How the Failure of the MORE ACT Reveals Two Classes of Society
How Marijuana Legalization Revealed the Bluff of US Politics
We got really close to legalizing weed…again. But it failed because there are politicians who believe that cannabis is a gateway drug or that there isn’t enough social equity or too much social equity in the bills.
As a result, they bicker and moan and strike down any notion of legalizing cannabis…and who is benefitting from all of this? The same industries that has always benefitted from it and who conveniently fund all of these politicians that bicker and moan.
A Recent article entitled, Americans want to legalize marijuana – their senators don’t | The Hill, reported on how the Senate didn’t vote to pass on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act.
One would think that since it’s primarily a Democratic bill that the Republicans were the ones stalling to make this law – but you’d be wrong. It was both Democrats and Republicans who opposed the bill and as a result, you’ll probably only see some action happen sometime in August again.
The same thing is happening in Mexico where the politicians have stalled on creating a legal framework for cannabis, which has been “technically” legal since 2018. However, for the past four years we have seen no real movement coming from them except empty promises.
In some ways, they are stalling just like their American counterparts and considering that Biden bailed out Mexico for violating some oil agreements – it’s probably safe to say that Mexico owes them a few favors. I mean, you can’t have legal weed being grown at mass scale on the Southern Border without having your own legal cannabis system set up now can you?
Never mind, that’s just speculation. Probably nothing to do with one another.
Nonetheless, as The Hill Pointed out in their article, “Americans want legalization – their senators don’t…”
What we’re seeing is that there is something called “The will of the people” and then there’s something called “The will of the persons” which is something entirely different. People, are you and me – the individual that participates within the social game, pays taxes, votes, etc.
A “Person” is a legal entity that has similar rights to that of people, but are in fact not a “physical person”.
Corporations have some of the same rights as people. This is known as corporate personhood. It is the idea that a corporation has its own rights. Corporate personhood has existed much longer than many people realize.
Corporate personhood is not just for large companies. As long as a business is incorporated, it can benefit from corporate personhood. Organizations that benefit from corporate personhood can include:
Because it bought land, the Catholic Church is one of the earliest examples of corporate personhood – Upcounsel.com
While these corporations do not have exactly the same rights as a natural person, they do have certain rights that people have. Rights like Freedom of Speech for example is one of them. Those in favor of corporate personhood believe that this is a way for corporations to be protected from the government – which makes sense.
If corporations didn’t have some sort of protected rights, the government could easily strongarm them through legislation or regulation to do their bidding. However, critics of corporate personhood claim that companies have “more rights” than natural people due to their funding.
Corporations utilize this right to buy political favors. This is why all major companies have “lobbying groups” which are essentially “law brokers” who find politicians to partner up with them to pass laws. These politicians don’t simply engage with the law – they get benefits from the companies as a result.
Which is why critics of corporate personhood claim that corporations have more rights than natural people. After all, how is your private lobbying group doing in the White House? Oh yea that’s right – no real person has a lobbying group advocating for laws to be changed!
While some of you may be confused to where I’m going with all of this, rest assured that it will all make sense in a minute.
The People the product of the Person
Now that we’ve established that “We the People” and “We the Persons” are two different groups, it’s time to put it all together.
Firstly, if “We the people” were the primary motivator for politicians to “get things done” – cannabis would have been legalized the moment we hit 60% approval rating. It would mean that the majority of the population would be in favor of something – politicians would have to respond in kind and begin changing the laws to suit the expectations of the voters.
This would be how it should work.
But you see, the big bluff of government is that while they claim they represent “we the people” they truly are in the pockets of “We the persons”. When 38 sitting US Senators have stock in the pharmaceutical industry and making laws that benefit their donors – that is an example of “We the Persons” being served.
But more importantly what we need to desperately understand is that this separation is the only true separation in society we should worry about. The “persons” want to keep the “people” fighting – which is why they continually sow seeds of division. They want people to fight about race, about privileges, about sex, about every little thing in their lives – as long as they aren’t aware that there are only two classes in society.
I think someone who summed it up pretty nicely was the late and great comedian George Carlin on his bit, “It’s a big club – and you ain’t in it!”
“But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason that it will never, ever, ever be fixed. It’s never gonna get any better. Don’t look for it. Be happy with what you got. Because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now, the real owners, the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.
Forget the politicians.
The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the senate, the congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want.
They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want: They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table to figure out how badly they’re getting screwed by a system that threw them overboard 30 years ago. They don’t want that.
You know what they want?
They want obedient workers. Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money.
They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you, sooner or later, ’cause they own this freakin’ place.
It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.
You and I are not in the big club. And by the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head in their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy.
The table is tilted folks.
The game is rigged, and nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people — white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on — good honest hard-working people continue — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a crap about them.
They don’t give a crap about you.
They don’t give a crap about you. They don’t care about you at all — at all — at all. And nobody seems to notice, nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on; the fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday. Because the owners of this country know the truth: it’s called the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
― George Carlin
The “owners” as Carlin calls them, have you and me by the balls and the latest blunder in not legalizing cannabis is just another example showing us that Carlin was right. We are not represented by our leaders and perhaps it’s time for a new way of engaging with society. We are so dependent on these owners that it’s hard to imagine life without them.
But it’s these owners that make billions on piling corpses, wage war using our sons and daughters as toy soldiers in an endless conflict that bleeds the color of oil and money.
Don’t be fooled by the theater – you are the product…you always have been. The question is, now that you know – what can you do about it?