Penn Gillete vs Obama on Drugs
Imagine this scenario. A young man growing up in Hawaii. He's from a broken home at a time when that was still unusual. The world around him sees him as different from the grandparents that are raising him, and different from the vast majority of people he comes into contact with every day.
In a sort of rebellious phase, he turns to drug use. He smokes pot and "does a little blow" trying to get his mind off of high scool and the daily social situation that he finds himself in.
One day, for any number of reasons, his backpack is searched and the marijuana and cocaine are found by the local police. The young man goes to jail and straightens out. Still, when he finishes his time in jail he can't get into college due to his drug history. He begins a life filled with lowered expectations. He eventually turns back to drugs to help cope with the misery he finds himself in and his inability to change his fate. He passes away younger than he should have and he spends most of his life as a drain on the social system in and out of prison.
Now imagine that this same person is never initially busted for those drugs. He goes on to a good college and law school, has a good career and enters politics. Eventually, he becomes President of the United States.
Two completely different fates for the same person. In one case, the talent to become President is utilized to its fullest potential and in the other, it's completely wasted.
More often than not, the scenario of wasted talent is the one being played out in this country today. Young men and women of all races routinely see any hope of a normal future taken away for the same discretions the man now running the country gets to go on TV and discuss in an almost bragging format. The President is seen as hip and cool for doing the same drugs that colleges now use as the basis of refusing loans to students.
Not too long agao, Penn Gillete of Penn and Teller fame went on a rant on a local radio show discussing the President's hypocrisy when it comes to drugs. Although President Obama promised as a candidate to allow states to be more in control of their drug laws, since becoming President he has clamped down harder than any of the previous administrations. That Gillete video is shown below. Beware that the language us quite harsh.