Can Herman Cain Rise Back Up on a Cloud of Marijuana Smoke?

See Parts 1 and 2 in my ongoing series on political magick and its role in the GOP primary campaign.

The most puzzling aspect of the practice of magick -- and the reason so many people resist it as a metaphor -- is the question of whether it actually "works." If I perform some silly little ritual to project my will out onto the universe, if I spell out the way I want the world to go, will it actually have the effect I want? If the world does happen to change as I wanted it to, was it really my performance of the ritual that caused it or would it have just happened regardless? The humble mystic will alternate back and forth between thinking there's actually something supernatural involved, and reverting to a scientific skeptic dismissing any odd synchronicities as just patterns that he's tricked his brain into finding. Robert Anton Wilson has observed that when one starts to lean really hard in one direction then all of a sudden evidence will appear to pull you the other way. That's been my personal experience too in my dabblings.

Same story in the practice of New Media Political Magick. When we write the world as we wish it was and then we see the change manifest, we always doubt if our spell was actually the nudge or not. "Did the candidate read what I wrote and make the decision based on my argument?" Probably not, but why not enjoy entertaining the fantasy for a moment?

On October 23, I published "Our Deceitful Marxist President’s Cruel War on Sick Medicinal Marijuana Patients" here at PJM. The article excoriated Obama's betrayal of a campaign promise and advocated for the then-front runner to start bringing up an issue that could tip both the primary and the general election in his favor:

Next: Time for Herman Cain to formally unveil a reset on GOP drug policy that will further secure 2012 victory and solidify a generation’s conservatism? 

2.The federal government does not have the authority to tell its citizens which of the plants God set growing on this earth they are permitted to utilize for medicinal purposes. Regulating such matters as best benefits the community is the responsibility of state and local governments. If Alabama residents want marijuana to be illegal they can do that. If California votes for weed to be sold at Wal-Marts they can do that. And citizens can then live where they want. Problem solved. The best way for marijuana counterculturalists to proceed is to buffer transitional periods toward legalization with a decade or so of a medicinal marijuana program. The culture needs to continue to shift toward understanding drugs as tools used by responsible people to fix medical problems and raise ones’ quality of life, not party pills for recreation.

In my article I noted that Cain had already quietly endorsed a states' rights position on marijuana. On Tuesday he did exactly as I hoped:

"If states want to legalize medical marijuana, I think that's a state's right," Cain said, according to NBC News. "Because one of my overriding approaches to looking at all of these issue --most of them belong at the state, because when you do something federally . . .  you try to force one-size-fits-all."

Given that it's now a Cain-Gingrich-Romney race (or a Gingrich-Romney race if you're discussing it with Newt's groupies), we need to review where the Genie and Knight stand since the Wizard has now quietly cast his spell.

This is a simple issue: is it the role of the federal government to spend tens of billions of dollars each year to try and prevent its citizens from becoming addicted to certain drugs? Surely Gingrich has been consistent on such a fundamental question as the conservative understanding of the limited duties of the federal government, right?

Next: The must stunning -- and brain dead -- flip flop I've ever seen...