Super Stupid

Paul LePage Wants to Protect the Constitution by Violating it

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Maine Governor Paul LePage is very upset because the state legislature voted to override his veto of legislation that raises the smoking age to 21.

LePage says the new legislation "subverts the United States Constitution" (it doesn't), so he's calling on them to pass more legislation that will explicitly violate the Constitution in response.

“If you don’t believe 18-year-olds are adults who can make their own decisions, then I hope you will support legislation that increases the voting age to 21 and prevents military service until a person turns 21.”

“If 18-year-olds are too young and can’t make the right decisions to buy cigarettes, then I don’t think they should be able to vote,” LePage told WVOM-FM. “And secondly, if they’re too young to buy cigarettes, then I think we ought to not send them to war until they are 21. So I am going to put up two bills and let them look at the hypocrisy and see how sensible that was.”

The 26th Amendment of the Constitution prohibits states from raising the voting age.

Each military service determines its own age requirements. States do not.

Paul LePage can "put up two bills" and watch the legislature erupt with laughter like I did when I first read this.

  • Christopher Foxx

    LePage is a joke. But (and I hate to write this) he does have a point about the variable age at which we consider someone an adult. I recall a button from the Vietnam era: “You can be called to fight and die at 18, but can’t drink.”

    Make it 18. Make it 21. Make it 19.2375. Just make it consistent.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Wherever the line is drawn, over that age, you’re an adult. Under that age, you aren’t and you don’t get treated as one, period. No more declaring juveniles adults for the sole purpose of locking them away for life.

  • Voting is not a health hazard, Paul.

  • Aynwrong

    The type of conservatives that want someone like LePage in office regard inconvenient facts like the two Ashby cited above as elitist and snooty. It’s why they voted for Trump. He says the things they think.

  • muselet

    The saddest thing about this sad excuse for a human being is that he thinks he’s presenting an irrefutable argument every time he opens his gob.

    He’s not.

    Mainers, I’m sorry you have to suffer the daily embarrassment of having Paul LePage as your governor, but you elected him (I say that as someone who suffered through the humiliation of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s time as governor).

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      Don’t feel too bad. I’m from New Jersey.

      • muselet

        My sympathies.

        –alopecia

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    • Christopher Foxx

      Mainers, I’m sorry you have to suffer the daily embarrassment of having Paul LePage as your governor…

      I’m absolutely not. Not a stitch of sympathy for Mainers because, as you say …”you elected him“.

      Like those in Kansas, they’re getting exactly what they asked for. And then, asked for AGAIN.

      • muselet

        In Mainers’ defense, there was a third-party candidate who split the anti-LePage vote. Both times. LePage won two elections with well under 40% of the votes cast.

        Kansas is a different case. Sort of like California and Schwarzenegger, Kansas suffers from a self-inflicted wound (the difference being the lege here in California had enough sane people to keep Der Gropinator from doing too much damage to anything but the state’s reputation).

        –alopecia

        • Christopher Foxx

          In Mainers’ defense, there was a third-party candidate who split the anti-LePage vote.

          That’s enough to make me pause and re-think, but didn’t end up changing my view. Especially for LePage’s re-election. If folks were dumb enough to vote for a third party candidate and thereby allow LePage to win then, again, it’s something they chose to bring on themselves.

          Face facts, folks. When it comes down to the general election, there are going to be only two viable candidates. And the ONLY thing voting for a third party candidate is going to do is strip votes away from the viable candidate that will best represent your views. Nader was NOT going to win, and voting for him wouldn’t send any message or accomplish anything other than stopping Gore from winning. Sanders was NOT going to win and voting for him wouldn’t send any message or accomplish anything other than stopping Clinton from winning.

          And Cutler was NOT going to win. But voting for him and voting for him wouldn’t send any message or accomplish anything other than stopping Michaud from winning and handing the state to LePage for another 4 years.

          Bemoan the two party system if you like, but it’s what we have. Play around with the primaries if you wish, but come General time it’s time to grow up, face reality, and not vote in a way that elects the person you disagree with most.

          • muselet

            Agreed.

            –alopecia