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House Republicans go against state rights, don't want to be re-elected

A map of the U.S. showing the states that have been raided despite state laws allowing use medically or that have decriminalized.
A map of the U.S. showing the states that have been raided despite state laws allowing use medically or that have decriminalized.
By Patmhickey (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

In a shocking turn of events Thursday House Republicans violated their principles and voted against state rights. Two-hundred-twenty-eight Republicans (and 5 Democrats) voted to pass H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 which gives congress the right to sue the President for choosing not to enforce a law. The reason for this bill is marijuana.

With twenty states plus the District of Columbia allowing medical marijuana dispensaries, and two of those states also allowing its recreational use, there is a necessity for the federal government to step back and allow reason to prevail. While President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have claimed they are doing just that, there has still been a lot of federal dollars wasted on raiding openly-operating, state-legal facilities. Really, this bill is unnecessary because Obama is already doing what these authoritarian Republicans want him to do. It's just that he's Obama, which means he's always wrong and they need to pass a bill to let him know just that.

According to the Washington Post the White House said that Obama would veto the legislation, and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-NV) called the measure “dead on arrival” in the Democratic-controlled Senate. No rational person would want to legislate away one of the oldest methods of legal evolution there is, anyway.

Falling into disuse is one of the main ways old laws die. Another way is to be overturned in court, but Republicans really don't like that either. They want our corporations free and our people subjugated.

The GOP really needs to hire someone to decide what is or isn't canon so they stop retconning their official stance on everything. A common battle-cry for the GOP is 'States Rights!' This bill completely opposes that ideology. This is a case where Obama's approach more closely aligns with Republican ideals than the House Republicans'. Though, to be fair, five of the Republicans that supported H.R. 4138 also supported H.R.1523: Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013, so some are more blatantly hypocritical than others.

Don Young (R-AK), Justin Amash (R-MI), Dan Benisheck (R-MI), Steve Stockman (R-TX), and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) are the congressmen who courageously signed their names to completely opposing pieces of legislation. These men bravely came forward and said that if Obama is doing something then he needs to stop, and if he stops then he needs to start again. Whatever he's doing, he must be wrong. The only ideology they follow is 'always be contrary.'

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