It's not often that I agree with the missives the Ayn Rand Institute periodically sends me. But to this one I can say, "D'accord":
This week the Supreme Court dealt a blow to individual freedom by ruling that federal agents may arrest and prosecute people who grow or use marijuana for medical purposes.
The fundamental issue at stake is not federal law versus state law, but personal freedom versus government coercion. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights exist to protect every individual's right to life and liberty. An individual who grows or consumes marijuana violates no one's rights while legitimately exercising his own. Just as government has no right to determine what food we eat or what books we read, it should have no right to determine what drugs we take. As long as we don't violate the rights of others, we should have the right to do with our lives--and our bodies--whatever we think is best.
David Holcberg, Ayn Rand Institute
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It's important to be reminded, from time to time, that libertarian thinking exerts a pull on both sides of the aisle. That last sentence, for example, is ripe for left-wing appropriation.