CPAC: Fred Thompson, Other Cons Totally Cool with States Legalizing Pot, Gay Marriage


On the first day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the biggest annual gathering of right-leaning activists, Reason TV correspondent Kennedy talks with former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and other attendees about decentralizing power to the states.

Surprisingly, the attendees she talked with were on board with letting states decide issues such as drug legalization and gay marriage. 

"We ought to have the diversity that the states give us," said Thompson, who as an actor appeared for years on Law & Order and in a variety of movies. "We'll see what works out. I'd like to see how that situation out in Colorado [regarding pot legalization] works out, for example….Obamacare…has…reminded us once again how difficult it is and how inappropriate it is for the federal government to take on these massive enterprises."

About 3 minutes. Produced by Meredith Bragg.

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Along with Reason's Matt Welch, Kennedy co-hosts The Independents, which airs at 9:00 PM ET on Fox Business every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Check out the show's website for more info.

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  1. States don't take a dump without a plan, son.

  2. It should say "conservatives support 10th Amendment, even when states do something controversial." More at 11.

  3. The state violating individual rights is just as wrong as the feds violating individual rights. Historically, up until the 20th century at least, the feds led in defending the rights of individuals, and they fought state statutes that violated individual rights--they even fought a civil war upon states the violated individual rights.

    "F" states rights. The Feds should strike down these violations, rather and pussy-footing around and saying the states should have a right to violate or not violate individual rights. Conservatives (following the lead of George Will) ARE pandering as Michael Hihn above indicated.

  4. Fred Thompson always looks like he's got about 60 days left in him. But then after a year or so, he turns up again, still alive.

    1. His wife, Jeri, might explain both--why he looks completely worn out and why he keeps going on for more.

  5. Fred Thomson is an actor with zero depth to his views. For that matter why should anyone give rats ass about what goes on at CPAC anyway? I see no coloration between what's said (and applauded) at CPAC and what Republicans do in office.

    1. You mean they fucking lie in their platform? Holy Shit!

    2. I use to love him on Dukes of Hazzard.

    3. That's not what I remember. When he was running for president (however short that was), he was the only one willing to openly tell the people that tough times and tough decisions are coming and nobody is going to get their way entirely.

    4. Yeah, it's easy to buck the conventional trends of your party when you're no longer running for office. Right, Dick Cheney?

  6. Yay... So we'll discriminate against gay people and put marijuana smokers in jail using state rather than federal laws. Good job Kennedy! I thought you just sucked on MTV, but it see you suck at political analysis too-- ending up at fox. One wonders if you can tell the difference between federalism and libertarianism.

  7. Pot may seem like an inalienable right when you are stoned (anal sex might for that matter) but I would much rather let my city council decide that the a federal bureaucrat. We can more freely associate, man.

    1. It's a whole lot easier to have your voice heard at a city council meeting than on the floor of the US Congress.

      It's also infinitely easier to vote with your feet if things don't go your way.

  8. Thanks for the article.

    For more on the 8 million participant world Libertarian movement, see the non-partisan Libertarian International Organization.

  9. Oh, and who the fuck is named Kennedy? That's a terrible name, as just a first name. What the hell is wrong with her? Change your damned name. Kennedy is a last name, not a first name, and especially not a first name for a chick.

    I swear, people nowadays. It's as bad as "Josh" or "Brody" or "Kylie"

    1. Kinda late for that now. In case you stopped watching MTV after the early 90s, Kennedy made her name as one of the only Republican employees (certainly the only GOP veejay) at MTV during the Clinton years. Why change it now?

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