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Jason Holliston
Monday, October 13, 2003  
Rush's Little Drug Problem

Unlike some people I know, I don't dislike Rush Limbaugh. I do listen to him sometimes, driving to work, during commercial breaks of other shows I like to listen to more on AM radio. Most of his takes I discard, though, as they seem to be hew the party line a little too much. Be that as it may, I find his predicament ironic, to say the least.

Rush definitely doesn't have too many libertarian leanings. I find the drug war wasteful, cruel, and incredibly damaging to this country, while he's supported it, the few times I've listened to him refer to it. Now he apparently finds himself on the other side of the fence -- the side of the addict and the abuser. Now what? He'll check himself into a month treatment (most people in his situation can't afford such a retreat) and apologize to his friends, family, and listeners. Here's the rub, though -- jail time? Now, we don't know nearly enough about the specifics of his case, and if it warrants jail time. But, if it does, will he use his extraordinary resources to try and "bail" himself out of this mess? The vast majority of people that are accused of drug crimes don't have his money and power to help themselves out.

Of course, there is a difference between someone addicted and illegally using prescription narcotics, and someone using heroin or cocaine, but in the big scheme of things, it's really a small one. It's still a person looking for an escape -- from physical pain or day-to-day doldrums. Will he still support this will war that's cost so much money and so many lives? Will he emerge a truly changed person, or wallow in hypocrisy?

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