Taken from The Huffington Post:
Rep. Major R. Owens: Rushing Away From Jail and Justice Rep. Major R. Owens
To raise his head again and live with honor among decent citizens Rush Limbaugh must take four steps to cleanse himself:
First, he must voluntarily ignore the deal negotiated by his lawyers and agree to spend at least a few months in jail. His sins may be forgiven but not without some penance.
Second, Rush must apologize for his gross misinterpretations of the maladies and weaknesses of humankind. He must commit himself to a mental and intellectual quest to understand the frailties of men and women as diagnosed by Jesus of Nazareth who counseled forgiveness seventy times seven times and even more than that if necessary. Rush must embrace the conclusion that other addicts like him deserve the opportunity to be rehabilitated through some form of treatment.
Third, Rush must dedicate his exceptional intellectual powers to a thorough public examination of the phenomenon of human addiction. Only Rush can lift the level of discussion to new heights without partisan and ideological posturing. The truth is that most addicts claim that they are seeking to combat some unbearable pain: aching back or joints; mental anguish; poverty without hope; childhood scars; etc. Under Limbaugh's leadership why not give ourselves a break and cover all of our known addictions: alcohol; tobacco; sex; food. Using his influence with his numerous powerful friends, Rush might facilitate the appointment of a Presidential Commission on Addiction. Perhaps the Commission could: more objectively examine the arguments for the medicinal use of marijuana; review the cruel and inhuman treatment which under the New York State Rockefeller drug laws has destroyed the lives of so many errant young people arrested with small quantities of illegal drugs; examine the foreign policy implications of coca production in South America and opium production in Afghanistan.
And finally, Rush should repudiate the hypocrisy of the 30,000-dollar fine to cover investigative costs since any high school sophomore can discern that investigation and litigation from 2003 to the present has cost several million dollars. Voluntarily, Rush should donate a compensatory several million dollars to addiction treatment programs and maybe a bit more to expose the evils of money laundering within the context of drug racketeering.
In conclusion, unlike his soul-mate former Secretary of Education William Bennett, Rush Limbaugh should make positive use of his addiction exposure. Despite his outrageous remarks about abortions which might reduce Black crime, Bennett, the gambling addict, will soon be forgotten by both the right and the left. For a brief moment Limbaugh has an opportunity to follow in the hallowed footsteps of the Apostle Paul. The fanatic persecutor of addicts could become a great crusader for the salvation of addicts.
"brew your own beer; kick in your tv; kill your own beef; build your own cabin and piss off the front porch whenever you bloody well feel like it." - Edward Abbey