The workman’s work
Malcolm Gladwell’s last book, “David and Goliath,” provided me with one of those forehead-slapping, Eureka-effect moments recently. On pages 207-8, the author discusses the “principle of legitimacy,” which means that when people in authority want the rest of us to behave, it matters — first and foremost — how they behave.
“Legitimacy is based upon three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice — that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the rules have to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another.”
All of the preceding provides a pretty strong indictment to the present administration. I’ve always felt that President Obama is a complete fraud, elected by the clever “narrative” crafted by Plouffe and Axelrod. It need not matter whether the “narrative” is true or not, only that it is judged by the majority to be believable.
This “principle of legitimacy” distilled for me in simple words how this scandal-ridden administration has been bogus from the get-go. Toss in rigged legislation like Obamacare, stir briskly and then behold the unmasking of a failed presidency. What a malodorous mess!
And before Obama or any of his automatons start crowing about the wonderful post-recession recovery that Obama has rescued from the abyss, know this: It has been all the Fed, all the time, under the retiring Ben Bernanke and his money-printing machine known as “quantitative easing.” Those of us who invest for a living and have skin in the game know that only the Fed has mattered. Nothing else or no one else has moved the needle.
I need not have to prove that Obama is a fraud; instead, I leave you with this timeless quote from La Fontaine, a French fabulist and poet of the 17th century: “By the work one knows the workman.”
Open society’s ugly side
I don’t know if John Dooley of Hudson has actually been to the Netherlands, where he quotes statistics to bolster his views in “Pot’s no-brainer” (Your Views, Jan. 28), but I can tell you from my own experience in my travels to the Netherlands, Amsterdam and Rotterdam that a major drug problem actually exists there. Heroin use is rampant, even with their progressive culture and their free needles giveaway program for the junkies, who shoot up in public parks without any shame.
Yes, their cute little hash houses are the picture that they want you to see on canvas to attract visitors, not the disturbing pictures not being portrayed that depict the ugly side of their open society. Turning your head the other way to not see the evidence is not a way to avoid the truth about drug abuse. Anyone can find facts to bolster their claims, that distort an argument in their favor.
Not an evil herb
Now that Florida’s Supreme Court has approved the wording for the medicinal marijuana referendum to appear on the November ballot, we will hear more about its demonizing effects from many so-called experts. Finally, it will be up to us — we the people — voters. They won’t tell you about all the good things it can do for those who truly need it: the cancer patient who needs it for nausea after grueling chemotherapy sessions; the patient who suffers from phantom pain from a lost limb; the patient who suffers from life-threatening seizures from many different types of diseases; the glaucoma patient and many more medical issues that have been proven to be beneficial from marijuana.
One day it will be proven that a puff of marijuana will ease the pain of a patient who has lung cancer from smoking cigarettes — how poetic is that? It is now time for we the people to put marijuana to good use for our sick people; they deserve to be pain-free. Who in their right mind can argue with that?
Gregory W. Davis
Medical pot questions
I thought Joe Henderson’s column in Tuesday’s Tribune (“Medical pot foes have hazy arguments,” Metro) added to a thoughtful discussion of the merits of medical marijuana. I have some questions to be answered before I vote on the ballot initiative: Is smoking marijuana the best delivery system for dispensing the pain-killing substance it contains? How does a doctor prescribe dosages when it is smoked? How does a doctor obtain the marijuana? How can a doctor be sure of the purity and quality of the product he or she is dispensing, or do they just write a prescription and people buy it off the street? Does this mean that we are going to have pot shops open up all over Florida? Is marijuana going to have the same taxes applied as cigarettes? Will the marijuana be subjected to the same agricultural inspections as other crops coming into Florida? Will any harmful effects be part of a warning label as we do for other prescriptions we purchase?
We need to have reasonable questions answered beforehand, and part of the initiative should be that the Florida Legislature makes sure that marijuana is going to be treated like any other prescription drug and will be subjected to the same rigorous standards. If these questions aren’t answered and standards are not demanded, then for our own safety we should vote this down.