turning the lens inward
Speaking of self-examination, another fine Ampersand post (via Sisyphus Shrugged) made me reflect on some less-than-kind remarks I'd made about accused drug offender Noelle Bush.
That's enough of this. If she really did have a rock of crack, Noelle Bush belongs in jail. She has blown any benefit of the doubt with this latest incident. And as this Salon article points out, the leniency Noelle Bush has already been shown is in marked contrast to many first-time drug offenders. The Constitution guarantees equal protection; it's time to stop coddling treatment for the well-connected.
Ampersand and Sisyphus both also react to the patent hypocrisy in Florida governor Jeb Bush's statement that Noelle's alleged posession of crack--a felony in Floriday--is a "private issue," but make a much more compassionate and compelling argument. Here's Sisyphus:
...if there's an honest bone in Jeb's body, he will stand up for a change in Florida's drug policies that will allow every addict the same chances his daughter has gotten. We know now what he genuinely believes is the best way of legally dealing with drug abuse. The only thing we don't know yet is if he wants what's best for his state and the people he governs.