After saying that drug dealers impregnate “young white” girls earlier this month, Governor Paul LePage, Republican of Maine, is back with another notion.
This time, LePage declared that he thinks drug dealers ought to be publicly beheaded.
Liberal magazine Mother Jones reported that LePage proferred his modest proposal during his weekly radio address on WVOM. “I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people who kill Mainers,” LePageexplained. “We should give them an injection of the stuff they sell.”
The conservative governor then reportedly had a suggestion for 21st century America: “What we ought to do is bring the guillotine back.”
The guillotine, of course, was the French execution method wherein a large, cutting piece of metal relied on gravity to descend downward, slicing off someone’s head. In fact, it was considered a more humane method of execution in the 18th century.
History.com explained that “Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin proposed that the French government adopt a gentler method of execution” and that “decapitation by a lightning-quick machine would be more humane and egalitarian than sword and axe beheadings, which were often botched.”
It first became operational there in France in 1792.
The device quickly became the controversial emblem of the notorious purges and sweeps of the French Revolution, killing thousands of “enemies” of the new state during the Reign of Terror.
This isn’t the first time LePage andpublic executions came up in the same story, according to the Bangor Daily News.
In June 2015, LePage was accused by a local businessman of suggesting publicly executingstate lawmakers.
Now,to be fair, LePage clarified his remarks made earlier this monthabout “young white” girls, saying he misspoke and meant to say “young Maine” girls and made the mistake because Maine is over 95 percent white.