Pubdate: Thu, 26 Aug 1999
Date: 08/26/1999
Source: Washington Post (DC)
Author: Richard Prawdzienski
Note: Subjectline by MAP

Politicians and journalists coming to the defense of Texas Gov. George
W. Bush over rumors of his use of cocaine are telling us that a zone
of privacy should be respected and that the sins of youth should not
be a factor now.

If these arguments are valid for politicians, then they also should be
valid for all Americans. If drug use is a private issue, then
government should get out of controlling private decisions, and it
should clear criminal records when citizens reach a certain age.

Politicians are telling us that we did not dig into their personal
lives in the old days, and we should not be digging today. In the old
days, politicians garnered many special privileges for themselves that
made it easy for them to hide their past and be undetected hypocrites.

Do we want to go back?

Richard Prawdzienski,
Edmond, Okla.