Maine Governor Calls For Public Beheadings Of Drug Dealers

When last we checked in on Maine Governor Paul LePage, he was half-apologizing for some completely bizarre and definitely racist comments he made about “guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” who come to Maine to sell drugs and “half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave.”

If you thought he had perhaps learned his lesson and that that was the last wacky thing he would say out loud, in public, where people could hear him, you would be very wrong.

During his weekly radio address on WVOM, Gov. LePage decided to talk about drug trafficking again, this time suggesting that drug dealers be given the death penalty,

“I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people who kill Mainers. We should give them an injection of the stuff they sell.”

Now, the state of Maine abolished the death penalty in 1887 on the grounds that it was inhumane, but LePage wants to bring it back! With flair!

“What we ought to do is bring the guillotine back.”

WOW. Call me crazy but I am pretty sure that public executions are not the solution to Maine’s heroin problem. If anything, I’m pretty sure that public executions would deter people from supporting the death penalty–or make them crazy and drive them to self-medicate.

I will say this. I, personally, have a massive amount of fury and anger towards people who sell heroin. I recognize this as an irrational anger because dealers aren’t forcing people to do it against their will. If there was no demand, there wouldn’t need to be a supply. But I have lost people. I have seen lives of people I love destroyed–and I’ll bet you I have a lot more personal experience with this than Gov. LePage. But as much as it upsets me, I certainly do not think that executions, public or otherwise are the answer to this problem. Unfortunately, people who are addicted to heroin are going to get it one way or another–and going cold turkey is not a very healthy way to get off of it.

If Gov. LePage really cares about getting people off of heroin, and making sure people don’t die or get diseases from doing heroin, he should invest in addiction treatment, in methadone clinics, in ibogaine-related research and legalization and yes, in needle exchanges. He should work to make sure addiction is treated like a disease rather than a crime. He should talk to addiction counselors about what they think would be helpful. This wannabe cowboy shit is not helpful.

[Mother Jones]