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May 21, 2009

Weird stuff happening today in Republicanville

by Stephen Gordon

This one isn’t too much of a shocker.  SC Governor Mark Sanford, who is often pretty good on most things (except for that little evolution thing, McCain endorsement, etc.), is taking Republicans in his own state to court.  Here’s the scoop:

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford is suing his own attorney general and accusing state legislators of breaking the law as he continues to block his state from receiving federal bailout cash aimed at struggling schools.

The Republican’s federal lawsuit, posted online Thursday, says requiring him to take the money would violate the state and federal constitutions.

It “would require his agreement to these onerous federal educational mandates and unsustainable spending commitments, would further burden South Carolina’s economy and substantially increase the state’s debt in the future and therefore is contrary to the welfare of the people of South Carolina,” the governor said in his court filing, which also asks the court to block the money from heading to the state until it rules.

The lawsuit says the governor is the highest executive authority in the state and asks the federal court to declare the Legislature violated the South Carolina Constitution by requiring him to request the money.

“This is about balance of power,” Sanford, also chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said during a morning news conference.

Now Cato reports that former Representative and prez wannabe Tom “The Mexican Slayer” Tancredo wants to legalize drugs.  You may think you’ve just dropped a few hits of acid after reading this one:

Admitting that it may be “political suicide” former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo said its time to consider legalizing drugs.

He spoke Wednesday to the Lincoln Club of Colorado, a Republican group that’s been active in the state for 90 years. It’s the first time Tancredo has spoken on the drug issue. He ran for president in 2008 on an anti-illegal immigration platform that has brought him passionate support and criticism.

Tancredo noted that he has never used drugs, but said the war has failed.

“I am convinced that what we are doing is not working,” he said.

Tancredo told the group that the country has spent billions of dollars capturing, prosecuting and jailing drug dealers and users, but has little to show for it.

“It is now easier for a kid to get drugs at most schools in America that it is booze,” he said.

What’s next?  Are Dick Cheney and John Yoo going to hit the public speaking circuit to rail against torture?

UPDATE: Here’s some Tancredo video on the topic, courtesy of Stoner Jesus.

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  • http://www.bigheadpress.com Scott Bieser

    Considering that the current shooting drug-war going on in Mexico is fueling calls for de-facto repeal of the Second Amendment, Tancredo may have figured out that we will soon have to choose between maintaining the drug war or retaining our right to keep and bear arms.

  • http://www.indytruth.org/ inDglass

    Constitutionally, Sanford is definitely in the right, and more states should follow South Carolina’s lead. The federal government does not have the authority to fund or regulate education beyond protecting students from discrimination. States should tell the feds to “stick it!” The feds fund 7% of education. Ditch the federally mandated standardized testing and you could make up a lot of that cost. Open up school choice like Washington D.C. had done and South Carolina is trying to do, and you can increase per-student funding in the public schools, while all students state-wide are getting a better quality education at a cheaper price.

    If Sanford loses this battle, my hope for change on this issue will probably be crushed. If he wins, I think you will see success in SC in the long run and more states will follow his lead.

  • http://www.libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com Eric Dondero

    And here’s an even weirder one:

    RON PAUL ONE OF ONLY TWO REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE TO VOTE FOR NANCY PELOSI YESTERDAY

    That’s right, Paul was joined by Walter Jones in voting against a Congressional investigation into Pelosi’s lies on Waterboarding and the CIA.

    Rack one up for all you Paul fans out there. You really gotta winner there. Probably the most hated Bitch in the world by libertarians, and Ron Paul, a supposed “libertarian” votes in favor of her.

  • http://www.libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com Eric Dondero

    The world turned upside down:

    Sarah Palin chided by libertarians, as “not really a libertarian” gave the Big ‘F’ You to Obama yesterday, by refusing to accept Stimulus money that would require Alaskans to adopt stringent building codes on buildings and private residences.

    Meanwhile, Ron Paul, who often gets praised as a “libertarian,” votes in favor of one of the most Authoritarian anti-Liberty bitches on the planet: Nancy Pelosi.

    And whose a “real libertarian”??? Run that by me again?

    Funny you don’t see any glaring headlines by my old pal Stephen here at Liberty Papers about Palin’s ‘F’ You to Obama.

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