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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/28/2017 11:08 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/28/2017 11:08 AM
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Week Four Op-Ed By Former Calaveras County Supervisor Tom Tryon On The "War On Drugs"

Angels Camp, CA...Letter written to the Editor in the summer of 1985: I would like to comment on President Bush’s latest proposals for escalating the so called “War on Drugs”. One must assume this effort has been very successful to justify such an escalation! As noted in earlier articles, the effort is not a war on drugs, but, rather a war on people; a war of foreign intervention; and a war attacking the fundamental principles of liberty as embodied in the Bill of Rights. War is the lifeblood of the state. War provides for the expansion and concentration of power in a central authority, and a corresponding diminution of the individual’s power or sovereignty over his own being. The war spirit identifies dissent with treason, the pursuit of private happiness with slackerism and sabotage, and on the other side, obedience with discipline, and conformity with patriotism. Thus war removes from the individual any moral ground as well as any lawful ground on which he might resist the execution of the official plan. President Bush’s war is the more repugnant since it targets the very rights that our government was initiated to protect.

The ultimate irony is the fact that one of the targets of this escalation is the casual user. Apparently President Bush feels if we can just catch the individual who is not a problem, who is not addicted, and who commits no crimes; and take from him his job and his driver’s license, we will substantially solve the drug problem. Our President is obviously hallucinating!

The really scary part of this whole scenario is the Democratic response. They feel the President did not go far enough; he has not committed enough billions, and he did not create an international strike force to swoop into foreign countries to nab the bad guys. Poor President Bush has attempted to scale the pinnacles of stupidity only to find the Democrats firmly entrenched there. This entire fiasco represents the underlying principles of the two major parties; The Democrats with their tax and spend and we need more government philosophy versus the Republican mentality of borrow and build more jails and propose 1% less government than the Democrats.

One of the more interesting planks in Bush’s program is the involuntary testing of all prison inmates. If he can’t keep drugs out of the prisons where almost no civil rights are recognized, to what extent must the “war” be escalated to achieve the result that the average citizen will not have the opportunity to ingest an illicit substance. There is truly a thought to ponder!

The most disappointing aspect of the entire 2 hour TV extravaganza was the absolute refusal to have any of the decriminalization or relegalization advocates comment on the President’s program. The only valid alternative was denied expression. Perhaps there is a fear that logic and reason might prevail over propaganda. It is certainly appalling to witness good citizens supporting a President whose major (perhaps only) focus is the waging of a war against his own citizenry by an appointed Czar. It is wonderful to live in the Land of the Free.

Thomas M. Tryon
Supervisor, District 4

A Law was Enacted
By Richard D. Fuerle

A law was enacted that duly required,
Each man and each woman, and children they’ve sired,
To pay to the State but one dollar in taxes,
A dollar each fortnight the moon wanes and waxes.

Some paid without protest, and bitched not at all,
And some paid and grumbled and bitched to the wall,
But a few chose to stand by their right to be free,
And paid not a cent to the damned Treasury.

So a new law was passed, the old law rebuilt,
Those who refused, were fined to the hilt,
But still some would stand by their right to be free,
And would not give in to this robbery.

If fines are not paid, a new law provided,
Then off to the prisons for those so misguided,
There were but a few who preferred to stay free,
And resist with their guns this new slavery.

The law was revised, made tougher still,
Those who resisted, a cop could now kill.
This is the point that I wish now to make:
If you tax a man’s freedom, his life you must take.

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Posted on: 2017-03-28 11:11:57   By: Anonymous

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    Posted on: 2017-03-28 11:43:06   By: Anonymous
    Go away Tom Tiredofya. You have soiled your families legacy, you were a lousy supe, now you want the county to go up in smoke. Go away, you are like a bad rash. And walking around the board chambers mumbling to yourself isn't a good look either.

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      Posted on: 2017-03-28 11:43:31   By: Anonymous
        Edited By: thepinetree
      On: 2017-03-28 12:19:26

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      Posted on: 2017-03-28 12:19:01   By: Anonymous
      There were good reasons why Tom was reelected over and over again. Thank You Tom!!

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        Posted on: 2017-03-28 13:39:18   By: Anonymous
        Suck ASS

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    Posted on: 2017-03-28 11:59:21   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2017-03-28 12:01:50   By: Anonymous
Former, who want's to read your Shi+!

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Posted on: 2017-03-28 12:01:51   By: Anonymous
I note that he signs his letter "Supervisor, District 4".. Did no one have the heart to tell him?

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    Re: Supervisor?
    Posted on: 2017-03-28 12:59:11   By: Anonymous

    "Letter written to the Editor in the summer of 1985"?

    Comprehension is key, anon.

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Posted on: 2017-03-28 12:02:32   By: Anonymous
That clown still alive.

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    Posted on: 2017-03-28 12:07:55   By: Anonymous
    Sit down uncle tommy

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      Re: Feeling l
      Posted on: 2017-03-28 12:48:00   By: Anonymous
      Very sad to see former Supervisors and other respected citizens like Stevnot speak out so adamantly on an issue that for the most part destroys lives and our way of life in this County -- looks like we made poor choices electing these folks and expecting them to improve our County standings. What a Shame. . . so Sad!

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        Re: Feeling l
        Posted on: 2017-03-28 13:05:10   By: Anonymous
        Kick his ass and steal his pot.

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          Re: Feeling l
          Posted on: 2017-03-28 14:21:16   By: Anonymous
          I thought increase in crime and violence were some of the things the ban folks were afraid of being brought into the county? Why are you advocating for both?

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Posted on: 2017-03-28 13:44:55   By: Anonymous
Buy male plants and fight back, plant them near your grower neighbors and ruin their crops by making them go to seed, F the growers.....

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    Posted on: 2017-03-28 14:09:30   By: Anonymous
    ^ right on!

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      Posted on: 2017-03-28 20:10:17   By: Anonymous
      Yawn, is this rambling self loving blah blah over yet?

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Posted on: 2017-03-28 15:09:59   By: Anonymous
Is that a wish bone stuck in tom's throat?

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Posted on: 2017-03-29 08:58:44   By: Anonymous
I find it funny when this clown doesn't get his way with something locally, he goes on these "look at me" rants.

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Posted on: 2017-03-29 21:19:59   By: Anonymous
Seriously!!!! Get this a-hole off of here!!!! He is embarrassing!!!!

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Be courteous and reasonable.
Posted on: 2017-04-06 20:38:35   By: Anonymous
With most on line statements, the bloggers never argue about the issue mentioned, they only make obscene, unreasonable personal attacks on the author. This only demonstrates their stupidity and bad manners. Tom Tryon has a long record of devoted public service and deserves respect whether or not you agree with his opinion on the cannabis subject.

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