Doesn't happen often, but sometimes even Tennessee offers a glimmer of sense. Like just now, as I watched Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) tear Attorney General Eric Holder a new one over the Justice Department's continued aggressive policy towards marijuana.
"One of the greatest threats to liberty has been the government taking peopleís liberty for things that people are in favor of. The Pew Research Group shows that 52 percent of people do not think marijuana should be illegal. And yet there are people in jail, and your Justice Department is continuing to put people in jail, for sale, and use, on occasion, of marijuana. Thatís something the American public has finally caught up with. It was a cultural lag. And itís been an injustice for 40 years in this country to take peopleís liberty for something that was similar to alcohol. You have continued what is allowing the Mexican cartels power, and the power to make money, ruin Mexico, hurt our country by having a prohibition in the late 20th and 21st century. We saw it didnít work in this country in the 20s. We remedied it. This is the time to remedy this Prohibition, and I would hope you would do so."