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  •  Voter Suppression & Marijuana (6+ / 0-)

    A good portion of the lower voter turnout may have been due to suppression.

    But I also believe that the overhanded federal response to marijuana played a part as well.

    Senator Obama promised a fresh look at how the federal government would handle those states that are experimenting with legalizing marijuana in some ways.

    It appears that this was not the truth.

    President Obama paid a price for lack of candor on the matter - lower turnout amongst youth.

    If he wants to bring out the youth vote, he'll change his mind and squelch the prosecutions of those people who are following the laws of their states.

    This insanity must stop.

    •  Isn't voting a civic duty? (3+ / 0-)

      How can any non-voter legitmately complain if politicians are more interested in mega-corporations than in non-voters?
      I started voting when I turned 21 (the voting age back in 1962) and I have not let up. I grew up hearing my Republican parents say they voted in every election.
      Boycotting elections is a very ineffective tactic.
      Voting is doing one's part in maintaining a democracy.

      Censorship is rogue government.

      by scott5js on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:21:01 AM PDT

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      •  One or Few Issue Voters (1+ / 0-)
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        PhilK

        I have always exercised my right to vote.

        But if I was promised that my #1 issue would be addressed and then it wasn't, I too might be reluctant to cast my vote for that same politician.

        If marijuana was your #1 issue in 2008, then staying home in 2012 makes sense.

        And lastly on the matter, when President Obama and his administration set up their website that would effectively be petition driven, the first issue to be recognized was marijuana.

        Thus far, President Obama has not only dropped the ball, he has fumbled the matter with too many federal arrests.

        •  Bull s**t! Pot is just an excuse for laziness. (2+ / 0-)
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          If one really cared about pot, then there was no way s/he could not vote for Obama twice. Not voting only makes the bar lower for someone more hostile to pot to win the election. In other words, it is just an excuse that asks to be taken at surface value.

          If drugs are one's #1 issue then what a privilege life that must be. It certainly isn't representative of people who have to worry about jobs, debt, or other such mundane things.

          The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

          by sebastianguy99 on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:24:27 PM PDT

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