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Everyone knows the parable of the emperor with no clothes. The significance of a child being the one to point out the emperor’s nudity, as opposed to a sermonizing preacher or self-righteous intellectual, is simple to understand. Neither morality nor logic was responsible for stripping the emperor’s veil of falsehood. All it took was the truth.
One can’t help but think of this when considering Gary Johnson, the Republican governor of New Mexico, who, despite pressure from power brokers at the top of his own party, has proclaimed that the emperor that is this country’s war on drugs is not only naked to the world, but that its body is festering with the sores of moral decay and corruption. In the governor’s own words, “The drug problem is getting worse. It’s not getting better … It needs to get talked about, and one of the things that’s going to get talked about is decriminalization.”
He continues: “What I’m trying to do here is launch discussion … I think it is the number one problem facing this country today… We really need to put all options on the table” (Albuquerque …