Drugs - Heroin Action Figures & Mr. McCurry's Dilemma
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 96 00:36:04 -0700
Subject: Drugs - Heroin Action Figures & Mr. McCurry's Dilemma
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MR. McCURRY'S DILEMMA
Background: New drug czar Barry McCaffrey has proposed a kind of
"amnesty" for past drug users, whereby past drug use would no longer be
a disqualification for a government job (say, in the FBI for example).
Furthermore, Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry has recently admitted
that he smoked pot as a youth, as has Susan Molinari, prospective keynote
speaker at the Republican convention.
Charles Osgood commented on all this in "The Osgood File" on CBS Radio.
Here is what he said, as reported in the Washington Times National Weekly
Edition. I find it amusing, but if you don't, well, flames to /dev/null:
There are Democrats now and Republicans, too
Who did things in the past that they cannot undo.
As Barry McCaffrey acknowledges yet,
He says now is the time to forgive and forget.
This isn't a question that should be political.
But to young people now it might seem hypocritical
To be lectured on not using drugs at this stage
By someone who used drugs when he was their age.
A message youth might be inclined to ignore
Is "Don't do what I never do anymore."
What the youngster who hears that might possibly do
Is to figure that "someday I'll swear off drugs too."
But no need to be in too big of a hurry
I'll quit when I quit, just like Mr. McCurry.
For the unspoken message we're giving might be
"If you do what I did you might turn out like me."
Jeffrey L. Hayes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
© 1996 Peter Langston