Monday, August 17, 2009

Moron Report #32: Tommy Benton

--Have a Twinkie but hold the brownies, Rep. Benton

Whenever a wingnut out of red stateland exhibits his/her sensitivity and dedication to democratic pluralism by saying things like gays are worse than Islamic terrorists, or calling supporters of socialized medicine Nazis, you know it is only a matter of time before the people who gave us the Ku Klux Klan would offer a solution to the problem of weed smokers. Enter Georgia State Representative Tommy Benton (representing some lovelorn South American Appalachian trail hikers in Jackson, Hall, and Barrow counties). Benton is not your run of the mill member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (imagine a liberal politician who was a member of the Sons of the Third Reich). Like the lynchers of old, Tommy views people he deems less worthy of life to be in need of canings and executions. Not pedophiles, child killers, or the garden variety wrongly convicted black man (although I am sure a person of Benton's character would see nothing wrong with killing them, either). The offenders worthy of beatings and death are none other than those evil doers who smoke weed.

Georgia Lawmaker Calls For Caning, Executing Marijuana Offenders
August 12th, 2009 By: Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

[Editor's note: This post is excerpted from this week's forthcoming NORML weekly media advisory. To have NORML's media advisories delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for NORML's free e-zine here.]

State Republican lawmaker Tommy Benton (31st House District) favors “caning” minor marijuana offenders and “executing” those who sell the drug, according to a recent correspondence sent by the representative to a constituent.

In a July 29, 2009 e-mail (which was voluntarily forwarded to the NORML office), Rep. Benton wrote: “Thanks for the email. We will have to agree to disagree on this and whether or not money is wasted (by mandating the state to prosecute minor marijuana offenders). I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana. I think we should go to caning for people caught using and maybe execute dealers. [emphasis NORML’s] That would solve the problem as well. That is what they do in Singapore and they don’t have a drug problem.”

Caning is a form of corporal punishment consisting of up to 24 violent lashes with a long rattan cane that has been soaked in water. The procedure inflicts intense pain and deep, bloody lacerations that can take several months to heal.

Rep. Benton followed up his remarks in a separate e-mail on August 11 (also forwarded to NORML) in which he threatened to turn over the names of citizens who disagreed with his political viewpoints to local law enforcement.

He wrote: “You and your cronies want it (marijuana) legalized so you can get a hit anytime without having to worry about getting arrested. I have forwarded your email to the Lowndes County sheriffs [sic] office so that they can be on the lookout for you. [emphasis NORML’s] Consider this my last correspondence on the the [sic] subject to you or anyone else who shares your similar “conservative views’.”

Benton was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2005.

Naturally, Benton sees nothing wrong if you grow, smoke, or use tobacco, the deadliest drug known to our species. I am sure he would even see our right to smoke and give people lung cancer as a practice of liberty of some kind, a freedom that kills thousands of unsuspecting socialist heathen, unaccustomed to the charms and hospitality of the representative's "culture" (that is, if one defined culture to include treason, slavery, and racism). Surely, this is also the same kind of conservative who thinks the government is our enemy and should get off our backs, on the condition that you are an overeating, white heterosexual Evangelical nicotine abuser, looking to rake in a few extra bucks. For everyone else, well, the state should only be too happy to put a needle in you and a stick on your back to show you how vital government action can be in promoting virtue.

I wonder what Mr. Benton thinks of his state's peanut company, who knowingly exported their tainted product and killed several people? Any law and order government intervention for them? Unsurprisingly, there is a lacking record of any expressed viewpoint from our esteemed representative on the matter. The slave mentality has never completely gone away in the American South, particularly among Southern whites who continue to believe in the 'lost cause', and nowhere is it more prevalent than in a man of such moral hypocrisy as Rep. Benton. These are the same folk who whine about concentration camps and government control at the thought of someone receiving health care at the expense of an entity that is not stuffing their campaign coffers, and yet the representative's thuggish response to a disagreement with NORML, other than advocating their beating and murder, is to threaten to snitch them out to local sheriffs (as if the rolling meter maids would have time to care about the law when sucking dry off the pocket books of errant motorists).

I have never understood how people like this could be so anti-government on guns and taxes, and yet transform into commissars out of 1930s when it comes time to command us how to pray (if at all), scrog, or what to roll. It just makes me want to sing that famous little ditty to Benton's ancestors, a popular Georgia tune in its day, which will hopefully be rekindled when he and his white brethren try to secede again.

Here is to hoping when our boys reach the representative's neck of the woods, they will give him that special Singaporean greeting. Who knows, if he is anything like his Republican colleagues in Congress, he may even enjoy it.

By the way, if you want to contact this week's moron and tell him what you think of his fondness for a foreign country's criminal code, here are his particulars. I am sure the kind assemblyman will want to hear from you (in between his invoking death for our Cheech and Chongs), particularly if you are from outside of the South, to which the proud Jefferson Davis admirer will certainly prefer being reminded about.

Contact Representative Benton at the Capitol

Room 501
Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334


Contact Representative Benton in the District

177 Martin Street

Jefferson, Georgia 30549

706.335.5519 - Office

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