If you are a pothead or have people you love who smoke pot, Newt Gingrich wants to give you the death penalty.
Before we get into the meat of this discussion, let’s talk about facts and sources.
Over the weekend, Governor Gary Johnson reminded MSNBC viewers of Gingrich’s “Death Penalty Plan for Marijuana Smokers”.
Gary Johnson: “Newt Gingrich, in 1997, proposed the death penalty for marijuana — for possession of marijuana above a certain quantity of marijuana,” “And yet, he is among 100 million Americans who’ve smoked marijuana.”
Could this be true? Could a person think an American could actually forfit their life for possessing a mild drug like marijuana? We’re still in fact finding, non-opinion mode, so let’s see what the facts say. We’ll do this in an infographic that you can easily share and I will post a link to the specific bill after the graphic.
As Speaker of the House, Gingrich happily introduced the “Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.”
Now I am not one to condone the usage of illegal substances, but find it ironic that Newt Gingrich introduced legislation that would have given government officials the ability to seek the death penalty on potheads. I think everyone realizes what sort of political danger such a law would represent, but Gingrich, who smoked pot himself, wanted this law in place.
Now unless Gingrich is an emo and made this law as some weird Washington, DC politician-type’s way of crying Rosebud and wishing he had daddy’s attention, I’m going to say such legislation is grounds enough to stay away from this dangerous man.
Here’s a choice quote from Fox News, of all people to report negatively on this:
The bill would have required a “sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.” It would have applied to anyone convicted more than once of carrying 100 doses — or about two ounces — or marijuana across the border. Defendants would have had a window of 18 months to file their one and only appeal.
Gingrich appealed to the pathos of parents to justify his new killing scheme.
“If you import a commercial quantity of illegal drugs, it is because you have made the personal decision that you are prepared to get rich by destroying our children,”said Gingrich when criticized about the bill. “I have made the decision that I love our children enough that we will kill you if you do this.”
In some belief systems, all adulterers should be publically stoned to death. It’s common knowledge that adultery destroys the life of children in affected families. Let’s be happy that Obama doesn’t come out today and say “I have made the decision that I love our children enough that you we will kill you if you do this (commit adultery).” The fact that Gingrich thinks he is God over life and death is definitely scary.
Not to outdo himself, Gingrich continued to try to defend the bill.
Newt Gingrich: “The first time we execute 27 or 30 or 35 people at one time, and they go around Colombia and France and Thailand and Mexico, and they say, ‘Hi, would you like to carry some drugs into the U.S.?’ the price of carrying drugs will have gone up dramatically.”
When asked why he was a hypocrite and did drugs during his college days, Gingrich brushed it off and made sure to remind everyone Bill Clinton’s staff was known to do drugs. For his own drug trangressions, Gingrich stated: “That was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era.”
“See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral,” Gingrich told Wall Street Journal reporter Hilary Stout in 1996. “Now, it is illegal AND immoral. The law didn’t change, only the morality… That’s why you get to go to jail and I don’t.”
To round this all out, here’s a video with Gingrich. You are a fool if you vote for this psychotic, controlling, hypocritical, manipulative blood thirsty savage who should really be locked away and strapped down by law enforcement with the application of his own rhetoric.