One thing I like about Alex Jones’ Infowars are all the exotic and interesting guests that appear on it. And it seems that a lot of them are there because they can’t get a hearing in the mainstream media. People like Roger Stone, for example, who was – among many other things – Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign manager. Or Dr Jerome Corsi, author of numerous books. Or Steve Pieczenik, psychologist and regime change organiser. These days there seem to be more and more of them, and they’re also becoming presenters on the show as it expands. They’re new voices. And I’m hooked.
One of the guests a couple of days ago was 85-year-old Sheriff Joe Arpaio. who’s been under investigation by Obama for the past 8 years, and who Trump is now rumoured to be about to pardon. About 15½ minutes into the YouTube video Arpaio says:
“You know how I got him on my side? He liked blueberry pie. My wife kept pumping out blueberry pie. I threw in some whiskey from the PX. I got more done with blueberry pie and whiskey than a big stick. That’s how you do it. You go to a back room, light up a cigar, make a deal.”
But elsewhere Arpaio mentions working for the DEA in Austin, Texas. And the Drug Enforcement Agency is pretty much the equivalent of Tobacco Control, only working against all the other drugs (apart from tobacco). Arpaio has probably put hundreds, maybe thousands, of drug dealers and drug runners behind bars.
So Arpaio is a drug warrior, and he’s spent his life fighting against the evils of marijuana and all the rest of the drugs. But he thinks there’s nothing wrong with blueberry pie and whiskey and cigars.
This is a cultural war. And Arpaio has been fighting for whiskey and cigars, and against marijuana and cocaine and opium. And Obama and Holder and all the left wing politicians in the cities have been fighting for marijuana and cocaine and opium, and against whiskey and cigars. Where one side advances, pot smoking gets banned, and tobacco is permitted. Where the other side advances, tobacco gets banned, and pot smoking is permitted.
It’s a cultural division that has split America (and most of the rest of the Western world) since the 1960s, if not earlier. In the cities and universities, people smoked pot and any number of other things. Elsewhere, they drank beer and smoked cigarettes. But instead of peacefully co-existing, allowing people to live and let live, each to his own preference, they first demonised pot and all the other drugs, and then the pot-smokers counter-demonised tobacco and alcohol. It’s a tit-for-tat war that is now approaching civil war levels.
It’s crazy. It could just as easily have been a war between blueberry pie eaters and apple pie eaters, with each side saying how addictive and how poisonous blueberry/apple pie was.
And someone like Alex Jones stands somewhere awkwardly in the middle. He ought to be a whisky-and-cigars guy like Arpaio, but you never see him smoking cigars. Nor do you see any of his guests smoking cigars or cigarettes, even if they’re being interviewed speaking via Skype from their own homes. In that respect, Alex Jones is as politically correct as Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. And he’s also being politically correct by selling health products on his radio show. If he wanted to be politically incorrect, he’d sell cheeseburgers and hot dogs. And blueberry pie with whipped cream. And he’d eat them on air. And if he can’t do that in Austin, Texas, then he probably could in Costa Rica or Panama or someplace.
The cultural divide is between pot and tobacco, arts and sciences, left and right, open borders and closed borders, blueberry pie and apple pie. On one issue after another, they line up neatly on opposite sides of the divide.
The simplest thing would be to end all the drug wars. End the war on pot and coke and opium. End the war on tobacco and alcohol. End the war on cheeseburgers and hot dogs and blueberry pie. Tell people they can do what the heck they like, as long as they take the consequences.
But there’s no sign of anything like that happening any time soon. Instead, it’s all slowly boiling up towards civil war