As if things couldn't get any worse for the poor souls who thought the Republican party was actually the party of conservative values, in the space of 24 hours we get a gaggle of Republican congressfolk caught with prostitutes, and now, in a moment that warms me to the core, Rush Limbaugh arrested a second time for drug possession. As a point of context, here's an old bit of Limbaugh's about drug use:
- "There's nothing good about drug use. We know it. It destroys individuals. It destroys families. Drug use destroys societies. 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.
"What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use. Too many whites are getting away with drug sales. Too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too."
-- Rush Limbaugh show, Oct. 5, 1995
Goodness, I certainly hope Rush follows his own advice (otherwise, he's - gasp - a hypocrite), or maybe even comes to the realization that he was wrong, owns up to it, and uses his talk show for some good.
Since neither of these things happened the last time Rush dealt with a drug arrest, I'm not exactly holding my breath here.
However, perhaps this will be the impetus some conservatives need to realize that they party they have been supporting is not what it has sold itself as; it is the party of maniupation, the party of deception and lies, and the party of unadulterated greed.