April 04, 2009
"get the stomach"
I don't know whether to title this post "why I am not a conservative, Part XXVI," but every once in a while I find myself so appalled with conservatism (Republicanism?) that I feel an overwhelming need to speak out and distance myself from, um, it? (From them?)
In this case, I'm not talking about the WorldNetDaily crowd, but Newt Gingrich, whose conservatism is as Republican as apple pie. Not merely content with advocating the continuation of the disastrous Drug War, he's now clamoring for stepped up enforcement -- along blatantly totalitarian lines. On the O'Reilly show the other night, he called for a "dramatically stronger anti-drug program" -- including Singapore-style drug testing of American citizens, and even opined that it's time that we "get the stomach" for executions!
O'Reilly: ...this is what they do in Singapore. If you're caught possessing drugs -- and that means drugs in your bloodstream, they have a little hair thing and they put it in there -- then you have to go to mandatory rehab. And they have centers where you go. Now, they have no drug problem in Singapore at all, number one, because they hang drug dealers -- they execute them. And number two, the market is very thin, because when they catch you using, you go away with a mandatory rehab. And you go to some rehab center, which they have, which the government has built.Sorry, but reading that, I don't have the stomach for Newt Gingrich. Sick as I am of President Obama, the idea of a guy like Gingrich as president fills me with fear and loathing.
Does he represent the future of conservatism? If so, then count me out.
It's looking like a tough time to be a libertarian.
posted by Eric on 04.04.09 at 07:54 PM
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