By Gio DiFazio
New Hampshire, where the state motto is “Live Free or Die,” held a presidential rally this weekend at Manchester Community College. Combating the drug epidemic, mainly opiate-based substances, was the president’s main focus. In fact, Donnie T is calling for an increase in federal drug-law enforcement. Not only does he believe that harsher penalties take drugs off the streets, Trump wants to put in place a system that executes drug dealers.
“If we don’t get tough enough on the drug dealers, we are wasting our time,” he said. ”And that toughness includes the death penalty.”
Late last year Trump met with Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, in Manila for a second time. Duterte is famous for his reckless leadership and genocidal attitude towards the members of the drug world. According to The New York Times, he is accused of ordering thousands of extrajudicial killings against individuals that have associated with the drug trade, even bragging on record of carrying out killings by his own hands. It’s easy to understand how one ruthless tyrant can hold skewed beliefs such as this, but the really scary thing is that Duterte used these ideas to scare the country into electing him to lead it.
Trump has met twice with Rodrigo Duterte, and we can safely assume that Trump is like a sponge — hearing that some countries “have no drug problem” because of the death penalty is a wonderful fantasy for some. Singapore and the Philippines claim that their systematic execution of drug dealers keeps their countries clean. Not only is that a delusion, but that is a statement of how some leaders treat forgotten members of society.
Granted, Trump is speaking of the dealers and not the drug addicted users, but would killing a drug dealer be any different from putting him in jail? How? And when you do kill or incarcerate a drug dealer, how do you prevent more heroin from flooding the streets? You don’t.
The use of drugs flows throughout every social class and does not discriminate, nor does it cease.
Who knows if he is serious at this point, but seeing that radical people like Duterte even have the ability to influence Trump is very unsettling. Someone who has publicly boasted about murder is putting ideas into the head of the president, and the president likes them!
Again, no state is hit harder by the opiate crisis than the state of New Hampshire. Live Free or Die is perfectly fitting for a state the allows a public school to host a man who wants nonviolent criminals put to death.