Pubdate: Sat, 25 Oct 2003
Source: State Journal-Register (IL)
Copyright: 2003 The State Journal-Register
Author: Larry A. Stevens
Bookmark: Rush Limbaugh


Dear Editor,

Rush Limbaugh's tragic descent into drug addiction is no cause for glee to 
this writer. It is cause for hope, however, that drug policy debate will 
ascend to the top tier of national discussion where it belongs.

Despite all the recent criticism of Limbaugh for his hypocritical anti-drug 
lecturing, it should be noted that in 15 years of daily broadcasts Rush has 
only ever made a handful of statements regarding drug policy. He could have 
banged the drug drum every day to the thrill of his listeners, but he 
rarely even drummed his fingers on the subject.

Before his admission of drug addiction, it could have been assumed that 
Rush's relative silence on drug policy was an acknowledgement of the 
glaring contradiction between his small-government, free-market rhetoric 
and the big-government, tax-and-spend drug war he supported. This is the 
real hypocrisy that Rush and his "dittoheads" must address.

I sincerely hope Rush can avoid incarceration unless it turns out that he 
actually wronged anybody but himself. Nobody deserves to be put behind bars 
for what they put into their bodies.

Larry A. Stevens

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