Libertarian Jackass

"Life is short, but truth works far and lives long; let us speak truth." -- Schopenhauer

Friday, October 10, 2003

Rush Is No Role Model?

Rush announced today that "you know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life. So I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication." I think McCarthy was on to something:

"At the risk of sounding a bit Foucaldian, I think Rush wants to be punished. If he's both censured and perhaps even imprisoned for his crime it will only reinforce his beliefs about the evils of drugs and the benefits of the war against them. At the end of his ordeal, Rush would come out of jail (a nice, country club-like jail, no doubt, like the one seen in Casino -- or was it Goodfellas?) or out rehab as an even bigger drug warrior than he was before the scandal broke. He'll be a reformed man, a man who will be able to talk about the evils of drug abuse from personal experience. It's perfectly Oprahesque -- and really, hasn't there always been something Oprahesque about the equally doughy and emotive Rush? -- and perfectly suited to the sentimentality of the American public, and Limbaugh-listeners in particular."

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