My view is that as a society we should have societal standards. People who are members of society don't have the right to do whatever they want simply because what they do in private doesn't directly harm others (like drugs). I think society, via the government, has a right to create societal standards within the realm of the Constitution.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
Thank you, Quazi!
Prostitution does not harm anyone either, unless you are talking about the women being abused by pimps, and their unfair wages, and all the STD's they can get, of course that would stop if you made it legal as well.
See the patter emerging?
If there's a god, damn it she won't mind.
If there's a god, baby she won't mind.
That is the $64,000 question isn't it? It is fundamental to how we want to govern/be governed.
Personally I think going to either extreme would be disasterous; I favor a middle-of-the-road approach. We should have some basic standards yes... for instance we've decided that a 15yo cannot consent to sex, even if she does consent, because her consent is too uninformed and so on. Public sex doesn't "hurt" anyone but I don't think it should be allowed; some fundamental standards of public decency make for a better society.
OTOH trying to legislate virtue into law is something that ought to be done very sparingly and very carefully, when it is done at all.... else we could fall into a dictatorship of the well-meaning.
EXACTLY where to draw that "go no further" line is always the question of course.
Keep to the middle of the road please.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
legalize weed tax it and pay off our deficit,well save billions in prison costs and drug wars costs,plus raise some cash on the side
but on the actual question theres physical and mental harm that can come of legalizing things.
some things people arent mentally ready to accept as a norm.like 30 years ago if we had legalized gay marriage saying it doesnt harm anyone,it would have harmed gays from backlash from the public.people werent ready to accept something in their minds even though it didnt physically harm them in any way.today people still arent ready for it but society is slowly accepting it.
another example of the marijuana,studies show it doesnt hurt anyone.but g around the country at least a third of people still think smoking weed will cause you to go crazy and murder and steal.truthfully i believe legalizing weed would lower crime,name one stoned person who gets up and goes around stealing.they have to plan then get up,by then they get hungry go to the fridge forget what they were doing hen sit back down and play their xbox.
“You can lead a horse to water, but it is probably crowded with all those people you taught to fish.”
My contention is that almost on almost every subjective "moral" issue, the government decides on the basis of revenue. Examples: Prostitution (Sexual act, revenue exchange between 2, possibly 3 parties) is illegal, while Pornography ( 2 or more actors, Camera and Film Crew, Distributed World Wide to Millions of Viewers, therefore involving far more people and profiting far greater than normal prostitution) is completely illegal and to my knowledge welcomed by most states.
Cigarettes and Alcohol are legal despite the proven health risks and subsequent deaths, yet those who make their own version of either product are routinely sued by the fed for "tax evasion."
Same goes for narcotics, if you nearly O.D. on legally on financially regulated OTC drugs they'll put you in the hospital or protective custody more times than not, suicide attempts are not legally punishable in this country, that is unless you attempt to do so with an substance they deem "illegal."
Last edited by a351; 03-21-12 at 03:52 PM.