Hypocritic Oath

So I just heard that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era directive that discourages local enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized pot.

Wait just a doggone minute. Now that California, the nation’s most populous state, has legalized marijuana for recreational use, Jeff Sessions, the avowed segregationist and states’ rights advocate, is pushing to have a federal law supercede a state law. Isn’t it he, along with many other conservatives and southerners, who has claimed that the Civil War was not fought over slavery, but was all about states’ rights?

And wasn’t it John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, who recently said about Robert E. Lee, that he was “an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state”? Kelly added that “150 years ago, fighting for one’s state was more important than supporting one’s country.”

Isn’t it interesting how the term “states’ rights” has become a convenient rallying cry used by conservatives in their opposition to federally mandated programs involving such areas as racial desegregation, same-sex marriage, abortion rights, and even Obamacare? Isn’t it states’ rights that is one of the main arguments to maintain the antiquated Electoral College?

“States’ rights” is the battle cry for the causes conservatives cherish. But when a state passes laws that they don’t agree with, they, like rats on a sinking ship, abandon the their beloved ststes’ rights mantra, claiming that federal law must be enforced. Such hypocrisy can be seen when it comes, for example, to sanctuary cities, environmental protections, and, now, to states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

What is going on? Does the Republican Party now require its congressional representatives to take a hypocritic oath when sworn in? Does Donald Trump demand hypocrisy in order to appoint anyone to his cabinet? Sadly, it seems so.

7 thoughts on “Hypocritic Oath

  1. Cheney Meaghan January 4, 2018 / 11:56 am

    On point with everything here, the hypocrisy is mind boggling. But like you said – if it’s something they want, they favor state’s rights, if it’s something they oppose, they fight against it. Disgusting. Is the entire Republican party filled with little baby boys now?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango January 4, 2018 / 12:16 pm

      I think it is…and they’re taking their lead from the big baby in the White House.


  2. Sight11 January 4, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    Federalism is the bedrock in a diversity rich State. Trampling it I’m afraid will not be good.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Marilyn Armstrong January 4, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    You know, I don’t think the FBI is going to send federal troops in to all the states where pot is legal to arrest us. I know it’s stupid what they are doing, but isn’t EVERYTHING they do stupid?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 4, 2018 / 7:42 pm

      Well, the feds could start raiding retail sellers and the customers who are in the stores or the growers. Knowing Sessions, that wouldn’t surprise me at all.


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