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Ron Paul Jabbers At Nation One Last Time: Let's Break Up America, For Weed

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Uh oh, we will need to make some changes to this mapDoes Dr. Professor Congressman Ron Paul count as one of our "pantheon of fallen heroes"? No, because he has chosen to leave Congress voluntarily, which means that he is Undefeated, forever. The fact that he is using his God/Constitution-granted Liberty to walk away from Congress has probably gotten him thinking, though, thinking about how Liberty means you should be able to walk away from anything. You should even be able to walk away from America, if you are a state that hates Barack Obama ... or one that loves weed. Oh, did we just blow your mind with that last one?


You might have heard about all the people signing secession petitions in the wake of Barak Nobama's election-coup this month. Dr. Ron Paul heard about them too! And he's got some thoughts about them:

Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession. Some felt it was treasonous to secede from England, but those "traitors" became our country's greatest patriots.

There is nothing treasonous or unpatriotic about wanting a federal government that is more responsive to the people it represents. That is what our Revolutionary War was all about and today our own federal government is vastly overstepping its constitutional bounds with no signs of reform. In fact, the recent election only further entrenched the status quo. If the possibility of secession is completely off the table there is nothing to stop the federal government from continuing to encroach on our liberties and no recourse for those who are sick and tired of it.

Historically accurate, sort of! Probably we should distinguish between our Founding Fathers, who were for the most part the politicians who ran the American colonial governments and even had what passed for electoral mandates in the 1770s, from disgruntled weirdos who just put their first name and last initial on some dumb e-petition. But still, what sort of terrible encroachment are the Feds up to, Congressman? Taxes? Obamacare? What's the worst thing you can think of?

Consider the ballot measures that passed in Colorado and Washington state regarding marijuana laws. The people in those states have clearly indicated that they are ready to try something different where drug policy is concerned, yet they will still face a tremendous threat from the federal government. In California, the Feds have been arresting peaceful medical marijuana users and raiding dispensaries that state and local governments have sanctioned. This shouldn't happen in a free country.

Ha ha, we really will miss you, Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, because you do say fun things like this, in between the crazy racist stuff. Enjoy your retirement! By the looks of things, you'll be spending it baked out of your mind. Here, enjoy Ron Paul insulting some Reaganaut drug warrior on the Morton Downey Jr. show in 1988:

Meanwhile, a conservative who actually has power over American lives has a ... somewhat different view on this whole matter:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia actually addressed the question in a letter obtained by The Wall Street Journal, in which the conservative justice said the "answer is clear."

"If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede," Scalia wrote.

This has been your report on the state of the debate between the wacko libertarian and thuggish authoritarian sides of the conservative movement for the day. [Ron Paul's actual House blog/The Hill]

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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