Pubdate: Sun, 19 Oct 2003
Source: Columbian, The (WA)
Copyright: 2003 The Columbian Publishing Co.
Author: Rodger Stevens


The recent spectacle of Rush Limbaugh, one of the foremost critics of
liberal values, being "outed" as a drug abuser has been most
interesting. Should he be afforded the benefit of liberal leniency, or
should he face what he has advocated so vociferously for others?

A quote from Limbaugh's Oct. 5, 1995, show affords us a glimpse of
that advocacy:

"Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. 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."

Will Limbaugh suffer the same judgment he has heaped on others? I know
he has had physical pain to overcome, and that is truly regrettable,
but does that pain deserve more understanding than the pain some
endure because of social injustice or unrelenting economic pressure?
My guess is that it has more to do with who is in pain.

Rodger Stevens

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