Gary Johnson helps set the record straight on Gingrich

Ezra Klein in the Washington Post:

On Saturday’s edition of “Up With Chris Hayes,” Gary Johnson brought up an old Newt Gingrich idea I hadn’t heard before: Putting individuals who brought more than two ounces of marijuana into the United States to death. That sounded extreme, even for Gingrich. So I looked it up. And sure enough, there it is: “The Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.” What makes the bill even more amazing is that Gingrich himself is a confessed pot smoker.

Yep. Of course, we know that about ol’ Newt, but it’s good to get more of the populace aware of how ridiculously dangerous he is.

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21 Responses to Gary Johnson helps set the record straight on Gingrich

  1. Servetus says:

    dc might want to give us an estimated ranking of Gingrich’s Hare Scale number. Naturally, there are likely to be other dystopian fantasies churning through hell’s matrix and emerging from Newt’s frontal lobes and cognitive wiring. These may require new scales.

    Like those of Gingrich’s psych disorder category, he has no understanding of the consequences of his actions. It gets worse.

    The ongoing drama of Gingrich’s aspirations means he understands which buttons to press when it comes to racist drug policies. He won the South Carolina primary by pressing those same buttons.

    A somewhat corroded yet silvery lining in America’s toxic cloud of politics is that people such as Newt inevitably self-destruct, although not soon enough to stop them from victimizing a lot of people. This situation must change. There must be an easy and legitimate way to neutralize Newt, other than voting from the rooftops.

    • darkcycle says:

      I’ve seldom used the Hare Scale, it’s generally reserved for people with multiple convictions, or people with very strong indicators. Newt falls into the latter catagory.
      I worked about four fifths of my entire career with children, and children aren’t given the PCL-R (because they ALL score as psychopathic, prior to completed socialization). My guess is he’d score pretty high, but he’s functional, and as far as I know, not prone to violence.

      • Francis says:

        Oh, he’s very much prone to violence. He just delegates it.

        • darkcycle says:

          Real psychopaths take their violence straight, Francis. Violence is one of the personality traits that I spend a great deal of time trying to understand (for personal reasons, I have lived around violent people most of my life) . I will gleefully refer you and anyone interested to the critical (and mostly ignored) work of Lonnie Athens of Georgetown University and Seton Hall. There’s even a book about his work and life: “Why they Kill” by Richard Rhodes, it’s very readable.

        • Duncan20903 says:


          I’m not sure that I wouldn’t be willing to take up murder of certain prohibitionists were I not fearful of retribution from authority figures. But I’m certainly willing to have a two week trial period to find out for certain.

      • Windy says:

        I was under the impression that psychopaths who make it to adulthood without killing anyone tend to become politicians and lawyers. Can you back that up, dc?

  2. claygooding says:

    As more states vote on initiatives and medical marijuana laws the industrialists and corporations wanting to keep hemp prohibited are going to want someone like Newt in office to keep prohibition in place.

    I don’t see how Newt could win a foot race if he was the only one running,,so how did he win SC? It sure has my bull shit meter twitching.

    • Windy says:

      Yes, especially when he’s not on at least 2 State ballots, and will have a very difficult time amassing enough delegates to win the nomination without those 2 (or more?) States. Santorum is not on the ballot in at least 4 States, I found it unusual for both of them to be included in the NBC debate last night under those conditions. Someone(s) is trying extremely hard to keep those two losers (the neo-con newt and the theocrat Santorum) in the race. But to what end?

  3. claygooding says:

    Man,is Bayer kicking the doors down advertising their marijuana medicine!

    They have it going out in 384 articles around the world that they can make marijuana a medicine while the government arrests us for growing our own.

  4. strayan says:

    I await the day that calling for drug users to be executed for ‘possession’ is regarded with same universal contempt as calling for Jews to be executed for reading the Torah.

    I actually think it’s a good thing that Gingrich’s name is on this bill. Will come in handy when citing evidence in his trial.

  5. Hello:

    I have been telling people about Newt’s past pot use and his hypocrital, vicious criticism of present day pot users. Glad to see the quote. Keep the vigilance and communication.


    James Shields

  6. NothingToCelebrate says:

    One hundred years ago today, the war on drugs started in The Hague. On 23 January, 1912, twelve countries met to sign the first international agreement regulating the drug trade, the International Opium Convention. Little has changed in those hundred years; the United States still aggressively pursues a policy of prohibition while the Dutch still prefer to regulate drug use. ..

    .. One hundred years of bickering

    The diplomatic bickering about regulation versus prohibition which began with the 1912 convention negotiations has continued ever since. The United States walked out of a 1925 conference on the grounds that it wouldn’t be tough enough, and it wasn’t until 1961 that the US finally succeeded in pushing through a more prohibitive treaty. ..

    .. Ironically, as the Netherlands seems to be backpedaling on its liberal approach, a number of other countries are turning to policies which deal with drug-use as a public health and social welfare problem rather than a criminal one. And an increasingly loud chorus of voices from the scientific, political and social spheres are declaring that the war on drugs has been lost and it’s time zero-tolerance was traded in for tolerance-under-strict-conditions.

  7. Peter says:

    Here’s a link to some of Gingrich’s hypocritical comments on cannabis, including “See, when I smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral. 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.”

  8. Matthew Meyer says:

    The “law didn’t change, only the morality” quote appears to be apocryphal:

    • Peter says:

      apocryphal or not its in the ginrich mould of hypocrisy. what he does is justified, (have affairs) what others do is immoral. according to the beltway article he stopped smoking pot because he didnt like it. at which it presumably became “immoral”

      • claygooding says:

        My dollar is on Neutered Grinch couldn’t pass a hair burn now…
        If I was his dealer I would cut him off,,but he probably gets his from the closest DEA agent.

    • Maria says:

      Hah. And I should read all comments before posting…

  9. Duncan20903 says:

    Blowjobs are better than no jobs, LOL.

  10. Duncan20903 says:

    I had a horrid nightmare last night and had an evil demon with murder in his heart chasing me. Literally the very face of evil. Imagine my shock when I saw his picture on the Internet today. Don’t click through if you’re prone to barfing in disgust.

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