The Heritage Foundation hates a plant more than it cares about fidelity to the Constitution.
A recent example of this is an editorial published in the DailySignal titled “7 Harmful Side Effects Pot Legalization Has Caused in Colorado.”
Written by one of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s so-called experts Cully Stimson, this article is packed with fallacy after fallacy. Putting aside the content perpetuating marijuana myths, Stimson ignores the fact that federal marijuana prohibition is grossly unconstitutional. He prattles on as if the war on drugs was a perfectly legitimate role for the federal government.
This fact should be obvious. After all, it took a constitutional amendment for federal prohibition of alcohol. What exactly changed in the last 90-plus years that suddenly empowered the feds to prohibit a plant?
This convenient lapse shows that Heritage’s priorities are misaligned.
Aren’t the Heritage Foundation and its supporters supposed to be the folks up in arms about Constitutional violations? That’s all you hear from Obama detractors throughout the country. The alleged conservatives who work for Heritage are apparently not cut from the same cloth as old-school conservatives. Heritage does not seem care about fidelity to the Constitution, at least not when it conflicts with a preferred policy position. After all, Heritage was the think-tank that originally conceived the reviled big government healthcare fiasco commonly referred to as Obamacare. When they invented the dreaded individual mandate, the Heritage Foundation obviously did not have the founding fathers in mind.
To make matters even worse, this same Heritage ‘scholar’ also defended NDAA indefinite detention and denigrated the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution in an infamous Washington Post editorial from 2012. Considering its lackluster track record, it becomes hard to accept the Heritage Foundation’s policy analysis as anything other than partisan talking points. When you are on the wrong side of the Constitution this many times, it is impossible to stay relevant anywhere except for the bizarro world of the Beltway. The Heritage Foundation is truly at home in its plush Washington D.C. headquarters.
However, the elitist ignorance and arrogance of the Heritage Foundation is finally coming back to bite them. The Heritage folks will likely keep invoking their anti-science, anti-freedom apologetics for marijuana prohibition, proving that they care more about advancing a particular policy than actually defending the constitution and limiting the federal government. Heritage proves itself just another band of Washington D.C. big-government centralizers.
The Heritage Foundation can have its experts who craft public policy like Obamacare that robs the taxpayer, makes a mockery of the Constitution and crushes freedom. We will take the words of the Founding Fathers and the Bill of Rights instead. The public is rediscovering the wisdom in the Founders’ way of thinking, and quickly learning that outfits like Heritage only offer false promises and distortions. Stimson’s words only accelerate this inevitable process.