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Boldly Going Nowhere

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Rush to Hypocrisy

Rush Limbaugh is a bombastic radio talk-show personality who has a particular philosophy about right and wrong in America, and isn't bashful about expressing his views to millions of listeners daily. According to the radio advertisement sound bites, in his own words, he is "on loan from God." Apparently, he speaks for the Almighty as well.

He continually blasts the liberal viewpoint (Democrats) for their narrow-minded notion that the citizens of this country must be nurtured from cradle to grave by an omnipresent government led by misguided social do-gooders, thereby creating a stranglehold on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He's very good at it and seems to make sense most of the time.

At the same time, he praises the conservative viewpoint (Republicans) for their open-minded notion that the citizens of this country must be supervised from cradle to grave by an almighty government led by moral law-and-order do-gooders, thereby protecting life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. He's very good at this, too, but doesn't seem to make much sense most of the time.

While he easily finds fault with the liberals, he is blind to the faults of the conservatives. There is plenty of blame to go around. Too much of either philosophy, whether it be social do-gooders or law-and-order do-gooders, puts a stranglehold on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Limbaugh has recently been subject to investigation by the state of Florida for being in possession of a large quantity of painkilling drugs he had obtained illegally. He readily admitted publicly to the offense and checked himself into a clinic to overcome what he called an addiction.

Ironically, Limbaugh had been an outspoken proponent of extremely severe punishment for drug offenders. He believed the treatment of drug criminals, both users and dealers, wasn't nearly harsh enough. Due to the outcry of law-and-order fanatics such as Limbaugh, the War on Drugs has become a national nightmare. * Violating the right against unreasonable searches and seizures. *Ignoring the right to privacy and due process. *Repressing the right to keep and bear arms. *Greatly increasing prison population. *Destroying innocent, productive lives. *Promoting violence and disrespect for the law. *Costing 40 billion tax dollars annually.

Florida, like many other states, has mandatory guidelines for sentencing drug offenders. Plea bargains are forbidden, and judges must follow the guidelines regardless of circumstances. Anyone in possession of certain amounts of drugs is considered to be a dealer, even if that person was never caught in the process of actually dealing drugs. The type and amount of drugs in Limbaugh's possession automatically classifies him as a drug dealer, mandatory by law, and the judge has no option to deviate from the legal dictates.

Limbaugh is now caught up in the oppressive trap he has helped create to snare millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens in this country. If he truly believes his own rhetoric, he should pack his toothbrush, march off to the nearest state prison and demand to be incarcerated for the next 25 years of his life.

But contrary to his stated beliefs, Limbaugh is not a criminal and most certainly not a drug dealer. He doesn't deserve to be punished and neither do the other 1.5 million U.S. citizens arrested for drug offenses this year.

A person's bloodstream is not government property. * * *