Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gov. Paul LaPage

According to the Portland Press Herald in a response to a question about trafficking heroin, and other drugs in his state, Maine’s Tea party Republican Governor Paul LePage claimed that people from outside the state were coming into to Maine with the intention of selling drugs.
Specifically, Governor LePage claimed at a town hall meeting on 1/6/16, that: "These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty.  They are coming from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home.  Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave."
After the comments sparked an uproar, his spokesman, Peter Steele insisted the governor hadn't been talking about race.  "Race is irrelevant.  What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers.  His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood too.  We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state."
Hillary Clinton's campaign called the comments “offensive” and "racist."  And added, that the remarks "try to cover up the very real epidemic of drug abuse facing people in his state and across the country."
LaPage’s offensive remarks also include: Jan. 14, 2011, in response to suggestions from NAACP members and others, that his decision not to attend ceremonies honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was part of a negative pattern.  Governor LePage told reporters: “tell them to kiss my butt.”
In September 2010, LePage told a crowd of fishermen that if Obama was re-elected: “As your governor, your going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page, saying: ‘Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell.”’

On Jan. 25th, Gov. LePage said his state is too easy on drug crimes, and suggested it should bring back the guillotine for serious offenders.


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