Everyone’s favorite rabid Jacobin is at it again – perhaps encouraged by the bump upward in his Internet rankings (thanks entirely to me) – this time trashing the GOP primary frontrunner, Newt Gingrich. I can’t help but wonder if Dick Zuendt truly believes the crap he writes or if he does it because he knows that every time I administer a beat down, his rankings improve. Perhaps its both. Today’s foray into Jacobin Jackwagonry involves legislation proposed in 1996 by then Speaker of the House Speaker Newt Gingrich to address the issue of illegal drug importation.
Here is the summary of H.R. 4170:
Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996 – Amends the Controlled Substances Import and Export Act to direct the court to sentence a person convicted of bringing into the United States a proscribed quantity of a mixture or substance containing a controlled substance in an amount the Attorney General has determined is equal to 100 usual dosage amounts to life imprisonment without possibility of release (or, if the defendant has violated such provision on more than one occasion and if certain requirements under the Federal criminal code are met, to death). Makes conforming amendments to the code.
Now re-read the above paragraph. Note that the courts are directed to impose a life sentence in cases involving large quantities of controlled substances but are also given the authority to impose capital punishment IF “the defendant has violated such provision on more than one occasion and if certain requirements under the Federal criminal code are met.“
Now read Dick’s take on the bill:
So the NEWT wanted to execute anyone who brought into America, on more than one occasion. That sure sounds like a pretty stiff penalty. One has to wonder where the NEWT got the idea for this kind of penalty from. I have an idea, so here are seven places that have the same type of punishment for drug importers as the NEWT wanted.
Perhaps he meant to write “…the NEWT wanted to execute anyone who brought illegal drugs into America on more than one occasion.” Then again, perhaps not. Zuendt isn’t exactly renowned for either clarity of thought or copy editing – or even simple proofreading. But he is renowned for knee-jerk Jacobin stupidity and offers up another generous helping.
What Gingrich actually wanted was for the courts to make this determination, subject to the federal criminal code. That’s a far cry from the summary punishments meted out by kangaroo courts in third world dictatorships and for Zuendt to imply – in the absence of any proof – that Gingrich was inspired by these examples, is tantamount to libel. But then, libel is Zuendt’s stock in trade – as is cannibalizing fellow Republicans and conservatives. He just can’t help himself.
That’s our Dick…ever and always making the good an enemy of the perfect. No small wonder Movement Conservatism in New Jersey is in a shambles: with friends like this, conservatives and republicans have no need of enemies.