Friday, July 08, 2005
Remember: If Rural White People Use It, It's Not A Bad Drug
I was reading NewsBlog today when this brought me up cold. Arrrgh. Even though the meth plague has been entrenched among America's rural residents for over two decades, it's only been within the last five years or so that it's been more than a blip on the national media's radar screen. Up until 2000, there were probably more articles on toad-licking -- a laughably minor fad of the 1980s and early '90s -- than on the burgeoning rural meth epidemic. But even now, as the plague reaches into America's cities and suburbs -- and its aged-beyond-their-time victims overwhelm the emergency rooms at rural hospitals -- the Bush Junta still mindlessly insists that cannabis is the nation's #1 drug-abuse problem. Why? I'm guessing it's because meth is the drug of choice with the Republican Party's rural base -- and because it benefits the balance sheets of the campaign contributors for people like Governor Jerry Kilgore (R-VA).
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