Will Grigg's article on Friday about the woman arrested, abused, and humiliated in Alabama for purchasing Sudafed should make your blood boil--unless you are a conservative drug warrior. The Republicans in the House and Senate who voted for the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act, which makes criminals out of people who want Sudafed for their stuffy nose, and the Republican president who signed the bill (Bush), are despicable human beings despite all their talk about family values, less regulation, the Constitution, and limited government.
The Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act is title VII of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005. In the House, 207 out of 225 Republicans voted for the bill. Ron Paul, of course, voted no, and so did Walter Jones. In the Senate, every single Republican voted for the bill, including such great conservatives as Rick Santorum, John McCain, Richard Shelby, Mitch McConnell, and Jim DeMint. Itold you DeMint was a drug warrior. The Republican Party is never going to be taken over by libertarians and made the party of liberty and limited government. It is a party of police statists.
The question seemed harmless, as did the questioner, Sgt. Tim Soronen of the Demopolis, Alabama police department. Diane Avera, the 45-year-old grandmother from Meridian, Mississippi to whom that question was posed, couldn’t see any harm in answering it candidly.
"I came over to buy some Sudafed for our scuba diving trip this weekend, since we can’t buy it in Meridian anymore," Mrs. Avera explained.
Soronen asked Avera if she knew it was against the law to cross the state line to buy Sudafed.
"No, sir, I did not know," the startled woman replied.
"I need you to step out of the car," Soronen demanded.
"For what? I swear I didn’t know. What did I do?" Avera asked in alarm.
"You came to Demopolis to buy some Sudafed," came the curt response. "Step to the back of the truck."