Bill Maher points out Jeb Bush is a “cynical turd” and other politicians aren’t much better when it comes to enforcing a prohibition against marijuana.
In the Feb. 20 edition of HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher calls out politicians on their personal hypocrisy and moral failure when it comes to criminal penalties for non-violent drug use in general, and marijuana use in particular.
In the episode, Maher points out that every current presidential candidate has publicly admitted to smoking pot, including Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz. Maher goes on to point out that we can stop asking politicians questions concerning marijuana use, because the answer will almost invariably be “yes.”
Everyone from Bill Clinton to Newt Gingrich, Al Gore to Rick Santorum, John Kerry to Sarah Palin — they have all fessed up. Come on, when even Ted Cruz cops to it? That one surprised me, I must admit. I thought, ‘Who would get high with Ted Cruz?’
Maher called out Jeb Bush in particular for his cynical and unethical hypocrisy on marijuana:
When Jeb Bush was at prep school, he was apparently not just a pothead but a dealer. But he dismisses that by saying ‘Back then I was a cynical little turd at a cynical school.’ OK. But then when you became a governor of a state you insisted on mandatory sentences for drug crimes and a policy of jail only, no treatment for drug users. Except when it was your daughter. When you made an exception. Wow that sounds like something a cynical turd would do.
Mahr said that most politicians excuse their marijuana use by saying something like “I was young and stupid.” Maher points out that such an excuse fails to help many young people arrested for drug use, joking:
Kids, if you’re gonna experiment, make absolutely certain that beforehand, your parents are white and connected.
Indeed, drug enforcement has always been racist, and a tool for of oppression for those with racist tendencies. In fact, the war on drugs has been a defacto war on minority and disadvantaged Americans, a war that has decimated inner cities, promoted a deadly black market economy, and has exponentially increased the misery factor in many minority communities.
For many Americans the evidence is overwhelming: The war on drugs is an inhumane, ineffective exercise in futility. Incarceration of non-violent drug offenders is an expensive, counter productive wast of resources and lives. The time to end the war on drugs is now.
Maher concluded by asking Obama to pardon all those currently in prison for marijuana use, noting:
If Republicans can pardon people for armed insurrection, desertion and speaking Spanish, a Democrat can forgive us for getting high.
Maher is right. Prohibition does not work; prohibition is a historical and contemporary failure. Marijuana should be legalized, taxed and regulated for medical and recreational purposes. Drug use and abuse should be treated as a medical problem, rather than a criminal problem. The war on drugs is a war on Americans. It is time to end the assault on our friends and neighbors. It is time to free the weed.