I began to read this opinion piece online from the "Star Phoenix", and before the first paragraph was done, I was already getting that "right wing nutjob" vibe from the author, Les MacPherson.
I didn't know this until I checked the internet, but yes, the Saskatoon Star Phoenix is owned by the same group as the right wing National Post. So there is a good chance this is purposeful conservative propaganda.
Breaking down the article to its basic arguments and assumptions:
- Justin Trudeau (Liberal Leader) is promising to legalize pot in order to capture the all important stoner vote.
- Stoners will hate legalization, (if it happens) as government meddling will make pot more expensive and less appealing.
- Dealers will hate legalization, as they will be put out of business by excessive government regulation and taxing.
- Trudeau will not legalize marijuana anyway, he is only lying. Hypocritical liberal governments do more marijuana busts than conservative governments.
- Conclusion: Trudeau should wait until the US legalizes marijuana before doing anything.
- Recommendation (implied): Don't vote for Trudeau, as he is a hypocrite and a Socialist, (if that is not too redundant)
Seems like an inoffensive article, but there are some underlying right-wing assumptions that I do not accept.
- The negative stereotyping and use of the pejorative name stoner. Why are conservatives always stereotyping people???? OOOPS now I'm stereotyping. Anyway, it's true.
- The assumption that all the people who want marijuana legalized are stoners, and only stoners want marijuana legalized. That is not true, as many "non-stoners" believe that decriminalizing marijuana will boost our economy. (a non-stoner is the opposite of what a stoner is supposed to be in this article, I have no other definition for it).
- The assumption that if the government gets involved in the marijuana business, things will fall apart. This is dumb, even from a conservative free market point of view. OK, we need a short lesson in right wing free enterprise. ILLEGAL activities are not free enterprise. LEGAL activities are not automatically "government run". By Les MacPherson's logic, black market gasoline would be cheaper and more potent than legal pump gas. I don't think so.
- Les's conclusion is typical of your basic Canadian Conservative: Wait until the US does it, on the assumption that, except for Obama, the US is always right.