View Full Version : General Scott Adams endorses Mitt Romney; cites Obama's record on marijuana

10-18-2012, 08:32 AM

Firing Offense

Let's say a CEO does a great job for stockholders; he increases profits five-fold, treats the employees well, and causes the stock price to skyrocket. He's a superstar. One day the public learns that the CEO killed a guy to get ahead in his career, but the CEO doesn't get convicted because his clever attorney gets him off on a technicality. Assume in this hypothetical situation that the public correctly believes the CEO killed a guy to advance his career. Should the board of directors allow the superstar CEO to keep his job? Or is killing a guy to advance your career always a firing offense?

Okay, keep your answer in mind.

The next question is for supporters of President Obama. Let's say your political views map closely to the President's positions. He's your guy. But suppose you found out he once killed an American citizen in the United States to help his reelection. And assume, as with the CEO example, that the facts of the killing are undisputed and the President found a legal means to avoid prosecution. In that hypothetical case, would you still vote for President Obama? Or would you say it is a firing offense for a President to kill a citizen to advance his career?

I predict that every one of you favored firing the hypothetical CEO for killing a guy to get ahead. My second prediction is that every Republican reader of this blog favored firing President Obama in the hypothetical and imaginary case of him murdering a citizen to get elected. My third prediction is that supporters of President Obama will quibble with the hypothetical example, or my comparison to the CEO, or say President Obama is still a better option than Romney. In other words, for most supporters of President Obama, I don't think there is such a thing as a "firing offense."

For the record, President Obama did not technically kill anyone to get elected. That was just a hypothetical example. But he is putting an American citizen in jail for 10 years to life for operating medical marijuana dispensaries in California where it is legal under state law. And I assume the President - who has a well-documented history of extensive marijuana use in his youth - is clamping down on California dispensaries for political reasons, i.e. to get reelected. What other reason could there be?

One could argue that the President is just doing his job and enforcing existing Federal laws. That's the opposite of what he said he would do before he was elected, but lying is obviously not a firing offense for politicians.

Personally, I'd prefer death to spending the final decades of my life in prison. So while President Obama didn't technically kill a citizen, he is certainly ruining this fellow's life, and his family's lives, and the lives of countless other minor drug offenders. And he is doing it to advance his career. If that's not a firing offense, what the hell is?

Romney is likely to continue the same drug policies as the Obama administration. But he's enough of a chameleon and a pragmatist that one can't be sure. And I'm fairly certain he'd want a second term. He might find it "economical" to use federal resources in other ways than attacking California voters. And he is vocal about promoting states' rights, so he's got political cover for ignoring dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal.

So while I don't agree with Romney's positions on most topics, I'm endorsing him for president starting today. I think we need to set a minimum standard for presidential behavior, and jailing American citizens for political gain simply has to be a firing offense no matter how awesome you might be in other ways.

10-18-2012, 08:38 AM
For the record, President Obama did not technically kill anyone to get elected.

I'm quite sure I could find a few examples to refute that claim.

10-18-2012, 08:46 AM
'Cause 16 year old citizens who are currently not in the US don't count.

The Goat
10-18-2012, 08:46 AM
lol, does this guy really think Romney will be easier on marijuana? Sorry, but everyone in the marijuana business knows the risk and take it. Its part of the game.

The Goat
10-18-2012, 08:47 AM
'Cause 16 year old citizens who are currently not in the US don't count.

For it to make a difference you would have to find a killing that Romney didn't agree with.

10-18-2012, 09:11 AM
lol, does this guy really think Romney will be easier on marijuana?

He didn't say that.

The Goat
10-18-2012, 09:23 AM
He's playing the lesser of two evils game and I have yet to grasp the reasoning behind that. lol

10-18-2012, 03:46 PM
LOL, if anything, Romney will be WORSE than Obama when it comes to the drug war.

10-18-2012, 06:10 PM
Oh man was that a dumb rationale. Romney had Ryan walk back his "Let the states decide" attitude on Marijuana.