Because for heaven’s sake we don’t want honesty in government officials. We want to keep that eggshell-thin facade of righteousness intact and not let any of the soft gooey truth to shoot out. Even though it often does with volcanic results.
I don’t care if Obama smoked weed. I actually prefer that he did. It gives him a bit more insight into what weed is and how dangerous it is or isn’t. It doesn’t matter what side a person falls on in regards to the smoking of weed, the person who has actually smoked it and experience its effects will always approach the subject with more knowledge than one who has not.
The best part of the story however, is when Mitt Romney enters the discussion and says:
“I think in order to leave the best possible example for our kids, we’re probably wisest not to talk about our own indiscretions in great detail,” Romney said.
This is what tends to upset me. When truth is shrouded and then regurgitated like a mother bird offering food to scaly chicks. Once people in power start coming up with reasons to disguise the truth for better of other unwilling groups, the system is set in motion and who knows when it will stop. We can’t tell you that for your own good. I’ll make vague references to my drug use for your own good. I’ll allude to coups I have arranged but won’t make it public for the sake of national security.
Steve Pasierb, president of Partnership for a Drug-Free America gets it right later in the article:
“The key is to be honest and to put it the context of saying I did this and it was a dumb choice,” Pasierb said. “Obama talked about how it wasn’t the right thing to do. When he got serious about his life, he left it behind. If he were to lie, I think most kids would know.”
Kids know when you lie. Citizens know when you lie.