It has become clear that our nation has a severely crippled political system where the will of the majority and the best interests of the nation are being ignored so a very few obscenely wealthy individuals and many international corporations can reap absurd profits. Our American democracy and way of life are under serious attack by elite, powerful forces exploiting grave weaknesses in our system of government.
In my opinion, we need to start serious discussions about how to amend our Constitution in an effort to both correct institutional weaknesses and reduce to power of excessive wealth to undermine our nation.
I met Esther Coopersmith about a decade ago thanks to Jeff Koopersmith (no relation). She's a savvy retired diplomat, and one of the best hostesses in DC. She has invited Beltway-bound diplomats to join her family to enjoy America's Thanksgiving tradition for over two decades. Politics Daily has the story of the kind of statesmanship that takes place in Washington but rarely gets covered by WaPo or NBC News.
Attorney General Eric Holder has his priorities wrong what he says that he is going to "vigorously enforce" federal marijuana laws, calling it a "core priority". Statement like that makes me wonder, "What's this guy smoking?" Maybe the justice department should make catching the criminals that ripped off the banking system a core priority? Or make prosecuting the criminals in the Bush administration who got us into a war in Iraq through falsifying evidence a core priority? Maybe the should make going after Meth labs, drugs that really are dangerous, a core priority?
If Eric Holder thinks that going after pot smokers in California is a core priority then he has the wrong core priorities. I say that if the attorney general doesn't have a clue about priorities then he should be looking for a new job. I encourage California to Vote YES on Proposition 19 and tell the Feds they have better things to do.