October 10, 2003

My Rush Post

I admit I'm not surprised at the smug satisfaction so many are displaying at Rush Limbaugh's drug addiction, but I don't understand it. I could understand it if he say, tortured people, directed his minions to blow up women and children, if he was a rapist or a murderer. But he's none of those things. He's a guy with a radio show. I think Aaron Sorkin, for example, is a moron for some of the things he says about our President, but I didn't cheer the last time he was arrested for possession and sent to rehab -- again. Or take Barbara Streisand -- please! -- the woman is a loon, but if she were addicted to pills, I wouldn't feel any sort of joy in that.

The same people that love to tell stories about all the drugs they used in their youth will no doubt wag their fingers admonishingly at Rush. The same people who defend their favourite sports star for his peccadillos will also jump on the bandwagon. But Rush is only going to get prayers from me. I witnessed a former coworker and his struggle against a pain pill addiction, and it isn't pretty. It isn't something I'd wish on anyone.

I think this portion of his statement says a great deal:

"I am not making any excuses. You know, over the years athletes and celebrities have emerged from treatment centers to great fanfare and praise for conquering great demons. They are said to be great role models and examples for others. Well, I am no role model. I refuse to let anyone think I am doing something great here, when there are people you never hear about, who face long odds and never resort to such escapes. They are the role models. I am no victim and do not portray myself as such. I take full responsibility for my problem.

For more on the subject please go visit Rothy.

Update: Maripat has some very eloquent words.

Posted by Ithildin at October 10, 2003 5:27 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE