Friday, September 7, 2007

Why Ron Paul is Nuts

From Pillage Idiot

Ron Paul Goes to the Post Office

Clerk: Good afternoon, sir. What can I help you with today?

"Dr. Paul": I'd like to mail out these letters of marque and reprisal.

Clerk: What's the zip code they're being sent to?

"Dr. Paul": There is no zip code. I'm sending them to Pakistan.

Clerk: Pakistan?

"Dr. Paul": Yes, Congress has the authority under the Constitution to issue letters of marque and reprisal to authorize private citizens to take action against person or property that would otherwise be considered piracy. I'm sending these to some individuals in Waziristan so they have our authority to capture Osama bin Laden.


"Dr. Paul": Because the President's authority in wartime is far more limited than this president believes.


"Dr. Paul": And we could have avoided much of the war since 9/11 if we'd just authorized a bunch of privateers to apprehend Mr. bin Laden.

Clerk: You're a member of Congress?

"Dr. Paul": Yes.

Clerk: You're entitled to send mail for free.

"Dr. Paul": It doesn't say that in the Constitution. All it says is that Congress has the power to establish post offices and post roads.


"Dr. Paul":

Clerk: You really are a one-trick pony.

(Video of Hugh Hewitt's interview, via Ace.) (Also here.)


Anonymous said...

Wow. People are really starting to invest some time and resources into fighting Dr. Paul. Threatened by the 'wacko'?

Mark Newgent said...

No, not threatned at all, it was just a funny joke. Even if you are a Paul sycophant you have to admit that is funny.

KineticReaction said...

Actually, A Letter of Marque and Reprisal can only be given to citizens, not foreign nationals.

It's quite a powerful concept for limited, targetted warfare.

Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is the first candidate in my lifetime who understands what America truly stands (stood) for.