:: 11.19.2003 ::
Rush on drug use, before he was outed:
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
Rush on drug use, after five weeks of rehab for an addiction to pain killers:
Probably the most educational and intense five weeks on myself that I have ever spent. I would have had no idea how to do this myself.... This is not something someone can do alone.
Many liberals are calling for a re-examination of our nation's drug laws in the wake of Rush's revelation - here's Matthew Briggs of the Drug Policy Alliance: "As long as no one else was harmed as a consequence of his drug use, Rush Limbaugh should not face incarceration or otherwise be punished for what he chose to put into his own body. Neither should any other American, regardless of class, age or race."
However, they're not alone; Neal Boorz weighs in on the issue:
Well, now it's your call – it's time to step forward. What do you want for Rush Limbaugh? If the stories are to be believed, he's been illegally purchasing prescription painkillers on the black market. Federal law says you go to jail for this for many years, with no possibility of parole. Are you now willing to stand by that law? If Rush Limbaugh – this man you and I admire so much – has actually done the things the media is so enjoying telling us about, do you want him to go to jail? No parole? Ahhhhh. Things look just a little different to you now, don't they?
:: Deb 12:27 PM :: permalink ::
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