Pubdate: Sun, 11 May 2003
Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI)
Copyright: 2003 Green Bay Press-Gazette
Author: Bruce Rideout


MADISON - Far be it for me to criticize an organization like the Rotary 
Club of Green Bay over its choice of speakers at their events. But when 
they invite Bill Bennett, whose record as U.S. Secretary of Education and 
drug czar hardly qualifies him as either patriotic or moral, I have to 
question their criteria.

At the helm of our largely failed and unconstitutional federal education 
department, he forced a rigid and harmful agenda on the children of 
America, which has made the United States the embarrassment of the world. 
And his gestapo approach to drug policy has made America a gulag populated 
with hundreds of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Not to be 
deterred, he managed to spread this barbarism to other nations.

And the Rotary Club invited him because of his lighthearted children's 
books of virtue and morality?

Maybe there will never be any hope for Bill Bennett as a real human being, 
but for the sake of the Green Bay residents who support the Rotary Club, 
there is still a chance to show the Bill Bennetts of the world that virtue 
and morality are earned, not won in a slot machine in Vegas.

Bruce Rideout
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