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My Congressman Has Been Arrested For Possession of Cocaine.

It was kept secret until he appeared in court today.

My Congressman, Trey Radel (R) was arrested on Oct. 29 in D.C. Charged with possession of cocaine.

He issued the standard apologies, prayer requests for his family and the opportunity to seek treatment. Blah blah blah, yadda yadda yadda, we've heard it all before ad infinitum.

Then he added this:

"In a statement, Radel said that he is an alcoholic who needs to get help after making an "extremely irresponsible choice."

Appearantly he is not the only one the made an irresponsible choice.

We had two "Liberty" candidates in our primary. I supported Byron Donalds in the primary. He lost.

I did vote for Radel in the general. I will now demand he resign.

I believe in personal liberty.

I believe he can put whatever he wants in his body.

I believe in personal responsibility as well.

I believe doing blow on the job is personally irresponsible.

Unbelievable. I am just sick over this.

Full Story: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/11/rep-trey-radel-arrested-on-cocaine-possession-charges-97075.html


Exercise Liberty...repeatedly if necessary.




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A little blow and your

A little blow and your completely sick over it?

Its not like he got caught with a dead girl or a live boy... c'mon, cut the guy some slack.. Maybe he had some mommy/daddy issues he was trying to work out...

My congresswoman is bisexual

We should get them together and get the party started!!! WOO HOO!!!

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... I actually kinda liked Vernon Parker, wish he had won. I'm from CD-6 with David Schweikert. I consider him to be almost as good as Amash on economic issues.

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Yep, Schweikert was mine as

Yep, Schweikert was mine as well before the redistricting.

Don't feel bad. I voted for

Don't feel bad. I voted for Nixon..

8ball

I find it offensive he did not seek you out to offer you a line. You paid for it.

He's lucky he's not poor and

He's lucky he's not poor and black because he'd be thrown in jail. He's just another Republican hypocrite.

Hypothetical question...

Many here who support ending the war-on-drugs are saying this congressman should be arrested, because he should be held to the standard which he has set. That is a logical, morally sound standpoint.

Couple things though...

Does this congressman support the war-on-drugs, or oppose it?
Would/should he still be criticized by libertarians, if he does oppose the drug-war?

Now for the bigger question...

If, hypothetically, someone on, let's say the DailyPaul decided to run for congressman, on the grounds that he/she was a medical marijuana/recreational marijuana user, and planned on continuing usage, whether illegal or legal?
Would you support that person's campaign?
If he/she was elected, and then arrested for using cannabis on the job, would you support him/her, or support the arrest &/or removal from office?

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Apparantly he's for drug laws

And drug testing of people receiving public money. It's kinda hard to maintain my, "he's exercising liberty" stance knowing he supports tough punishment for exactly what he was/is doing. What a jerk.

hmmm

Foud out today that the spouse of a co-worker taght this guy in elementary school here in Cincinnati....said he was.a.slimeball even then.

Isn't it unconstitutional

to arrest or detain a member of Congress?

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Anonymous
http://youtu.be/cjkvC9qr0cc

only on the house floor...

...

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Ok thanks for

clearing that up.

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Anonymous
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as the poster says, what he

as the poster says, what he puts in his own body is his own business, what i am seing is an official who would not blink at the chance to tell the average joe to follow the law as bible, then turn around and break said laws

Its not about the law in question, its about the governments employees respect for law.....and there are many federal laws that are illegal according to the natural law

Press release from Collier County Libertarians (Radels district)

The Libertarian Party of Collier County issues a statement on the Trey Radel fallout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2013
Naples, FL – The Libertarian Party of Collier County is extremely saddened to hear about the October arrest of Representative Trey Radel on a charge of possession of cocaine. We are happy to hear that Rep. Radel has said that he will be seeking treatment to help him through this trying time. We wish him the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

There is something that simply cannot be ignored or glossed over with this issue. It is the complete and utter hypocrisy that our elected officials continue to engage in over drug policy in our country. Even our three most recent presidents have openly admitted to using drugs during their youth. All the while, many young men and women in our country are sent to jail under the policies that our elected officials continue to put in place and fund with our tax dollars.

It was abhorrent to hear Representative Trey Radel come out against the legalization of medical marijuana in the 2012 Republican primary or for him to vote in favor of drug testing of food stamp recipients all the while struggling with his own alcoholism and drug abuse. Why do we continue to allow for a different set of standards for our elected officials compared to the rest of the American people?

The War on Drugs is an abysmal big government failure. It is a Republican and Democrat failure. Our country has spent roughly one and a half trillion dollars on the drug war since 1970 while our drug addiction rate has remained unchanged. In addition, 48% of those in U.S. prisons are there for drug crimes (and an overwhelming number of those are in prison for “crimes” of a non-violent nature). Even more alarming, drug policy is nowhere to be found in our U.S. Constitution.

If you’re a limited government constitutionalist, you know the power to wage the war on drugs is not an enumerated power of the federal government. If you’re a liberal, you know the war on drugs is a violation of our civil liberties. If you’re a pragmatist, you know the war on drugs simply is not working. We must accept this reality rather than continuing to throw money at a problem that cannot be fixed through government force while having our elected officials engage in completely hypocritical actions without consequence.

