Maine Governor Paul LePage has a solution for, what he feels, is his state’s lax punishment of drug dealers: “What I think we ought to do is bring the guillotine back.”
Apparently, the recent proposal to jail drug traffickers for a minimum of four years wasn’t quite draconian enough for LePage, as he told WMOV, “We could have public executions and we could even have, you know, we could even have [guessing] which hole it falls in.” No further explanation was offered for that last part, but in the context, it would seem he was referring to executed person’s decapitated head.
LePage also called the ACLU the “worst organization in the State of Maine” for protecting the press and others who criticized him extensively this month for a rather astonishing comment made during a town hall meeting, which spoke volumes on his sudden call for a medieval death penalty:
“Now the traffickers . . . these guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys. They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, and they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue that we’ve got to deal with down the road. We’re going to make them very severe penalties.”
Though LePage insisted his words were distorted by the media and his comment was just a “slip-up,” the governor obviously maintains stereotypical views about who drug dealers might be — forgetting that the War on Drugs has made criminals of those who might only be attempting to help people treat any number of ills.
In an attempt to apologize and backtrack on the town hall comment, LePage insisted he “should have said Maine women” instead of white women, because “Maine is essentially all white” — but that mental slip occurred because “my brain was slower than my mouth.” Perhaps he was telling the truth, considering recent Census Bureau statistics show the state is 95 percent caucasian, as HuffPost pointed out.
Still, though such seemingly audacious statements might be explained away, advocating not just the death penalty, but the re-introduction of the guillotine for those who make transactions the State considers illegal is akin to how U.S. ally Saudi Arabia handles its criminals. In fact, the Saudi government has been caught red-handed dealing the very drugs for which it kills its citizens. Since the U.S. government is an infamous drug-pusher as well, how would LePage handle guilty State parties? Or, as the severely stratified criminal justice system evidences, would they be immune to this barbaric death? It’s doubtful.
If Governor LePage doesn’t get his draconian wish for the guillotine, he still offered another solution to handle dealers, since a four-year mandatory sentence simply isn’t “good enough.” He avidly stated, “We gotta go to 20 years. We gotta keep ‘em here until they die.”
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