Ron Paul: Let’s repeal the War on Drugs – just like we repealed Prohibition

During a speech in support of the “Fair Sentencing ActRon Paul called for a repeal of the entire War on Drugs.

Date: 07/28/2010

Transcript

Ron Paul: Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this legislation; it’s called “The Fair Sentencing Act”. I’d like to rename it, though. I’d like to call it “The Slightly Fairer Re-Sentencing Act” because it really makes an attempt to correct a very, very serious problem in equal justice in our systems. And that effort, I think, we should all applaud. But I would have much preferred the HR3245; I was an original co-sponsor of that along with Congressman Scott. But I think this is a typical example of trying to fix a problem that we invited upon ourselves. In economics, I adhere to the position that once you want to do good in the economy, and with all the best motivations we do things and we create new problems and then we have to go back. If you get two new problems for every intervention, then you’re constantly writing laws. For social policy I believe the same thing. It was trying to improve social policy with crack cocaine. There was no malevolence on this. It was designed to help people, especially the minorities that were using crack cocaine over powder cocaine and they thought this was terrible. And it turned out that it backfired. It actually hurt minorities, it didn’t help them. And here we’re trying to correct this disparity. And it just, to me, confirms the fact that government management, whether it’s the economy or social policy, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

When this country decided it was very dangerous to drink alcohol, and we had to stop it, back in those days in the teens of the last century, they decided in order for the government to do this, they had to amend the Constitution. Can you imagine about anybody being concerned today about what we do here and say, “We have to amend the Constitution”? Oh no, we amended it, it was a bomb, it made alcohol much more dangerous. All the drug dealers sold the alcohol and the alcohol was more concentrated and it was less pure and people died. People woke up and they repealed it. This is what is going to have that happen someday. We need to repeal the war on drugs.

  • MrJsquared91

    CONGRESS IS A FRAUD!

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  • optimusmaximus

    The federal government needs to follow the Constitution again and let the States legislate drug laws.

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  • Bterms

    right on ron paul

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  • diogeneslaertius666

    Ron Paul… man i tell you what.

    Am I the only one who feels bad that we make him do all the work.

    What if everyone Ron Paul supporter ran for office, even at the local level, even a dog catcher ran and won?

    What if we could actually seat constitutionalists in every seat of power despite the systemic corruption of the very elections process…

    I know we have leaders, I believe in America, we will win, we will restore the republic and we will crush the NWO.

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  • JFMCK17

    I love his exit, full of rightious anger toward the rediculous notion of imprisoning people who have not harmed or even contributed to the harm of others. Ron Paul is REAL ya’ll, woo hoooo!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • diogeneslaertius666

    America, Destroyed by Design

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  • HerrSpieldose

    since the US ranks up there with China, N Korea, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia as king shit of jailing people… fair sentencing is a pipe dream…

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  • jdstorms

    Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  • charlie1der

    I heart Ron Paul.

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  • diogeneslaertius666

    The War on Drugs is a fundamental funding mechanism for the fifth estate, this was clearly exposed during iran-contra and yet, even as our southern border melts down into a drug cartel warzone, many persist in the delusion that drug use is a legal matter and not a health issue.

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  • xMurkNx

    Nicely said

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  • GunOwnerDan

    Ron Paul bringing some sense to congress!
    Prohibition can never work, doesn’t matter if it’s prohibition of drugs, guns, alcohol, or prostitution.

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  • iTellYouNoLie

    >:)
    you better run for 2012 Ron, even if just to do the same thing the 2008 race did, the message of freedom must be spread.

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  • Dewdaahman

    :::applause::: hear,hear..

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  • kensei85

    Ron Paul is the closest we’ve come to having a real president since JFK.

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  • trexx32

    the man

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  • MooseOfReason

    Individual liberty!

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  • begood88

    love the end.. lol

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  • HiPointMan

    great job way to tell the truth and try to wake up sleeping tard that still think weed is bad lol ciggs kill 500 thousand people a year and another 500k a year to people WHO DONT EVEN SMOKE VIA 2ND HAND ahh if they were really worried about people and thier health ciggs would be the 1st to go. they kill more people then ALL DRUGS COMBINED. yet people just watch the tv instead of doing research. great job ron keep fighting for peoples rights and common sense laws.

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  • imgdumpprep

    bold and honest.

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