Thursday, June 16, 2005

A So So Day In Congress

On the good side, our congresscritters in DC voted to limit some parts of the PATRIOT Act yesterday. Probably doesn't go far enough but let's not look a gift horse in the mouth.

On the downside, a bill to get the Justice Department to stop prosecuting medical marijuana users and in support of states' medical marijuana laws got defeated by quite a large margin. Kudos to our very own Mike Thompson for voting for the bill and, in fact, being one of the co sponsors. Only something like 27 Republicans voted for the bill, which was to be expected but is still troubling. The Republicans sure have lost their claim to being the big supporters of state's rights. That's just the kind of thing that got me to leave the Republican Party back in '92. I've never looked back.

If only we had a majority of Libertarians in congress. Then we could have, both, put some limits on the PATRIOT Act AND passed the State's Rights To Medical Marijuana Act and had a good- good day in Congress. Maybe someday but probably not in my lifetime.


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