Monday, April 13, 2009

Haiku 041309

spring dawn --

budding bushes
purple haze


Recently, we read the following: “Why Legalizing Marijuana Makes Sense" (by Joe Klein, In the Arena)

“Legalizing marijuana may be politically risky. But the economic benefits are becoming difficult to ignore.

“For the past several years, I've been harboring a fantasy, a last political crusade for the baby-boom generation. We, who started on the path of righteousness, marching for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, need to find an appropriately high-minded approach to life's exit ramp. In this case, I mean the high-minded part literally. And so, a deal: give us drugs, after a certain age — say, 80 — all drugs, any drugs we want. In return, we will give you our driver's licenses. (I mean, can you imagine how terrifying a nation of decrepit, solipsistic 90-year-old boomers behind the wheel would be?) ….

"We boomers are getting older every day. You're not going to want us on the highways. Make us your best offer.”


And we thought:

…. Enough said …. Well, maybe, just one more point -- or a few. Why not a lower threshold age of, say, 75 instead? Or some age related to mandatory deferred compensation, pension, or retirement payouts? The sooner baby boomers can “tune in, turn on ... " (as Klein partially suggested) -- and make peace (one would add) -- the better for this increasingly uncivil world. And they don't really have to be allowed "all drugs, any drugs they want." Just the one -- pot. (In addition, of course to their legitimate stash -- i.e., prescription drugs -- for erectile dysfunction, arthritis, diabetes, cholesterol, etc.)

And then, maybe, they don't really have to give up driving totally -- just driving on the highways. No doubt, car and truck manufacturers wouldn't want to completely lose this large demographic too soon.... So much stuff to break down and consider further, Master Klein. Migraine's coming.... =)

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