Sunday, October 12, 2003

Rush Limbaugh is a Drug Addict That Helps Terrorists

Rush Limbaugh has made a lot of money spewing hate, arrogance, lies and a mountain of incredibly irresponsible statements. As he recently confessed to being addicted to painkillers, it's very interesting to see what he once said about the subject of drug use:

"We're going to let you destroy your life. We're going to make it easy and then all of us who accept the responsibilities of life and don't destroy our lives on drugs, we'll pay for whatever messes you get into."
"I'm appalled at people who simply want to look at all this abhorrent behavior and say people are going to do drugs anyway let's legalize it. It's a dumb idea. It's a rotten idea and those who are for it are purely 100 percent selfish."
-- Rush Limbaugh show, Dec 9, 1993

"If (Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders) wants to legalize drugs, send the people who want to do drugs to London and Zurich, and let's be rid of them.
-- Rush Limbaugh show, Dec 9, 1993

"There's nothing good about drug use. We know it. It destroys individuals. It destroys families. Drug use destroys societies. Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them. And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up."
"What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use. Too many whites are getting away with drug sales. Too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too."
-- Rush Limbaugh show, Oct. 5, 1995

By now, youve probably seen the news stories about how Rush Limbaugh admitted to being addicted to pain-killers. The man who wanted to imprison drug users is now acknowledging that he is indeed a drug user.

Hypocrisy runs especially deep within the Republican right-wing circles. As Florida governor Jeb Bush called out for more jail time for non-violent drug offenders, his daughter got away with just a little bit of rehab for her misadventures. According to the book FORTUNATE SON by the late J. H. Hatfield, a 26 year old G.W. Bush got arrested in 1972 for cocaine possession, yet the entire incident was mysteriously removed from government records, thanks to some friends in the judicial system.

If you paid attention to the big ad campaign created by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, you'd hear the message that drug use supports terrorism. By acknowledging such statements, one could easily come up with the conclusion the Bush family has been supporting terrorism for years. (even without mentioning his long-term interests with the BinLaden family)

I think the idea that drug use being connected to terrorism is a complete fabrication, or at least the biggest demonstration of a hypocritical government policy.

Drug abuse is one of the hot topics that conservatives tend to latch onto, joining such controversial items as sexual morality, government ethics, and fiscal responsibility. Rhetoric and reality are often distant cousins in a Republican universe, and Rush Limbaugh has been caught with his pants down. His privates are exposed for all to see, and it's not a pretty picture.

Drug problems are not limited to any political parties, age groups, income bracket or racial groups. Drug problems are a problem in America, and we as a society must determine how to best deal with long term solutions. Our prisons are overcrowded, as mandatory minimum drug sentences are draining government resources, destroying families, and creating a lot of additional problems. America has the word's highest prison incarceration rate, and half of the people in jail are there because of drug related offenses.

The Republicans can use more representatives like Betty Ford, who practice true compassion when it comes to treating drug abuse, instead of poorly-conceived government policies.

While I generally don't agree with idea of imprisoning anyone for drug addiction, I would make an exception when it comes to the case of Rush Limbaugh. As Rush Limbaugh has used his very popular radio show to share his opinion on incarcerating drug users, I would like to see Rush experience this type of punishment, up close and personal. As America's youth has been fed the message that "drug use does contribute to terrorism," I think we need to send a very clear message.

It couldn't happen to a more appropriate spokesperson.

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WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY
http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/
http://www.mediacampaign.org/mg/television_archives.html

PRISON INCARCERATION INFORMATION
http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/0818/p02s01-usju.html
http://www.motherjones.com/prisons/
http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/08_18_03usincar.cfm

COMMON SENSE FOR DRUG POLICY
http://www.csdp.org/

DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE
http://www.drugpolicy.org/

DRUG REFORM COORDINATION NETWORK
http://stopthedrugwar.org/

FAMILIES AGAINST MANDATORY MINIMUMS
http://www.famm.org/

FORFEITURE ENDANGERS AMERICAN RIGHTS (F.E.A.R.)
http://www.fear.org/

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E.P. Sunday, October 12, 2003