Tuesday, February 22, 2005
At Three Way News, our opinion of Doug Wead, the Bush tape opportunist, doesn't depend on the politics of the target of his surreptitious taping. Secretly taping conversations with a friend is wrong whether your Linda Tripp trying to bring down a president, Doug Wead getting ready to pimp a book, or an amateur detective trying to figure out if your best girl is cheating on you. All such tapes and transcripts of tapes have to be viewed with extreme suspicion. A tape sounds real, but can be very misleading. If anyone hears Hammer's voice saying "I really liked the Dirty Sanchez part", who will know whether that's a reference to Dodgeball
or a quasi-fictional sex act? Well, Ms. Hammer, presumably, but only because she monitors the Netflix Queue as closely as Alabama Republicans
want to monitor our bedrooms
All that in mind, one passage is troubling:
"'I wouldn't answer the marijuana question. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried,' Bush purportedly says on the tape.
He added: 'But you got to understand, I want to be president. I want to lead. I want to set — Do you want your little kid say, 'Hey, Daddy, President Bush tried marijuana, I think I will?'"
In the tape, Bush mocks former Vice President Al Gore for admitting he smoked marijuana.
That's Bush in a nutshell. He wants to lead and won't let a little thing like honesty get in the way. Whether it's marijuana use, weapons of mass destruction, the cost of a Medicare prescription drug benefit, or the solvency of Social Security, Bush wants to lead without being shackled to the truth.
We've done nothing but lie to kids about drugs for thirty years. To the average 15 year old, any high school senior has a lot more credibility when it comes to drugs than any parent or teacher. The truth is, most Americans - Hammer included -- have smoked marijuana without regret. If it weren't illegal, millions of us would smoke from time to time, if only to find new levels of meaning in Road House and to make Chipotle taste even better. Big Sister Hammer's got a few years before she needs to know anything about drugs, but when she does have to make those decisions, she'll be armed with actual knowledge, not filled with Drug War propaganda.