Sen. Rand Paul recently made news for putting a legislative hold on a bipartisan bill to ban a chemical used in synthetic drugs. He initially said the hold was due to his belief that this matter should be settled at the local and state level. Considering Rand Paul feels this way on 99 percent of all issues (except the constitutional amendment for the federal government to regulate the uterus and doctor visits of women, of course), this isn’t really surprising.
Paul also claimed a reason behind his hold is that banning the chemical would prevent it from being used in research. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says this claim is false.
So Paul has one philosophical reason for opposition, and one other reason where the factual basis is contested but would have some merit if it was true.
Of course, what’s missing from Paul’s argument is some completely insane, conspiratorial reason for blocking this legislation.
What’s that you say, Bowling Green Daily News?
In a four-page Dec. 14 letter to U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, obtained recently by the Daily News, Paul explains that one of the reasons he objects to three Senate bills dealing with synthetic drugs is that sending people to prison could lead to more people turning to the Islamic faith.
“The stigma of incarceration can make it practically impossible for many people to find work after they are finally released from prison,” Paul writes in his letter. “In addition, there has been much discussion in the Senate regarding combatting radical Islam. Notably, Islam is currently the fastest-growing religion among prisoners in the United States. Sending people – often young people – who may already come from broken homes and difficult family situations into a brutal prison environment is potentially a breeding ground for radicalization.”
Well isn’t this just wonderful? Rand Paul — seeing himself taking a beating in the press for coddling all of those seedy drug dealers who are going to turn your daughter into a dope smoking hippie (whether justified or not) — decides to fall back on the old reliable conservative boogeyman/crutch: THE MUSLIMS ARE COMING TO KILL US IF YOU DON’T DO WHAT I TELL YOU!
That’s right, Kentucky parents. You may think your kid getting high and listening to the rock and the roll music is horrific, but if they get sent to jail, once they get released they’ll come back to your house quoting the Koran with a bomb strapped to their chest. You don’t want that, do you? Well, do you?
Nice try, Rand, but I don’t think even your Kentucky base is going to fall for that one.
Looks like the Kentucky Democratic Party is piling on, saying that Paul is on a “quest to corner the market on ‘crazy and dangerous’”:
“Rand Paul says that he is helping to keep drugs on Kentucky’s streets because he wants to make sure criminals aren’t converting to Islam – you simply cannot make nonsense like this up,” said Dan Logsdon, Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party. “If he’s so worried about prisoners converting to Islam that he is willing to place the lives of Kentucky’s children at risk by allowing dangerous drugs on our streets, my advice to Senator Paul is that he just go ahead and make crime legal so we won’t have prisons any more. Rand Paul needs to regain whatever toehold he had on reality and realize that what he is doing is going to hurt Kentucky’s children in a very real way and he is going to have to live with that.”
“Sen. Paul seems to have forgotten that real people – sons, daughters, mothers and fathers – are going to get hurt every day these dangerous drugs stay on the street,” said Logsdon. “Kentuckians need to get through to Rand Paul that he was sent to Washington to be an advocate for the Commonwealth – not to conduct insanity-based political science experiments while more Kentucky children fall victim to drugs.”
Of course, Logsdon is simply appeasing the jihadist movement that wants to kill us because they hate our freedom. Nice try, Chamberlain.