[W]ay back when William Bennett was the drug czar, he responded like so to a caller on the Larry King show who told him that he should "behead the damn drug dealers."Now this reminded me of one of my favorite scenes in the collected works of the greatest almost-sheriff of Pitkin Co., CO. I couldn't find my copy of the book, but I did dig up the screenplay for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:
"I mean what the caller suggests is morally plausible," he said. "Legally, it's difficult. But somebody selling drugs to a kid? Morally, I don't have any problem with that at all."
Bennett was right then, he's right now, and my guess is that most parents, upon finding out that someone was peddling drugs to their kid, would agree with him.
(whacks his fist
on the bar)
Hell, I really hate to hear this.
Because everything that happens in
California seems to get down our
way, sooner or later. Mostly
Atlanta. But that was back when
the goddamn bastards were peaceful.
All we had to do was to keep 'em
under surveillance. They didn't
roam around much... But now Jesus,
it seems nobody's safe.
(with a conspiratorial
You're going to need to take the
bull by the horns -- go to the mat
with this scum.
What do you mean by that?
You know what I mean. We've done
it before and we can damn well do
Cut their goddamn heads off. Every
one of them. That's what we're
doing in California.
Sure. It's all on the Q.T., but
everybody who matters is with us
all the way down the line.
We keep it quiet. It's not the
kind of thing you'd want to talk
about upstairs. Not with the press
Hell, no. We'd never hear the
goddamn end of it.
Dobermans don't talk.
Sometimes it's easier to just rip
out the backstraps.
They'll fight like hell if you try
to take the head without the dogs.
(muttering in a daze)
I don't think I should tell my wife
about this. She'd never understand.
You know how women are.