Rand Paul: If you ban synthetic drugs, prisons will turn into terrorist training camps

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.

***UPDATE***

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.

14 Comments

  1. Terri
    Posted February 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Of all the good, legitimate reasons to oppose the drug war, you’re gonna go with the racist one, eh, Paul? Stay classy.

  2. CalebTheGnome
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    @Terri – Since when is Islam a race? I find the rationale more than a bit sketchy, but I find the link to racism more than a bit sketchy as well. Anti-Islamism is often fueled by a bigoted or jingoistic mindset, but there is a difference between that and racism.

  3. Christine Chadwick
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    America is 5% of the world population yet we have 25% of the total world prison population in this country. Looking into the future, prisons are becoming for profit prisons and prisoners are cheap labor. Corporate America will now start to feed on this new labor source. I agree with Rand Paul, those who end up having no future because of our passion for criminalization and incarceration will turn to any community that welcomes them. Like his dad, he is wiser than most.

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    Senator Paul needs to realize what is at stake for our children. If he does not pass the bill our children who smoke snort or take it orally will be introduced to similar health symptoms as cocaine and methamphetamines. Under the INFLUENCE of these products you can have nose bleeds, elevated blood pressure extreme paranoia, delusions increased heart rate, hallucinations, disorientation, agitation, spasms, liver failure and violent episodes. Are you crazy anyone can walk in off the street and buy this garbage and ruin their lives. If there is something we can do to save our kids do it do it pass that bill and hurry up . Wake up America this is still America isn’t it .Ban synthetic drugs now and we will solve the prison terrorist training camps another day.. Do it because what goes around comes around and your kids Mr. Senator Rand Paul just might smoke it snort it or take it. Do the right thing we are watching to see if you do.. You do want our votes right???????

  8. Jorge
    Posted March 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    You know, Rand Paul seemed pretty crazy to me until I realized that the position you are advocating is that people should be thrown in jail for personal habits that harm no one but themselves. Additionally, your position assumes that we should ban a substance for everyone just to save a small subset of the population (children) from obtaining it. Finally, your position assumes that if we wave a magic legislative wand, we can make it too difficult for children to do drugs.

    That’s when I realized who the crazy one really was.

    What happened to the Democratic party? A Democrat denigrating a Republican senator for advocating a traditionally Democratic position is the height of partisanship. Attack the idea, not the party.

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