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The Governor Lepetomane Congress



This weekend, Glenn Reynolds -- Instapundit -- reminded readers of a column he wrote for Fox News on July 25, 2002, about the War on Drugs being a prelude to the War on Terrorism, which had just begun. The column showed how dumb Biden can be.

He wrote, "Now Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., has introduced a bill (the Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002, cutely called the RAVE Act), also sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill. The bill would essentially write into the crackhouse statute the same approach already rejected by the district court in New Orleans.

"According to the Washington Post, 'When he introduced the bill in June, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said most raves are havens for illicit drugs,' and congressional findings submitted with the bill label as drug paraphernalia such rave mainstays as bottled water, chill rooms and glow sticks.'

"My three-year-old nephew is fond of bottled water and glow sticks, and usually needs a chill room. Presumably Biden regards him as a dangerous criminal."

Please note that today the sponsors are a former vice president who is the favorite to win his party's presidential nomination, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, the Senate president pro tempore, the former Senate president pro tempore, and when Democrats take the Senate, the future Senate president pro tempore.

In short, they were the best and the brightest in the Senate.

And they wanted to jail people who sold bottled water.

This ignorant proposal is the result of not knowing anything about a subject and being informed that Raves are bad because people use ecstasy. All I know about this drug is what I heard from Kim Kardashian  who said she got married the first time on ecstasy and made a porno film on ecstasy.

I agree with Instapundit's column. The War on Drugs gave us no confidence in the War on Terrorism.

But I do support drug laws because junkies screw up society. Since we legalized marijuana cities around the nation are becoming Needle Exchange slums. Pot is not a gateway drug? That's like saying cigarettes are OK because only 1 in 3 smokers gets lung cancer.

However, the federal government is going about the War on Drugs the wrong way. We attack supply rather than demand. The government now hands out hypodermic needles, but not glow sticks.

If we start arresting and jailing celebrities, watch the coolness level for drug abuse drop. Nancy Reagan's Just Say No campaign also worked. Revive it.

As for the War on Terrorism, invading Afghanistan and Iraq did not work. I blame Bush for the wars. He reacted as if 9/11 were Pearl Harbor. It was not. The British handled Irish terrorism in the 1970s well. We should have followed that.

Arresting KSM and killing Osama bin Laden, General مانی‎,  and other terrorist leaders did work, as did cutting off funding. I credit Bush, Obama and President Donald John Trump for doing the things that work.

This attempted War on Bottled Water in 2002 shows that Washington has a lot of power and even more ignorance. They are not stupid people but they sure act that way. When presented a problem that they are unfamiliar with, they listen to the Hedley Lamarrs on their staff, and act like Governor Lepetomane.

Remember Blazing Saddles? Presented with the problems of Rock Ridge, the governor said, "Holy underwear! Sheriff murdered! Innocent women and children blown to bits! We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately! Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!"

And what was the solution? They sent a black man to be the sheriff, which the town resented.

A better solution would have been to arrest Lamarr and go after the bad guys.

In the end, the sheriff went after Lamarr and the bad guys. That worked.

Reynolds wrote, "Not being a bureaucrat, I think the drug war is a terrible model. In fact, I think it's an argument against creating a Homeland Security bureaucracy at all. If we can't trust the government to tell a glow stick from a hypodermic needle, then I don't think we can trust it to tell the difference between an American and a terrorist."

TSA proved him right.

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