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Originally posted by 750Aero
A lot of people seem to be missing the point here. No body really cares whether President Bush ever smoked pot or not, the "Pot" is not the issue.
The first issue is Integrity.
The unfortunate fact is that politicians in general are severly lacking in integrity these days, and these are our leaders. If you show me a politician you will be showing me a liar.
When questioned about his DUI's he was evasive and or flat out lied about them. When questioned about past drug usage, he was evasive or flat out lied about it.
I don't really care if my president has done things they regret in the past, as long as what they did didn't effect others (then cover them up due to a powerful position or family) and when questioned about them they tell the truth about it. The only other thing I require of my president in a situation such as this is that he/she have grown past those issues and no longer persue them while in office.
The second issue is how people are trying to make it a non issue.
The best phrase is "So what, he smoked pot, big deal!"
When Bill Clinton was questioned about his "Pot" smoking he was fried up on a grill for it by the republican party. Granted his "I didn't inhale" was a very stupid response, but then he broke ground for other presidents to have used drugs. Before him no one would admit it whether they did or not, and there was never any evidence to show otherwise (at least not while they were in office). When he was caught with his pants down again he was fried up on a grill.
The Republican party is saying how dare this man tape then Governor Bush and betray the family trust. They are villifying him. At the same time Linda Trip was seen as a Hero by the Political right, even though she did the exact same thing. So if you catch the democrates you are a hero, if you catch the republicans you are a vile, evil person.
What I also think is funny about this whole thing, when put in the context of "Well, Bill Clinton discraced the office of the President by lying under oath or by having sexual relations in the oval office".
How is that worse than a president lying about the conditions for going to war? Once at war, and having hundereds, followed by thousands of soldiers dying, then changing the stories when those original conditions turn out to be false (especially when their was plenty of evidence showing that the weapons were not there).
In the end they both screwed up royally.
The Third issue is Morality.
President Bush ran under the "Moral" President. There is a distinct pattern of lying that is coming from the president and his advisors. The last I checked according to any religious organization, lying to this scale is what moral people don't do.
It also leads question to harder drug usage that has been brought up in the past. Harder drugs, especially when combined with his alcoholism can create serious mental and cognitive problems later in life. Remember he is the "Freaking President of the United States", don't you want a president that has full capacity of his cognitive abilitiy?
How did the standards of the office of the President of the United States become so low so quickly. Nobody expects anything more than an idiot as president any longer and those that would be excellent presidents will no longer run for office because they don't want to deal with what's in their closet.
It's a sad, sad state of affairs these days.
Originally posted by Intelearthling
I think he thinks that if was to answer this question straight out, he'd be bragging on things that a person shouldn't be bragging about.
What do you want him to say? "Yeah, I smoked the hemp and had a damned good time while I was doing it!"
[edit on 21/2/05 by Intelearthling]
Originally posted by jprophet420
my problem is he "refused to answer" the did you ever use coc aine question also.
Originally posted by ThatsJustWeird
Funny how we always complain about the government and/or government officials invading our privacy, but then we want to invade theirs. He did answer the questions of is he still drinking or doing drugs NOW and he's not......that's all that matters now.