Skip to comments.Rand Paul: Bush and Obama 'lucky' not to be in jail for drug use
Posted on 03/24/2013 1:07:20 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush could have "conceivably been put in jail for their drug use, ruining their lives and impacting their getting elected to office.
"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, the Kentucky Republican said on Foxs Fox News Sunday.
"Actually, I think it would be the last three presidents, but who's counting?" host Chris Wallace said with a laugh, referring to former President Bill Clinton.
"There you go," Paul said.
"But he didn't inhale," Wallace quipped.
Paul said that he doesnt support people using marijuana but said he also doesnt necessarily support putting them in jail for extended periods of time.
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there’s a guy in federal jail for 40 years due to drug possession along with a ‘dangerous weapon’ (he had a gun on him when busted).
That is ridiculous.
Yeah, it’s a real shame Hussein wasn’t tossed in jail. Damn our luck.
Um, that argument doesn’t resonate much with me, considering I could easily done without both Bush and Obama having political careers.
I wasn’t aware that Bush admitted to anything.
So if you remove the gun he would be in jail for 40 years?
I think I’d have to know a lot more about the case and his history.
Please don’t resort to logic and truth with such an emotional issue! /sarc
There are dozens of these cases where they get 40, 50 years.. sometimes due to repeat offense or ‘having a dangerous weapon’. The judges have no discretion because of Congress and their federal minimum sentences:
What illegal drug did George Bush use? Rand Paul is going off the deep end if he is accusing GW of having used illegal drugs. GW was a drinker and alcohol isn’t illegal.
You are right, he also expressly denied using ‘hard drugs’ which, of course, means to many an admission of using other drugs. I’m afraid Rand has been reading some of his daddy’s propaganda sources.
Here you go.
Dude got 55 years!
Just the kind of psycho-babble I’d expect from the son of Ron Paul!
The infamous “Bush did cocaine because we think he did”.
For a rookie Senator, Paul may be letting his ego get out of hand, this was a stupid thing to claim about Bush, it was an ugly smear to promote drugs.
Sounds like Rand Paul is going the fair and balanced route which the Libs love.
Exactly what drug did Bush use?
I know a guy with 3 different marijuana possession arrests over a 30 year period. The 4th time it was manufacturing with intent to distribute and he still didn’t go to jail.
He says they don’t send him to jail because he’s a good source of money for the state.
He has admitted on Doug Wead’s tape to “trying” marijuana:
Bush refused to answer questions about past marijuana use. In a taped conversation with a friend, Bush said “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana question. You know why? ‘Cause I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”
He has admitted on tape to “trying” marijuana and refused to deny snorting cocaine.
Paul can’t help but show his Libertarian side. Nuttiness usually walks hand-in-hand with libertarian political leanings. I’m sure there are some level-headed libertarians, I just haven’t met one yet. It attracts some really whacked out people.
Neal Boortz is probably the notable exception.
“He’s falling for the fantasy that people are in jail for the drug use when the reality is that they end up in jail over other crimes with drugs being an associated crime.”
Perhaps a falicy many voters fall for as well. Maybe we should let this and all future reference pass?
In any-event the Federal government has no business making or enforcing laws against drugs except when those drugs are in the act of crossing an international or State line.
Even then it should be our States that do the bulk of the enforcing. The Federal constitution contains no authorization for such domestic laws.
Refused to deny.
There is a wobbly hook to hang your hat on.
So you think an automatic 55 year sentence is proportionate to his “crime” or do you agree with Rand that the judge should have discretion to cut that to say, 8 years?
He didn’t get 55 yrs for smoking a joint.
He admitted trying pot and refused to deny snorting coke before 1974. He was very specific about that.
He’s not wrong.
Oh, how lucky we are.
[Little irony and sarcasm there. Imagine an America with presidents who had not been on drugs.]
Correct... it is the associated crimes of drug use that get people locked up
Yet have I heard of anyone get arrested for flunking an employer drug test. Even the military sends a serviceman/ woman to rehab instead of jail
And, the way Rand has been going liberal in recent times, he would give Obama amnesty....
Yes the associated crime of having a firearm... and locked up for 55 years? Please. That’s ridiculous.
No, he's also a drug addled, packer-loving, baby-killer.
That and we aren’t talking about getting rid of sexual assault and harassment laws just because Clinton was president.
Rand is 100 percent correct once again.
Drugs are a part of Obama’s gay lifestyle, and the accusation that Bush did drugs is wishful thinking on the part of his enemies. Rand should distance himself from his daddy’s nonsense.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again I don’t give a rats tush how many of you PaulBOTS post snotty responses Rand Paul is as nuts as his father, and doesn’t qualify to be anywhere near that WH in a day, and age we the people need sane, as well as gutsy leadership.
The girlfriend's cousin and the cousin's boyfriend held large quantities of pot and other drugs for a dealer. Someone ripped them off and executed them both. My coworker's girlfriend missed being caught up in the action by minutes.
Flash forward 6 mos. the employer notifies us that we will be drug tested in 3 mos. On the day of his drug test Sean stands up and says "Been nice working with everyone, see ya later".
Apparently he smoked a lot of weed and wouldn't / couldn't quit for a few months in order to pass a drug test and keep his job even though he had a 6 month old son.
I guess that would depend if you felt that having an oz of pot, deserves jail time.
I do know people who have gone to jail over this issue, now was it long, no, always less than two months and most just got probation.
I have heard of Clinton and Obama using drugs but not Bush -what have I missed.
What is it people are smoking? Dubya had a drug problem? Really? All the time he was flying a Delta Dagger in the Nat. Guard?
President Bush took drugs? I don’t recall ever hearing that.
From what I’ve been told, the pot ban was only the result of some Democrat pol making it his main election point, something to carry him. Before that, it wasn’t even an issue.
Even if that story is true, “using” and “trying” are not the same thing. This story indicates that Rand Paul is not so different from his father, who is a nutcase.
Paul seems to have forgotten that Bill Clinton’s brother said he has a nose like a vacuum cleaner and hedged on the “did not inhale” comment about smoking pot.
Bring forth those who said they snorted coke with Boosh. You stand a better chance to find someone who went to college with Obammy and few if any character witnesses have stepped forward.
Rand Paul should pick his battles.
Ask Willie Nelson how minimum sentences work. He carries enough pot and mushrooms to be categorized as a dealer and he continually walks.
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