Posted by Brad @ 11:23 am on January 30th 2012

By Far the Question People Want President Obama to Answer the Most

In the President’s State of the Union speech, he solicited Americans to submit, via YouTube, questions for the President. 133,230 did, and this one was the far-and-away winner:

In every single “Ask the President” sort of thing, a variant of this question invariably generates by far the most support/interest. In fact, it usually happens that out of the top 10 user-submitted questions, at least 6 of them tend to be related to drug policy. One could argue that this is a function of the medium – like Ron Paul winning online polls, something that measures a very particular audience and rewards a particular kind of enthusiasm. But, of course, Ron Paul’s strength in this arena bore out, in that his online register wound up, before the media or polling or establishment attention ever did, correctly divining what appears to be a lasting and significant movement (at least relative to what also-ran Presidential campaigns ever normally generate).

Regardless, as the man notes, MOST Americans appear to now support some find of marijuana legalization, the base of support for the notion appears to be both deeper than is commonly accepted as well as more enthusiastic, and yet it remains an issue which almost the entirety of American polity refuses to even address as a question worth answering (I have no doubt the White House staff will parse the user-submitted questions into a list of questions relating to what the political establishment have deemed the “real” issues). I still can’t believe that, for all kinds of electoral challengers across America, this isn’t an automatic gimme sleeper issue on which to distinguish yourself. It remains the great untapped potential in American politics. As it stands now, it appears almost to be more a marker: those who choose to even regularly address it become, by definition, outside “the mainstream” and thus shut out of American political discourse.

To wit, I’ll answer Mr. Downing’s question:

Q: What do you say to this growing voter constituency that wants more changes to drug policy than you have delivered in your first term?

A: Gary Johnson 2012.

1 Comment »

  1. And that’s the only answer Mr. Downing will get, as the President chose to pass on all Drug War related questions.

    Comment by Brad — 1/31/2012 @ 10:10 am

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