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Rand Paul stays on message in reaction to tonight’s events

Says Rand:

“I think it is hard not to watch that video of him saying I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, and not be horrified by it. But I think there’s something bigger than just the individual circumstances. Obviously the individual circumstances are important. I think it is important to know that some politician put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes so they’ve driven cigarettes underground by making them so expensive. But then some politician had to say we want you arresting people for selling a loose cigarette. For someone to die over breaking that law, there is really no excuse for it. But I do blame the politician. We put our police in a difficult situation with bad laws.”

That’s right. The cop wouldn’t have had to strangle Eric Garner if it weren’t for his legal responsibility to enforce the cigarette tax.

This is prime material for all kinds of undesirable outcomes. Just associate any horrific and dehumanizing event with some nasty tax. 9/11? Airport fees. Financial collapse of 2008? Income taxes. Foreclosure crisis? Nice try, you lazy parasite.

Have at it.

You know, you would think that a statement like this would finally put an end to any presidential ambitions.  You would think but you would be wrong.

2 Responses

  1. The man is an idiot. So the police had to kill him because of the cigarette tax apparently.

  2. If cops kill a guy over a parking ticket, should we blame parking tickets? It’s remarkable stupidity.

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