Hard-right conservatives love to talk about states’ rights and quote the 10th Amendment, which reads as follows: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Every single chance they get, out comes the 10th Amendment – when it comes to anything from the Affordable Care Act to even the Common Core States Standards Initiative. Yes, even setting a common educational standard for kids is an egregious act of overreach by the federal government which must be fought at all costs in their minds. After all, any time the federal government tells a state they can’t restrict the rights of someone to vote or that they can’t racially profile people, here comes every expert on the United States Constitution to talk on Fox News about activist judges and federal overreach.
So you’d think that when Colorado decides to do something as long overdue as legalizing marijuana, these same cheerleaders of states’ rights and minimal federal government would respect that decision, right? Wrong. Senator Ted Cruz criticized President Obama for not imprisoning people in Colorado for using cannabis because, while it is perfectly legal for adults over 21 there, it’s still illegal under federal law. Therefore, since it involves one of the three things the Tea Party seem to hates the most (sex, drugs and Obama), obviously the Department of Justice had better get to treading on the state of Colorado’s rights right away. Seriously, here’s what he had to say:
Cruz said the Obama administration should continue imprisoning people for using marijuana until federal law is changed.
“You can go to Congress, you can get a conversation, you could get Democrats and Republicans who would say, ‘We ought to change our drug policy in some way,’ and you could have a real conversation, you could have hearings, you could look at the problem, you could discuss commonsense changes that maybe should happen or shouldn’t happen. This president didn’t do that. He just said, ‘The laws say one thing’ — and mind you these are criminal laws, these are laws that say if you do ‘X, Y, and Z’ you will go to prison. The president announced, ‘No, you won’t.’” (Source)
Ah the GOP. The party of limited government – except when they want it all up in your ovaries, your bedroom and your local marijuana dispensary. You gotta love the hypocrisy.
At least we know Senator Cruz just alienated another segment of the voting public ahead of the 2016 election. It just never ceases to amaze me how blatantly hypocritical these “small government conservatives” can be when it suits them.
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