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September 04, 2007

Ron Paul goes to the post office

Clerk: Good afternoon, sir. What can I help you with today?

"Dr. Paul": I'd like to mail out these letters of marque and reprisal.

Clerk: What's the zip code they're being sent to?

"Dr. Paul": There is no zip code. I'm sending them to Pakistan.

Clerk: Pakistan?

"Dr. Paul": Yes, Congress has the authority under the Constitution to issue letters of marque and reprisal to authorize private citizens to take action against person or property that would otherwise be considered piracy. I'm sending these to some individuals in Waziristan so they have our authority to capture Osama bin Laden.


"Dr. Paul": Because the President's authority in wartime is far more limited than this president believes.


"Dr. Paul": And we could have avoided much of the war since 9/11 if we'd just authorized a bunch of privateers to apprehend Mr. bin Laden.

Clerk: You're a member of Congress?

"Dr. Paul": Yes.

Clerk: You're entitled to send mail for free.

"Dr. Paul": It doesn't say that in the Constitution. All it says is that Congress has the power to establish post offices and post roads.


"Dr. Paul":

Clerk: You really are a one-trick pony.

(Video of Hugh Hewitt's interview, via Ace.) (Also here.)

UPDATE: Ron Paul chats with his cocker spaniel.