In 1999, 704,812 people in the United States were arrested for marijuana "crimes." * This was an increase of over 85% from the 380,399 arrested in 1993 **, Bill Clinton's first year in office. Many more were arrested for other drugs. Evidently, the era of big government is not over yet.
Numerous public leaders have admitted to smoking marijuana, like President Clinton, Vice President Gore, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
One question, if you will:
If Clinton, Gore, Gingrich and Thomas don't belong in jail, why do all those other people belong in jail?
If smoking marijuana kills your ambition, how do you explain Clinton, Gore, Gingrich and Thomas?
If sharing marijuana with a friend is a felony, why don't we feel the same way about Clinton, Gore, Gingrich and Thomas as we do about rapists, robbers and murderers?
US Court of Appeals Judge Douglas Ginsburg admitted smoking marijuana for years. All he was able to achieve during this time was to serve for several years as Professor at Harvard University. Imagine what a good job he could have gotten if he had not been smoking pot.
Charles Rogers admitted using cocaine almost daily while a college football player at University of South Carolina. All he was able to achieve at this time was winning the Heisman trophy. Imagine how well he would have done if he were drug-free.
* Source: Crime in the United States: 1999, FBI Uniform Crime Reports; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000.
** Source: Crime in the United States: 1993, FBI Uniform Crime Reports; Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1994.
GEORGE W. BUSH
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
GEORGE W. BUSH
George W. Bush, former Governor of Texas, and son of former President George H. W. Bush, won the election for President of the United States in a highly controversial election decided by a judicial ruling.
When asked whether he has been faithful to his wife, George W. Bush without hesitation declares he has never cheated. But during the 1994 Texas governor's race, when asked whether he had ever used illegal drugs, he brusquely told a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, "Maybe I did, maybe I didn't. . . . How I behaved as an irresponsible youth is irrelevant to this campaign. . . . What matters is how I behave as an adult." And when asked whether he had ever used cocaine or marijuana by the British paper "Scotland on Sunday," Bush said only "When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible." While careful not to admit drug use, Bush has admitted that the "irresponsible" period of his life lasted until his 40th birthday.
Bush also advises that parents lie to their own children about their experiences. "The question is, have you learned from your mistakes," he said. "The answer is yes. If I were you, I wouldn't tell your kids that you smoked pot unless you want them to smoke pot. I think it's important for leaders and parents not to send mixed signals. I don't want some kid saying, 'Well, Governor Bush tried it'."
Indeed. We certainly don't want the ordinary youth of America to think they can use the same drugs as the son of an important politician. That could lead to an avalanche of arrests, imprisonments, and careers cut short. And we certainly don't want youth to realize that Bush's drug use did not cause his brain to end up like an egg in a frying pan.
Any law enforcement officers out there? If so, I recommend you call in for questioning one George W. Bush. But watch out, he's a slippery one. He has already declared that when it comes to drugs, lying is the best policy. And watch what you ask him, because if you ask him the wrong question, it could be harmful to children.
See George W. Bush cartoon. Best on a fast connection.
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