Dont you love to see him squirm? my friend asked with a smile, as we sat
George W. Bush try to answer by not answering, a question about drug use.
Not really, I replied, as I turned off the TV. I mean, whose business is
Whose business? Why, its everybodys business, my friend said. Take Bill
was roundly criticized for smoking pot....
No, he was criticized for the wishy-washy way he admitted to it, I said.
That bit about
not inhaling. When Gore admitted to experimenting with pot as a kid, nobody
O.K. then, how about several hundred men and women in the Texas prison system
there for doing no more than Clinton and Texas Governor Bush did? Dont you
In the first place, we dont know whether Clinton and Bush ever did
Dont be naive. Jennifer Flowers is on the record that Clinton promised he
could get her as
much cocaine as she wanted. She said he did so much it made his head itch. As
if his slate was clean, dont you think he would say so, and put all this
Maybe hes being true to a principle.
That politics of personal destruction should not be tolerated.
There are bigger issues at stake, dude.
Equal justice under the law; personal liberty; whether we should be spending
billions for a
war on drugs that was lost before we started; whether all drug use is bad.
Did you see that
bit on the news about the late great Carl Sagan--you know, the Cosmos
scientist--BEEL-yuns and BEEL-yuns? His notes reveal that some of his most
theories came to him under the influence of marijuana. Heck, half the books
and music we
grew up on were influenced by drugs. The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan,
Elton John all....
Your point being?
That our government has engaged in massive denial--no pun intended--when it
drugs. Read Willie Nelsons autobiography some time. Theres a passage about
smoking pot with a friend in the Carter Administration while theyre sitting
on the White
House roof. Then theres the rumors about Hamilton Jordan.
So what? Were evolving as a nation. We had our experiment with drugs back
sixties and seventies and decided that, for the sake of the children....
Dont change the subject. It gets even worse when you move to the Reagan/Bush
Youre not about to say Reagan did drugs?
Its worse than that. Its pretty clear that some in the Reagan
Administration used drug
money from Central America to ransom those hostages in Iran.
Those were desperate times....
Meanwhile, Reagans own daughter wrote about recreational drug use. And going
few years, its come out that at least one of John Kennedys blonde bombshell
actively sought to buy LSD for Kennedy on the streets of LA. Who knows, maybe
under the influence when he thought up going to the moon or started the Peace
course, you know the psychedelic movement was started by college kids who
subjects of government drug experiments about 1960. Just read Tom Wolfes
book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Its all in there.
Why would government scientists do drug experiments on college kids?
They were looking for truth serum and emotional destabilizers to use against
Only they let a genie out of the bottle, and it changed everything. Fashion,
toward the environment. Ordinary people saw God in a daisy. Peace movements
everywhere. Even in the Soviet Union and places like Hungary.
Now wait a minute. Its well known Reagans strong stand against communism
Yeah, but that didnt happen in a vacuum. True story: I met a Russian
immigrant in Oak
Ridge a few years back. Hes dead now, but he was an air-conditioning expert
working, ironically, for Oak Ridge National Laboratories. I say ironically
out he had designed the latest cooling system for Lenins Tomb in Moscow. He
by the seventies almost nobody in Russias intelligentsia gave two cents for
dogma. He said they were all listening to Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club
American jazz fusion.
Youre nuts, I said.
Hey, I have an excuse. Im a child of the sixties.