Friday, December 07, 2012

The Economics Of Moral Decay

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As marriage between one man and one woman is redefined after 5000 years of historical precedent and marijuana becomes legal, homosexuals are blushing and dopers are lighting up.

It could be said, "A good time was had by all."

Besides the moral tragedy we are witnessing, we are beginning to see the financial component, as well.

The Seattle Times reported yesterday afternoon: "From bakeries to hotels, salons to photographers, florists to limousine drivers, many business owners expect a lift in sales from both in-state and out-of-state same-sex couples holding weddings and celebrations here."

"Washington state began recognizing same-sex marriages Thursday, opening a new era for thousands of same-sex couples who can now plan their nuptials — and possibly spend big bucks."

"'This is the right thing to do, but beyond that, this becomes an exciting boost to the economy,' said Jon Bridge, co-CEO of Ben Bridge Jeweler and a board member at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, which supported the passage of Referendum 74 legalizing same-sex marriage."

David Brody, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, wrote an op-ed recently making the case that the new found marijuana money "provides state and local governments with an opportunity to significantly improve the criminal-justice system for the next generation."

Legalizing pot is helping the next generation.

Professor Brody says, "A windfall of half billion dollars in tax revenue is projected by 2015."

If marijuana sales can be increased, it can ultimately underwrite a good portion of the state's budget shortfall.

Perhaps heroin and even meth and other drugs could also be legalized. More revenue. More significant opportunity for the next generation.

Have we lost our mind?

We have certainly lost our way.

We have, by redefining marriage, enshrined into law and elevated a sexual behavior that is condemned by every major religion in the world and by every successful society in world history.

We have legalized drug use and are congratulating ourselves that this act will help the next generation.

Clearly there is a link between fiscal and social issues.

We are on a dangerous and destructive path. It is written that, "There is a way that seems right, but the end is death."

God help us.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.


  1. Yes, minds have been lost. Some can't remember that marijuana usage was legal for most of American history. Some can't see that we have far more potent and highly addictive drugs available for for purchase over the counter in virtually every store right now. Some confuse giving people choices that they had in this country longer than they haven't as somehow the end of the world, rather than just a return to the level of freedoms we all used to have as Americans.

    But that is the Big Lie, isn't it? There are those that want a nanny state and it sure isn't the liberals on many issues.

    Yes, 3% of the population will be registering as spouses with the state that you don't approve of. And people will have the option of one more choice in mood alteration chemical without a doctor's prescription, as opposed to the dozens you can get with a doctor's ok.

    So what's the bigger mental health risk - a slight change in the status quo or obsessing about a slight change?

    That mental aberration probably has a pill that will treat it... would that drug be ok?

  2. I vote we treat that aberration with a pill. A crack rock, because you know, cocaine was legal at one time. No? O.K., maybe with an opium pill since it was legal at one time. No? O.K., let's try a ball of black tar heroin, it was legal too.

    No? Maybe because the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and expecting a different result. Yes, let's return to those freedoms that Americans had. Let's make it easier for people to destroy themselves, but who cares?

    We can tax it and make money. It's the American Way.

    Craig in Lacey

  3. You realize that opiates are legal right now as treatments, right? Again, the point is that if this is 'decay' then we were decayed long long ago. That you think returning to times closer to this country's founding freedoms is making it 'easier for people to destroy themselves' pretty clearly demonstrates you just don't like America that much at all.

    But why would you, the freedoms this country was founded on are far removed from the 'Christian values' you advocate. Allowing all people to choose for themselves to the greatest extent possible is an American founding principle. People are better off married no matter the sex of their spouse, and pot is less risky than tobacco and high fructose corn syrup.

    The majority of the state recognizes both these things and that's because they haven't lost their minds or their ability to think.

  4. Actually you made the case that cocaine, opiates, and pot should return to the legal unregulated state they were, so we could, you know, enjoy our freedoms as we used too.

    Again, the definition of insanity applies. Dope is illegal for a reason. Yes, people abuse legal prescription drugs and sell them too, so what? Let's legalize them, then people can choose for themselves to the greatest extent possible whether to destroy their lives or not. According to you, that's the American way.

    Our nation was founded on the rule of law, the general principles of Christianity. How does legalizing pot promote Christ's law? Paul wrote about the use of drugs(pharmakeia) for personal gratification in Gal. 5:20. John also in Rev. It's akin to witchcraft. Yes, there are medicinal uses for pot for which we passed laws allowing it's use, as we have for other drugs.

    This is not the same, it's people trying to erase the stigma and gain affirmation for their behavior. It's the same for you.

    Satan's lie always works when we disregard God's warning and say "you're not the boss of me"

    Craig in Lacey

  5. Saying I said things I didn't doesn't help your case or your soul. And you miss the point - the blog entry is about some 'moral decay' as if this time in history was some how worse than the past. I demonstrated it wasn't, that the title is misleading and so you go off on a red herring fest talking about side issues.

    But you misrepresent Galatians 5:20-21 so why should I expect any difference? Jesus drank wine and pot has less of an effect than it does. Avoding drunkeness doesn't mean you have to forgo mood altering substances to Christians (though Mormons do think that). And pot is no more 'witchcraft 'than tobacco (nicotine is almost the perfect mood altering drug - ask me why) or alcohol.

    And that is the underlying issue - do Christians follow Christ's Law or do they fan the flames of hysteria? Do they try and comfort people or scare them with imagined boogymen?

    Christian principles wouldn't lead to the actions we have seen from your side, Your desire to 'be the boss' is leading you so far astray.

  6. This point in time is worse than the past, because we haven't learned the lessons of the past. Again, insanity.

    My point was just because something was legal at one time doesn't mean it needs to be legal again. I know first hand about the drug subculture and the destructiveness of it. I used to smoke plenty of pot and believe me, a glass of wine is no match for a joint of high grade pot.

    The state shouldn't be in the business of promoting drugs to increase their tax base.

    We are told to honor God with our bodies, how does that violate Christ's law?

    Craig in Lacey

  7. Where were you when the state was selling alcohol, a far more dangerous drug? Again, now that moderate usage is legal, that allows for education about the kind of abuse you indulged in. Amsterdam isn't over run with pot wasted people, though I haven't indulged in years we have a home in the neighborhood that's 'herb friendly' and these are the neighbors that go around helping the elderly with their yards, bring around food platters for holidays, and generally just very nice people. I'm not saying that's because of pot use, but pot use sure hasn't hurt their neighborly impulses.

    Learning from history is that Christians have been using all sorts of drugs since their inception and picked up some along the way (nicotine being the very worst of the worst). Dealing with an issue is so much better than trying to avoid it.

    Oh and have you heard about the cocaine vaccine? Working perfectly - people can have 10 times the dosage normally seen and still get no effect from the drug. (This is possible with cocaine since it doesn't mimic anything your body naturally does so blocking its action doesn't interfere with any body process)

    Think of it - no one need be addicted to cocaine in any form ever again. The South American criminal drug cartel's 2 main profit sources denied by doing positive things, not trying to adjudicate the problem away by punishing people.

    There's a Christian lesson here I think.

  8. That's great news about the vaccine, but it's available now, even while the drug is illegal for recreational use. It doesn't need to be legalized to treat it. That's my point. Education and treatment don't require legalization.

    Craig in Lacey


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