Hmmm, I do not know, I guess it might depend on how much you smoked in high school and college, but Stacy McCain sees a possible connection between toking it up, and becoming David Brooks!
David Brooks confessed in a New York Times column that he was a high-school stoner, by way of arguing against the legalization of marijuana. One of his erstwhile dope buddies replied with a column recalling how they got away with it in Radnor, Illinois:
[H]ere all along I thought he quit because of that time we got pulled over by the Radnor cops in senior year right after we’d clambaked his Mom’s Vista Cruiser, and first thing the cop does after the smoke clears is look him right in his red, red eyes, and said, “I don’t suppose it would go over so good if I went over to 632 Haverford Road and told Mr and Mrs Brooks their boy was out here with his clique smoking pot.” I was so impressed with the way Dave pulled himself together then. He didn’t beg for mercy or fight with the cop. Somehow he knew exactly how to go all bar mitzvah boy, how to talk to authority, how to flatter and impress and toady, even stoned to the gills, like his inner Eddie Haskell was deeper down than the pot could get. And it worked. The cop let us go, told us we were lucky he knew Dave and that we were white kids from Radnor, and later on, at the pizza house taking care of our munchies, chattering and cackling over our good luck and trying to figure out how Dave and the cop knew each other, busting on him for being a narc, Dave was quiet and pale and barely touched his hoagie, and I think that was the last time he smoked pot, at least with us.
Brooks’s ex-buddy Gary Greenberg is pro-legalization, whereas I think his anecdote proves quite the opposite point: We need a drastic crackdown on teenage dopeheads because if we don’t put these freaks in prison, they might grow up to be David Brooks.
While it is always fun, and darned easy to mock David “Pants Crease” Brooks this does raise a serious question. Should we legalize pot? The Libertarian in me says sure, the less government in our lives the better. The Conservative in me worries that we should never encourage something as stupid, and wasteful of brain cells as pot smoking. Which side of my thinking is right? I think there are good arguments on both sides, I honestly do. I also have known a lot of pot smokers in my life, mostly co-workers that I knew indulged, but did not wish to hang out with, mainly because potheads annoy me while they are stoned. Some of these folks are good people, smart, hard working. Some are Conservatives. And yes some are brain dead Liberals. Some are lazy. But all of those things could be said of people I know that do not indulge as well. And, all of those things could be said of people who drink as well.
In the end, I suppose I am just not keen on government nannies dictating such behaviors. I see the benefits, and drawbacks of curtailing the drug war by legalizing pot. I really do not care if pot is made legal. Generally I am for allowing things that do not harm others. But, to be honest I would never be OK with legalizing cocaine or heroine. Maybe that makes me hypocritical. Or maybe it just means that this issue is not high on my list of prioritized issues.