By "Radical" Russ Belville
(YouTube.com/WhiteHouse) On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET, President Obama will speak to the nation in his annual State of the Union address.Starting today, you can ask President Obama the questions that are on your mind about the direction of the country and vote on others that you think should be asked. He’ll answer several of your top-voted questions during a special interview, which will take place on January 30, live from the White House. A selection of people who submit questions will also be invited to join a Google+ Hangout live with the President during the interview.
The deadline to submit is January 28 at midnight ET so submit your question now.
Here we go again. How many times will President Obama ask the American people for their questions on national policy, how many times will we resoundingly call for marijuana legalization, and how will he diminish, mock, or ignore our concerns this time?
1) We petitioned him to legalize marijuana in September 2011, the number one petition;
2) We Twittered him to legalize marijuana in July 2011, making up one out of eight questions asked;
3) We asked him via YouTube video in January 2011, with LEAP’s question the number one video;
4) We asked him via Ideas for Change in March 2010, with legalization again the number one question;
5) We lobbied him via Citizen’s Briefing Book in May 2009, with the number one idea being legalization;
6) We asked him via Open for Questions II in March 2009, where he mocked the number one idea of legalization helping the economy;
7) We asked him via Open for Questions I in January 2009, where legalization topped most categories of questions;
8) We asked him via Change.gov in December 2008, where legalization was again number one and a dozen of the top fifty questions.
Maybe the ninth time is the charm? Once again in this “ask the people” exercise the most popular questions deal with legalization of marijuana*.
Here’s the official National NORML question:
Here’s my entry:
* Though this time, we may get beaten by SOPA, PIPA, and NDAA questions… which wouldn’t bother me a bit. A free and open internet, threatened by SOPA and PIPA, is crucial to spreading the message of marijuana law reform. NDAA is an abomination that allows the president to declare citizens “enemy combatants” and lock them up indefinitely without charge, without trial, and without rights. We’re big fans of the First and Fourth Amendments here and these acts are counter to the spirit and Constitution of America.