Saturday, July 18, 2009

Working together.

Jeff Sessions is a senator from Alabama. His full name is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. You know, Jefferson like Jefferson Davis, Beauregard like General Beauregard?

He's a Southern white guy and he thinks that's pretty cool, even if the rest of us don't. 23 years ago, he was appointed to be a federal judge by Ronald Reagan, but he didn't get the job. He had made a few jokes, like he thought the Ku Klux Klan was not so bad until he learned some of them smoked marijuana.

I'm sure that was hilarious in context. I guess you had to be there.

So now he gets to question Sonia Sottomayor about her "wise Latina" comments, and he gets to be the bad white guy beating up on the nice Puerto Rican lady who rose from humble beginnings.

Bad, bad Senator Sessions!

And then he made some comment about crack cocaine, so we got to make fun of him.

Ha, ha, stupid Senator Sessions!

When he was talking about that "crack cocaine thing", what he was talking about was reducing the penalties for selling crack. Like many drugs when they are unknown to the general public, crack was put forward as the worst thing in the world, and penalties for crack were made far more severe than penalties for the same amount of regular cocaine. The consequence of this is overcrowding of prisons, something people on both sides of the aisle are starting to see as a real cost of governing problem and both Republicans and Democrats are trying to do something about it.

Also, crack cocaine is demographically a "black drug", while regular cocaine is more of a "white drug", so this adds to the over-representation of African Americans in our prison population.

Jeff Sessions is doing something that will decrease the burden on the African American community. Let's give him some credit for that.

While Sessions may have thought two decades ago that pot was the bad thing the Klan did while the rest of it was okay, other politicians, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor who wants to pay people like me with IOUs, are actually discussing the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana, again to look at the possibility of reducing the costs of governing and in this case, possibly increasing the tax base.

Democrats and Republicans have serious differences on many issues. On most of those issues, I agree with the Democrats, except where I think the Democrats are too soft. As my friend Padre Mickey has joked, I'm registered as a Democrat because in California, Sandinistas can't vote in the primaries.

In the Padre's defense, it was a hilarious joke in context. Maybe you had to be there.

But that said, we still have to live and work together, and if we can start to make the drug laws in this country make more sense, with Republicans and Democrats working together, that will be a major step in the right direction.


Distributorcap said...

jeff sessions made a complete fool of himself all week

then again most republicans (like pat buchanan) think jefferson beauregard is ok as a racist

Margaret Benbow said...

"Jefferson Beauregard"...good grief. In some ways, deep down,the South never seems to change. Some relatives who moved to the south told me that, to learn more about the area, they went on a tour of old Confederate graveyards. At every one, the tour guide would say with fresh outrage, "And here you see the tragic results of the War of Northern Aggression." This was in 2008!

Matty Boy said...

Jefferson Beauregard the Third! He was born in 1946, so you have to guess his grandaddy J.B. the First was born sometime around the turn of the century, or in other words, about 40 years after the war is over.

Got to keep the outrage daisy fresh.

A few years back, I was at a restaurant and was eavesdropping on some Southern ladies who were talking about a place local to them back in the South, a farm that had been burned to the ground by Yankee soldiers and to this day, nothing grew there.

Being a jerk, I put in my two cents. "You know, there was a huge fire up at Point Reyes about five years back, and acres of beautiful forest were destroyed, It was very sad, but now, just five years later, trees are growing back naturally. Maybe that farm has never grown back because you Southerners are exactly what we Northerners think you are: stupid, lazy, incompetent scum."

They kept talking, but in much quieter tones.

Karlacita! said...

Mr. Tact!

Karen Zipdrive said...

Tell you what--legalize weed and open up some state owned "coffee houses" a la Amsterdam and you can wave bye bye to the deficit.