Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on “Fox News Sunday” this morning to discuss same-sex marriage, immigration, his potential 2016 presidential run…and drugs. Still high from his recent straw poll victory at CPAC, young Paul was eager to bestow upon us more of his Libertarian wisdom, particularly involving recreational drug use. He actually called out President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush on their own youthful adventures and used them as examples of why pot smoking should not be a crime.
“Look, the last two presidents could have conceivably been put in jail for their drug use and I really think – look what would’ve happened, it would’ve ruined their lives. They got lucky. But a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky and they don’t have good attorneys and they go to jail for some of these things and I think it’s a big mistake,” Paul said.
Interestingly, he excluded President Bill Clinton, but host Chris Wallace went ahead and brought him up.
“Actually, I think it would be the last three presidents, but who’s counting?” Wallace said jokingly, and added, “But he didn’t inhale.”
Wallace was referring to Clinton’s half-admitted college pot-smoking. Paul responded, in what appeared to be some discomfort, “There you go.”
Watch the video:
Paul’s obvious discomfort caught my attention. Hmmm….? Well we know that Dr. Paul probably had a momentary regret at bringing up politicians’ pot-smoking college days, and with good reason. He’d not be eager to have an extended Q&A on that topic, I imagine. For a presidential run, he’ll hope to have his own wild past LEFT in the past and out of the view of the conservative base. It seems that President Obama (and that weasel, Bush) weren’t the only ones to “get lucky.”
In spite of his lenience towards marijuana smokers, Paul isn’t on a crusade to recruit more people into the doobie lifestyle, he says.
“There are people in jail for 37, 50, 45 years for nonviolent crimes and that’s a huge mistake,” Paul said. “Our prisons are full of non-violent criminals. I don’t want to encourage people to do it. I think even marijuana is a bad thing to do. I think it takes away your incentive to work and show up and do the things that you should be doing. I don’t think that it’s a good idea.”
It sounds to me as if he’s describing Congress.
“I don’t want to promote that but I also don’t want to put people in jail who make a mistake,” he added. “There are a lot of young people who do this and then later on in their twenties they grow up and get married and they quit doing things like this. I don’t want to put them in jail and ruin their lives.”
We do appreciate the senator for having compassion for young people who make mistakes. I think it’s mighty liberal of him to not want to see our prisons full of pot smokers. I agree. It would be really cool if that attitude would now cross right on over to other social issues.
You can watch his entire interview here:
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