What I am ranting about is the latest crazy-talk from Gov. Paul LePage (R). LePage wants to jail local political opponents!
He said Thursday that two leaders of a referendum on raising the minimum wage in Maine should be jailed, echoing comments by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about jailing his political rival.
Long before Trump splatted onto our national political windshield, Paul LePage was New England’s notable governor dunderhead. In a long, long list of stupid declarations he has called for the return of the guillotine; blamed illegal immigrants for a spike in hepatitis C, tuberculosis, and HIV; and challenged a newspaper reporter to duel.
But it seems with Donald Trump on the national scene, an “un-shackled” LePage may be reaching peak stupid. Only last week, before he called for jailing opponents, he suggested the US had descended into anarchy and that:
Said LePage: “…we need a Donald Trump to show some authoritarian power in our country and bring back the rule of law because we’ve had eight years of a president — he’s an autocrat.”
At some point does the ‘stupid’ become so common it is dangerous and toxic to democracy? The saying once was “As Maine goes, so goes the nation,” but we don’t have to follow.