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Annotated captions of Ron Paul on the Drug War and Capital Punishment in English

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Paul: I would like to believe that if we had a freer society, it would take care of Blacks and whites and everybody equally because we're all individuals.

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To me, that is so important. But if we had equal justice under the law, I think it would be a big improvement.

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If we had probably a repeal of most of the federal laws on drugs

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and the unfairness on how Blacks are treated with these drugs laws, it would be a tremendous improvement.

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Paul: A system designed to protect individual liberty will have no punishments for any group and no privileges.

kramerdsp 00:36

Today, I think inner-city folks and minorities are punished unfairly in the war on drugs.

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For instance, Blacks make up 14 percent of those who use drugs, yet 36 percent of those arrested are Blacks

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and it ends up that 63 percent of those who finally end up in prison are Blacks. This has to change.

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We don't have to have more courts and more prisons. We need to repeal the whole war on drugs. It isn't working.

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(Audience cheers and applause)

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We have already spent over $400 billion since the early 1970s, and it is wasted money.

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Prohibition didn't work. Prohibition on drugs doesn't work. So we need to come to our senses.

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And, absolutely, it's a disease. We don't treat alcoholics like this.

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This is a disease, and we should orient ourselves to this. That is one way you could have equal justice under the law.

kramerdsp 01:33

Suarez: Congressman Paul, support has gradually been slipping for the death penalty among all Americans.

kramerdsp 01:38

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports a large minority of whites still support capital punishment, while Blacks and Latinos do not.

kramerdsp 01:47

Now, I know this is mostly a state function, but the president does appoint appellate judges, and of course,

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the highest appellate judges in the land, the Supreme Court justices, who often review death penalty cases.

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Do you think the death penalty is carried out justly in the United States? And do you want to see it continued during your presidency?

kramerdsp 02:08

Paul: You know, over the years, I've held pretty rigid all my beliefs, but I've changed my opinion about the death penalty.

kramerdsp 02:16

For federal purposes, I no longer believe in the death penalty. I believe it has been issued unjustly.

kramerdsp 02:19

If you're rich, you get away with it; if you're poor and you're from the inner city, you're more likely to be prosecuted and convicted.

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Today, with the DNA evidence, there have been too many mistakes. So I am now opposed to the federal death penalty.