When news is slow, there is time for rumors to swirl. So, there were two stories I read today that I place squarely in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” category.
Richard Branson, who I greatly admire, is talking about some kind of U.N. announcement that the War on Drugs is over. As much as I’d love to see it, I think this is unlikely. The whole War on Drugs is a U.S. initiative, and so whatever is said at the U.N., is largely irrelevant. Or maybe not. It’s a rumor.
If we lived in a world where facts determined actions, not only would the war be over, there would be amnesties and apologies all around, and marijuana would take its rightful place in human civilization, as a wonder drug, and we’d start growing hemp for all sorts of stuff, too.
The other rumor is that Joe Biden is about to announce he’s in the race for the White House. I don’t like this at all. It sounds like the party insiders, having realized that Bernie is going to take the nomination away from Hillary (he already leads in the first two states in the process, Iowa and New Hampshire, and his popularity only increases with name recognition) have decided they’d better put another candidate in the race, somebody who can beat Sanders but is still acceptable to Sanders supporters. Somebody who can keep the lid on this simmering pot, someone who will maintain the status quo.
Well, too late, lame ass party hacks. We’ve actually got a Democrat who’s talking like a Democrat, not somebody who lets the Republicans get away with their bullshit, not somebody who gives weaselly, calculated answers to everything.
So, even if Biden gets into the race now, he will lose. There will be two status quo candidates, but Sanders will still be Sanders. And that’s all he needs to be.