With New Hampshire’s most prominent anti-Prohibition activist sitting in jail tonight, after his marijuana conviction in Keene today, it might not appear a “win” to everyone at first.
Like Martin Luther King, the victory is in the righteousness of his stand.
Rich stood firm and defiant. He would not spy on his friends for the authorities. He would not kowtow. He would not apologize. He would not plea bargain. He would not, in any way, concede he had done anything wrong.
Rev. King endured jail at the hands of his era’s bigots, as Rich will now have to do. For both of them it is a matter of maintaining integrity.
In unintended irony, the snitch who set up Rich Paul was given the codename “Socrates” by the police. The name of a man noted for holding onto his integrity while those around him wallowed in their cowardice.
This weekend, on stages at 4/20 rallies all across the country, Rich Paul’s integrity and defiance will be invoked. The bigots of our age have only managed to turn him into the Movement’s national hero. That’s a win.
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