As individuals, we own our lives and it is our decision to make regarding what substances we ingest so long as we do not cause harm to another by violating their rights. This does not mean that using drugs is a good thing or that it should be encouraged, in fact, in most cases quite the opposite is true. However, the best way to reduce the usage of drugs in our country is not through a bloated, inefficient, failed government program. It’s through common sense, treatment and education through the marketplace of ideas.

We are a free people and as a free people we must learn to accept that others may do things we don’t agree with. As a free people, we must also accept personal responsibility for our own actions.

As Libertarians, we call for an immediate end to the War on Drugs and a pardoning of all non-violent drug offenders in the United States.

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Radel got...

One year of probation and a $250 fine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWx3g_Qe1hw

Anybody notice the resemblance?

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'I believe doing blow on the job is personally irresponsible.'

but drinking alcohol is ok?

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

when you say

"I believe doing blow on the job is personally irresponsible."
do you have any proof he was doing blow on the job?

even if he was it wouldn't really bother me as long as he did his job right, we are talking about congress here not brain surgery. granted, most of them act like they have had a lobotomy.

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agreed. who cares what he does on his own private time...

the problem is that it is illegal for everyone, anytime, period... and that needs to change.

but maybe if more politicians get held to the standards that they put on us like this, they'll start relaxing the standards?

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Politicians should never do stimulant drugs while on the job.

They all need to be on downers - preferably heroin or some sleep-enhancer, along with lots of alcohol.

Whatever it takes to keep them out of the way so America can get back to its job of running America.

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touche

lol

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LOL... ten bumps for you,

LOL... ten bumps for you, that was priceless :)

Individualism-
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
e.e. cummings

now how many heroin addicts do you know, exactly?

I know you're (half) joking but seriously, half of them probably are opiate addicts...
...they should just all smoke pot!

Heroin is the last thing you want anyone in any position of responsibility or trust to be on...

The physical dependency is incredibly powerful and completely overwhelms the addict. You will literally do anything to make sure you can get more and more, as you will need greater dosages if you wish to keep getting the high.

Always starts with the legally prescribed Percocet, vicodin, which leads to oxycontins, which eventually, inevitably becomes heroin. And the heroin business is a very grimy, dirty world..

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I've known a couple and you're right - they are shady...

and become more shady over time.

I just want to see more of this sort of thing:


http://youtu.be/YkHw9dcMfoI

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Radel

67% on Freedomworks:
http://congress.freedomworks.org/legislators/trey-radel

70% on New American:
http://www.thenewamerican.com/freedomindex/profile.php?id=R0...

We can do better. He is a RINO.

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He has nutritional deficiencies causing cravings and addictions.

Cocaine adjusts the dopamine levels in the brain with side effects.

The proper way is to provide the essential fatty acids (Omega-3) needed to produce the correct amount of neurotransmitters and add the other 88 proven essential nutrients.

Alcoholism is diabetes of the brain. If the brain can no longer consume sugar it will choose alcohol over starvation. Omega-3 makes insulin receptors.

Chromium and Vanadium were shown to remedy diabetes back in the mid 1960s. It was cured in livestock back in 1958.

It takes about 90 days to remedy both problems, if one gives up plant oils, fried foods, nitrites and nitrates.

The cravings and temptations will disappear.

Free includes debt-free!

SNAP and Obamacare will cure

SNAP and Obamacare will cure this guy! YEAHHHHHHHHH. Good reason to either make them all PISS IN CUPS or MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO MAKE US PISS IN CUPS, you know...cause it violates reason and the 4th.

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Sorry, can't support a liberteen view on this one.

I do get that there is a divide among libertarians on this. I would advocate that virtue would be our high watermark. The caucus that represents the liberty movement in congress is very careful about being above board and I really do respect this. As a leader they understand that their social habits will be highly scrutinized whether they like it or not.

Thomas Massie and Justin Amash wouldn't even drink beers at the bars with us during our student hang out. This is commendable and show of their discipline to advance an agenda.

Again I know some of you will disagree on tactics, right and wrong, so on and so forth but I have a lot of respect for those that can curb what many see as unhealthy habits while the try to do the good work. This is important to me when I decide to elect someone to represent what is the important work done within the political system. A vice is a terrible crutch and although I believe people should not be thrown in jail for their actions, I also believe that every job has a standard and a consequence for the way we conduct ourselves.

I understand if people do not want to be represented by someone who cannot control themselves while on the job.

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I also believe that every job has a standard and a consequence.



Simply put, it's unbecoming.

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un·be·com·ing adjective \ˌən-bi-ˈkə-miŋ\
: not attractive : not becoming

: not appropriate or acceptable for a person in a particular job or position

:  not becoming (an unbecoming dress); especially :  not according with the standards appropriate to one's position or condition of life (unbecoming conduct)

I strongly support personal Liberty.
I strongly support personal Responsibility.

It is a belief held by many,
that personal Liberty,
and personal Responsibility,
are inseparable.

Neither should hold sway above the other.
Rather they should be exercised simultaneously and equally.

Exercise Liberty and Responsibility.


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