CNN poll confirms: Most Americans believe their government is a threat to their welfare

A majority of Americans think the federal government poses a threat to rights of Americans, according to a new national poll.

Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government’s become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

The survey indicates a partisan divide on the question: only 37 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Independents and nearly 7 in 10 Republicans say the federal government poses a threat to the rights of Americans.

According to CNN poll numbers released Sunday, Americans overwhelmingly think that the U.S. government is broken – though the public overwhelmingly holds out hope that what’s broken can be fixed.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted February 12-15, with 1,023 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the overall survey.


Legalization Key to Ending Drug Violence

You don’t have to be a Harvard economics professor like Jeffrey Miron to know that America’s war on drugs has been a lost cause for decades.  Now a bloody war between the Mexican government and vicious drug cartels is raging just across our southern border, killing thousands and threatening to spread into the U.S.A.

The Obama administration’s response, typically and predictably, is to send more police and troops to try to protect and control the border.  But as Miron recently pointed out in a piece for, the cause of the violence in Mexico is our country’s own misbegotten policy of drug prohibition, which drives the market for drugs underground and creates the same kind of violence, corruption and disrespect for the law among the populace that we saw during our failed war against alcohol.

Miron, who believes that legalizing all drugs is the best way to reduce drug violence on our borders and in our cities, was in Boston when I talked to him Monday morning.

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Economist Cover Story: Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution

A HUNDRED years ago a group of foreign diplomats gathered in Shanghai for the first-ever international effort to ban trade in a narcotic drug. On February 26th 1909 they agreed to set up the International Opium Commission—just a few decades after Britain had fought a war with China to assert its right to peddle the stuff. Many other bans of mood-altering drugs have followed. In 1998 the UN General Assembly committed member countries to achieving a “drug-free world” and to “eliminating or significantly reducing” the production of opium, cocaine and cannabis by 2008.

That is the kind of promise politicians love to make. It assuages the sense of moral panic that has been the handmaiden of prohibition for a century. It is intended to reassure the parents of teenagers across the world. Yet it is a hugely irresponsible promise, because it cannot be fulfilled.

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Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper on Fox News

Marijuana Vs. Anti-Depressants for PTSD Marijuana Wins Hands Down

Dr. Phillip Leveque spent his life as a Combat Infantryman, Pharmacologist, Forensic Toxicologist and Physician.

(MOLALLA, Ore.) – I was asked by a healthcare professional at the Portland VA Hospital if I would help PTSD Veteran Victims to get permits to use legalized medical marijuana. I already had some Veteran patients from WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

The doctors and other healthcare professionals had heard from a sprinkling of Nam Vets that marijuana provided good relief PTSD and probably other battle related problems including pain from gunshots, mine blasts and almost anything else.

I told her yes and within two weeks I had more than 50 Nam Vets requesting my help. As part of their medical history I asked what previous medicines they had been given or prescribed. I was astonished to review the lists. There were two main types: strong pain killers like Oxycontin and Morphine and every related pain killer.

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Libertarian Judge Jim Gray’s retirement party draws a bipartisan crowd

Judge Jim Gray’s retirement party was held last night at the home of Tony and Freydel Bushala, in Fullerton.  The event drew a large, bipartisan crowd.  Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby, a Republican, made a few opening comments, and got the crowd riled up.  Other Republicans in attendance included longtime Gray friend Dr. Reza Karkia, who is a member of the Orange County Lincoln Club; David Zenger, who is a member of the Orange County Planning Commission, and Dante Salazar, who heads up a chapter of the CRA in Garden Grove.

There were a few Democrats there too, including past Assembly and Garden Grove City Council candidate Paul Lucas and past SAUSD School Board candidate Irene Ibarra.

And, as one might expect, there were a lot of Libertarians there too, including state officers Kevin Takenaga, Beau Cain and Zander Collier.  Ocean View School District Board President Norm Westwell was there too, along with O. C. Register editorial writer Steven GreenhutRick Corbett, who is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, drove down from L.A., and a host of Libertarians joined us from the San Bernardino Party.

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County Sheriff Bill Masters Celebrates Three Decades with the Department

Once A Drug Buster, Now A Prominent Critic Of The ‘War On Drugs’

Source (Telluride Daily Planet)

Sheriff Masters honored for 30 years of service (Norwood Post)

San Miguel Sheriff’s Office

DRCNet Interview: Colorado Sheriff Bill Masters

Bill Masters at LEAP

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