posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 12:25 AM
The woman was Lisa Sliwa, a member of the Guardian Angels, a vigilante group that started in New York City. She was married to the group's founder at
the time, Curtis Sliwa. They went around the city and performed citizen's arrests on suspected criminals, and if there was a camera around, they had
their faces plastered in it. The talk show circuit had her and Curtis on every week it seemed. Her husband actually staged some citizen's arrests to
get publicity, but the statute of limitations on false arrests had run out so he avoided being charged.
Her main beef with Dr. Paul then was that she was from the streets and saw drug use at the individual level. She was fighting for the people that used
them, which was noble, but narrow in scope. Dr. Paul's argument was more far-sighted in that if the dealers can't sell drugs for more than users can
get them at a "drug store", the dealers will be out of business and drug-related crime overall will go down.
The drug users are just doing what they want with their own bodies, which she and too many others can't deal with. All these people can see is that
people are hurting themselves and someone has to Do Something About It. Granted, she could see first hand what was happening to the drug abusers, and
that colors one's opinion of the situation, but she couldn't see past that to see the big picture that Dr. Paul saw. He was (and still is)
advocating for more freedom and liberty, not to mention confidence that we know what's best for us.
Great stroll down memory lane, mnemeth. I remember seeing that when it aired. Boy I hated Morton Downey. I wanted to kick in the jewels every time he
opened his mouth!