May 1, 2006
More Liberal "Nuance"
I was reading about Rush Limbaugh's not-guilty plea deal, and I stumbled across a perfect example of the nuanced, sophisticated, shades-of-gray liberal ability to discriminate between various similar but distinct situations:
Before his own problems became public, Limbaugh had often argued that drug crimes deserve punishment, once saying on his short-lived television show in 1995 that users "ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up."
The resolution of the case was applauded by Ethan Nadelmann, director of the nonprofit New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, which promotes treatment instead of incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders.
"Maybe this will soften up Rush Limbaugh a bit when he talks on the radio about the millions of other Americans who are suffering from drug problems," Nadelmann said.
In other words, Mr. Nadelmann, and presumably others on the left side of the aisle (including the Associated Press), literally see no distinction between a man who has severe back pain and accidentally gets addicted to prescription painkillers while trying to get back to normalcy -- and a junkie who gets addicted to cocaine or heroin just trying to get high and drop out of reality. No shades of gray there!
Yep, it's all just one big "drug crime" problem... and the Left hopes that, now that Rush Limbaugh had a problem with painkillers while trying to alleviate terrible pain, he will no longer call for criminal prosecutions of Columbian drug lords, meth-lab operators, crack dealers, and hopped-up speed freaks robbing liquor stores to pay for their next fix.
Perhaps old Rush has finally -- they hope -- grown in office!
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, May 1, 2006, at the time of 3:49 PM
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The following hissed in response by: nk
Well, you know, "Ceasar's wife" ... . Rush, Bill Bennett, they do ask for it.
The above hissed in response by: nk at May 1, 2006 7:44 PM
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