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Dr. Gosar’s Hypocritical Streak

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Today’s AZ Daily Sun has an interesting article on Dr. Paul Gosar, our new congressman in CD1:

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_09c5fe4a-5a5f-5bc6-a507-dc434e8e3210.html

While the article covers a wide variety of topics, I wanted to focus on a couple pet issues (peeves) of mine. I have complained in the past about Dr. Gosar’s hypocritical streak (for example, he says he supports states’ rights and limited federal government but he also supports a federal constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage) and it comes out in force in this article.

In response to questions from students about medical marijuana, Dr. Gosar says:

“Let’s say that you’ve had some medical marijuana and you’ve smoked it, and you’re a little bit high, and you’ve got in an automobile accident. How should I hold you accountable? Same as drunk driving?”

My question for Dr. Gosar: What if you are under the influence of prescription drugs and you get in an automobile accident? How should I hold you accountable? Same as drunk driving? It happens all the time and your dental profession is partly to blame for the over-prescribing of legal drugs which are often abused:

Americans Drowning In Prescription Drugs

Dr. Gosar also says that medical marijuana will create more crime and work for the police. How? Even something as “revolutionary” as the complete decriminalization of marijuana would free the police up to focus on serious crime. If history is any teacher, we only need to look back to the prohibition of alcohol to see that banning something creates more crime and more work for the police.

Near the end of the article,  Dr. Gosar throws out this incredibly hypocritical statement:

“I don’t ever want the government telling me that I can’t do something. That’s wrong,”

Really? After all the marijuana talk, he pretends to champion individual freedom? Did he say that with a straight face?

Switching gears, I will give a little credit where credit is due. At least Dr. Gosar did talk about  cutting spending and taxes with some specifics including a cut in military spending.  Hopefully he keeps his word there. I hope you will join me holding Dr. Gosar’s feet to the fire and demand that he stand up for true freedom and liberty. He is our representative and as his constituents we must hold him accountable and make sure he represents us.

www.flagstafflibertyalliance.com

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  1. December 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Elisha,

    The good doctor is not hypocritical… merely nuanced. You do remember “nuanced”, don’t you? And anyway, he’s a Republican (reasonable responsibility), not a Libertarian (loony lawlessness), so maybe you should try to get used to it.

    Michael in Strawberry

  2. December 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Libertarians support freedom and liberty for ALL. What a revolutionary concept.

    Thanks for your thoughts Michael.

  3. Brenda Cornelius
    December 15, 2010 at 4:35 am

    You betcha!!! He was NOT my choice in the primaries….it was difficult for me to support him in the general election, but had to vote for him anyway!

  4. December 15, 2010 at 6:24 am

    I hear you Brenda. I voted for him too and even did some canvassing for him. He was clearly better than Kirkpatrick. I considered voting for the Libertarian (write in candidate) but she was not actively campaigning.

  5. Lou Anderson
    December 30, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Hi Elisha,

    First, on the issue of Dr. Gosar being in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage, I don’t see the hypocrisy. He is obviously in favor of marriage between a man and a woman, which up until recent times is something that was taken for granted. He obviously realizes that the only way to accomplish this is by means of an amendment, on which every state would have a right to cast its vote. If the states decide to enact the amendment, then the states have decided to give the federal government such right. No one is taking it away from the states by force. The constitution allows this procedure.

    With regard to the question about how to deal with the situation where a person who is under the influence of marijuana for health reasons, I may have misunderstood what you are trying to say with the comparison of a person under the influence of a prescription drug. I came away with the feeling that people under the influence of a prescription drug are not treated so seriously as someone under the influence of alcohol, so perhaps those who get in an accident while under the influence of marijuana for health reasons should get a pass also. If this is what your analogy was meant to convey, then I disagree. I think anyone who is under the influence of a substance (whether legal or illegal) that hinders his ability to operate a vehicle or a machine should not be allowed to do so. If the person choses to drive and gets in an accident then he should be treated as a law breaker and suffer the penalties. In other words, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs would be treated in the same manner since they all hinder one’s ability to operate a vehicle.

    • December 30, 2010 at 5:23 am

      Hi Lou,

      Thanks for your comments.

      First, I believe that marriage is a religious matter and the government should be out of it completely. Of course, that’s not going to happen so we need to look at the Constitution and the proper place for marriage laws. Marriage has always been an issue left up to the states. The hypocrisy comes in when Gosar says he supports states’ rights and less federal government in one breath and in the next breath says he wants to take the power away from the states and create a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage on a national level. Only 3/4 of the states are needed to ratify a Constitutional amendment. This tramples on the states who have already legalized same sex marriage.

      The Constitutional Amendment Process:
      http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/constitution/

      During the campaign I contacted Gosar about it on his Facebook page asking him to explain his stand and he deleted the post. I asked him why he deleted my post and he apologized but never gave me my answer. Go figure.

      As far as the DUI issue, I think we agree. My point is that medical marijuana should be treated like any other legal medicine. I agree 100% that people should not drive under the influence of any legal or illegal substance. Unfortunately, Gosar is still looking at medical marijuana through the eyes of it being illegal. When he asks the student the question, he does not seem to see it through the same eyes as the medicine he prescribes. Hence my question to him.

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