Super Stupid

Paul LePage Wants to Protect the Constitution by Violating it

Written by SK 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.