelBene sounds more like indictment of a “do nothing- I won’t talk about anything” incumbent who does what the Democratic party tells her to do, rather than a  candidate who wants to represent the people of Washington’s Congressional District 1. Here is what the Stranger’s editorial board writes about DelBene: We nearly endorsed Alex Storms, a proud Bernie Bro with predator-looking facial hair because snoozy incumbent Suzan DelBene was SO FUCKING WISHY-WASHY. She’s the human equivalent of the goddamned shrug emoji. Should we abolish the superdelegates, Suzan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Should our state tax carbon, Suzan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Should Congress vote to recognize the Duwamish Tribe, Suzan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Should all drugs be decriminalized, Suzan? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We hated Storms, but at least he was willing to say where he stood. Abolish superdelegates: Yes. Carbon tax: Yes. Duwamish recognition: Yes. Drug decriminalization: No. The only thing DelBene seemed remotely enthused about was an obscure sales tax measure that would reclaim money from remote transactions for the state. Zzzzzzz. DelBene’s crushing dullness almost led us to endorse … Continue Reading

OUR MOVEMENT MUST GROW

OUR MOVEMENT MUST GROW It was an agreement with the devil right from the start. Bernie probably knew that. But in hindsight it was a good way for us to get the movement born. Most of us already knew the truths Bernie spoke out loud. The significant thing was that someone running for president was speaking about the need for social justice and promising that, if elected, he would work to achieve it.   Bernie’s speeches focused our awakening. His identification of our passion for social justice birthed into the world the movement to which so many of us are now committed. Let’s face it. Bernie’s attempt to obtain the Democratic nomination required him to make an agreement with an already corrupt political party in order to promote his goals to bring about a better world today. Bernie Sanders was not a democrat before he sought the nomination. He was one of a handful of remarkable leaders who have been elected to Congress on their own merits and not as a member of either the republican or democratic parties. See About Third Party candidates. The same integrity that caused Bernie to run is the same integrity which caused him to have to support Clinton after running as a democrat. This does not mean the passion for change that Bernie tapped into should stop or slow down. Indeed, Bernie’s forced submission to Hillary is proof that we need to soldier on against the two party tyranny which has destroyed the promise that once was … Continue Reading

Thanks, but no thanks.

Thanks, but no thanks. Mainstream Media Endorsements are a Game I don’t want to play. My campaign received an email from the Seattle Times. It states: Hello, The Seattle Times editorial board has set aside Wednesday, June 29th, from 1:00 – 1:45 PM, to interview candidates for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 1.  The interview will be held at The Seattle Times offices, 1000 Denny Way, Seattle, WA  98109. Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible! We’ll have all candidates for this position in simultaneously to meet with members of the board, and the format will be Q&A.  I’ll send a reminder of the meeting the week prior, and include logistical information on visitor parking. I appreciate your flexibility — please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’ve got any questions or concerns. -Monica Monica G. Hinckley Administrative Assistant | Opinion I read the email twice and talked with several people about it. I have a busy schedule representing homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes. My office is in Arlington, Washington. It would likely take an hour or more each way to get to and back from the interview, which was only scheduled to last for 45 minutes… less than 15 minutes per candidate. “Hmmmm” I thought. “Doesn’t sound like they want to get to know much about any of the candidates.” I should also disclose my experience with the Seattle Times has not been good throughout the years. When I represented fishermen in the 1970s after the expansion of our nation’s exclusive economic … Continue Reading

WEED AND SEED

WEED AND SEED Two friends and I share a community garden. Gary Lennon does the lion’s share of the work. Gary wrote this. I am publishing it because it also is a great observation about life and politics. Gary writes: I’m into flowers and I’m not going to apologize.   In terms of propagation, there are always lots of volunteer re-starts. The editorial choice comes in the weeding out – I love little purple johnny jump-up in the strawberry bed, and when I’m weeding, I leave them in the ground. Ditto on the forget-me-nots – who wants their garden forgotten? If nasturtiums come back, I’ll transplant them to just where I want them. Every year, they come back. Purple potatoes shot through with orange nasturtiums define the look of our little hillside Eden. I left tall stands of Russian blue kale standing to go to seed. These kales have contributed to many a meal. Next year the upper bed will be full of seedings in the spring, and I will transplant and thin them, as I did with these giants three years ago. Notice the leek blooms – I saved a quarter row to flower (the blossoms are wonderful) so I could collect their seeds. Little dinosaur kale is from last fall – it wintered over and now will grow huge for fall. This is me (Scott) again. Here is a link to video series I have done on “Gardening and Government” which shares my thoughts about how government could be … Continue Reading