Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Monday, October 27, 2008

Why is the youth vote so hard to crack?

The Dominion Post asked in an oped...

"About 95,000 Kiwis aged 18-24 are still not enrolled to vote. Why don't young people vote and why don't they care?" - KERRY WILLIAMSON - The Dominion Post Saturday, 04 October 2008

With young folk polling around 80% in the consumption of cannabis stakes - no wonder they are disillusioned with politics today. Not for the reason that the ageist prejudiced might first think either... for *every one of 'that demographic' who are under duress of criminal sanction even if arbitrary, a law that parliament has twice 'set aside resolving in coalition agreements with parties that between them are polling less than half a percent between them.' - And we ask why are young alienated... fur'chris'ake?

(*including those who don't smoke pot, after all, it is politicians who would declare that it is the 'law' that prevents them from so doing, otherwise cannabis would be tantamount to compulsory. Yet the herb couldn't be more popular if it were made so, or more culturally imbued in art, music, theatre, television and movies... )

What is needed to capture youth votes is a real NZ Green Billboard promoting homegrown solutions. (and a media that would tell the truth, when have you seen journalists ask our wannabe leadership tackle this one)

- don't laugh, 1999 saw Jenny Shipley die in the polls after failing to tell the truth when questioned alongside Jeanette Fitzsimmons by Paul Holmes - Check the Waikato University analysis. Nationals wheels fell off - Nov 16, 'not over my dead body' Shipley denied due process and the recommendations of the National lead "Brian Nesson" Health Select Committee - 'to review the law' - for political expediency. She could have United States President Bill Clinton and New Z...Jenny and Bill,
and the drugs we drink!
looked to her own kids for some advice... they had more experience 'in this matter' than she may have cared to acknowledge parentally or politically.

Youth have had ten more years of double standards (and repeated coalition agreements) to be aggrieved but not one politician has been asking why...... tens of thousands of arrests every year... unpublished 'tough on non-crime hypocrisy!'

How come its not OK to 'correct your own kids' but the state can abuse them arbitrarily with incarceration and cuff-links for a non-crime?

This is one law that is racist, ageist and sexist in its application... and young people are rightly 'turned off' by this white privilege shite.

It is time for some social ecology driven 'protect our youth' drug law reform, it is the stuff of social capital.

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