Libertarians, still not ready for prime time, or grown-up real-world lawmaking. Doktor Zoom at Wonkette reports:
New Hampshire state Rep. Mark Warden (R-Fuck This Guy), was one of four members of an NH House committee to vote in favor of reducing the penalty for some cases of simple assault from a misdemeanor to a “violation-level offense.” Speaking in support of the reduced penalty, Warden explained it’s merely a matter of accommodating different lifestyle choices, you know, to be considerate of the wife-beaters.
“Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships,” Warden said during a meeting held by the committee. “It’s a love-hate relationship. It’s very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her.”
He continued, “Is the solution to those kind of dysfunctional relationships going to be more government, another law? I tend to say no. People are always free to leave.”
Because, you know, free choice, right? Rep. Warden is a big-time libertarian who has proposed legalizing pot and has voted to broaden the state’s “stand your ground” law to allow people to shoot others wherever they feel threatened. So it makes sense that he doesn’t see why the state should protect people who are getting beaten by their spouses. After all, if women want protection, they could choose to get a gun and actually do something for themselves, right?…
Like it wasn’t embarrassing enough for us Massholes to live next to the “Live Free or Die Trying” state before the “activists” showed up. Why couldn’t the Yalie who invented the FSP just move to Idaho, like all the other paranoid social throwbacks with grand empire-building ambitions??