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Friday, October 17, 2003
 
"America owes talk host Rush Limbaugh a debt of gratitude, Libertarians say"

WASHINGTON, DC -- The entire nation owes radio
broadcaster Rush Limbaugh a debt of gratitude,
Libertarians say, because his ordeal has exposed every
drug warrior in America as a rank hypocrite.

"One thing we don't hear from American politicians
very often is silence," said Joe Seehusen, Libertarian
Party executive director. "By refusing to criticize
Rush Limbaugh, every drug warrior has just been
exposed as a shameless, despicable hypocrite. And
that's good news, because the next time they do speak
up, there'll be no reason for anyone to listen."

The revelation that Limbaugh had become addicted to
painkillers -- drugs he is accused of procuring
illegally from his housekeeper -- has caused a media
sensation ever since the megastar's shocking, on-air
confession last week.

As the Limbaugh saga continues, here's an important
question for Americans to ask, Libertarians say: Why
are all the drug warriors suddenly so silent?

"Republican and Democratic politicians have written
laws that have condemned more than 400,000 Americans
to prison for committing the same 'crime' as Rush
Limbaugh," Seehusen pointed out. "If this pill-popping
pontificator deserves a get-out-of-jail-free card,
these drug warriors had better explain why."

Given their longstanding support for the Drug War,
it's fair to ask:

Why haven't President George Bush or his
tough-on-crime attorney general, John Ashcroft,
uttered a word criticizing Limbaugh's law-breaking?

Why aren't drug czar John P. Walters or his
predecessor, Barry McCaffrey, lambasting Limbaugh as a
menace to society and a threat to "our children?"

Why aren't federal DEA agents storming Limbaugh's $30
million Florida mansion in a frantic search for
criminal evidence?

Why haven't federal, state, and local police agencies
seized the celebrity's homes and luxury cars under
asset-forfeiture laws?

Finally, why aren't bloviating blabbermouths like
William Bennett publicly explaining how America would
be better off if Limbaugh were prosecuted, locked in a
steel cage and forced to abandon his wife, his
friends, and his career?

The answer is obvious, Seehusen said: "America's &&&&
warriors are shameless hypocrites who believe in one
standard of justice for ordinary Americans and another
for themselves, their families and their political
allies.

"That alone should completely discredit them."

But there's an even more disturbing possibility,
Seehusen said: that the people who are prosecuting the
Drug War don't even believe in its central premise --
which is that public safety requires that drug users
be jailed.

"The Bushes and Ashcrofts and McCaffreys of the world
may believe, correctly, that individuals fighting a
drug addiction deserve medical, not criminal
treatment," he said. "That would explain why they're
not demanding that Limbaugh be jailed.

"But if that's the case, these politicians have spent
decades tearing apart American families for their own
political gain. And that's an unforgivable crime."
 
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