Ron Paul – The Drug War: Will the Trump Administration OD on Authoritarianism?

By Ron Paul

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors in drug cases to seek the maximum penalty authorized by federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Sessions’ order represents a setback to the progress made toward restoring compassion and common sense to the sentencing process over the past few years. Sessions’ action also guarantees that many nonviolent drug law offenders will continue spending more time in prison than murderers.

Sessions’ support for mandatory minimums is no surprise,

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The Cannabis Caucus in Congress as seen by VICE (GOP and Dem)

The article comes from VICE with all the necessary virtue signalling about evil Republicans and so on but it is still interesting.

The Cannabis Caucus should expand. Frankly, every member of The Freedom Caucus should also be a member if they indeed stand for freedom, which it appears that they largely do.

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Pope warns of “invasion” of libertarianism (This is not a joke.)

I grew up Catholic. I seriously considered the priesthood. (I liked girls too much.) I have deep respect for the faith. It influenced me profoundly. But for the Pope to come out and warn that libertarianism is something to be concerned with in a world which is completely defined by predatory statism is frankly asinine.

I am Catholic no longer but I remain a Christian. And I am a libertarian. How Pope Francis can say that a philosophy based on non-aggression is cause for concern is troubling.

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Ex-DEA Spokeswoman: ‘Marijuana Is Safe’, Kept Illegal Because It’s A ‘Cash Cow’

On this issue of cannabis I have gone from tacitly supporting prohibition. To supporting decriminalization. To supporting legalization. (This was over many years.) It has become obvious to me that the continued restrictions on marijuana really are about lining the pockets of cronies within the government and outside of it, particularly in Pharma.

I will say that no drug is totally “safe.” And pot can cause dependence on a psychological level. But generally, well, let’s be adults about things.

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Steve Bannon (Allegedly) Dismisses Austrian Economics

Austrian economics is clear and concise. It is elegant in its simplicity. Ebb and flow. Markets clear. When manipulated undue harm is done markets and society.

We aren’t surprised to hear this from Mr. Bannon. We assumed that this was probably about where he was on the economics question. No fan of Austrian economics would call for a massive infrastructure program for instance. (As Bannon has.)

Saying that, Bannon is in many respects a breath of fresh air.

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Senator Franken says that the Constitution he follows is “different” from, well, The ACTUAL Constitution

Consider that Franken has sworn to uphold the Constitution. Not that “swearing” to uphold anything probably means much to him. In fact that is pretty clearly on display here –

“the document he (Scalia) revered looks very different from the one I have sworn to defend.”

Really? It looks different? I don’t think so. You, Mr. Franken may not like what the Constitution says, but the Constitution is pretty clear and relatively easy to read.

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Dennis Kucinich: New WikiLeaks reveal proof we are sliding down the slippery slope toward totalitarianism

I think it really started to look that way right after September 11th when the Patriot Act and all the other new government intrusions (for our safety of course) came online. Then under Obama it became pretty clear that this was the trajectory.

Will anything be done? Can anything be done at this point? We keep complaining. But will people ever absolutely insist on their dignity? Are we too far gone?

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CATO: Conservatives Should Think Twice before Supporting Jeff Sessions

Sessions will be confirmed but small government people need to keep a close eye on him. Some of his positions are very big government and benefit the current crony system.

Marijuana laws for instance should be liberalized and dealt with on a state level. That is the CONSTITUTIONAL position and as such it should be the position of any American conservative. Yet Jeff Sessions appears to have a beef with pot even though pot legalization at a state level was one of the few wins fans of small government had during the Obama years.

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