Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Bush Drug Dilemma 

Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Bush Drug Dilemma 
Posted by FoM on September 06, 1999 at 08:23:49 PT
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Source: The Detroit News 
NEW YORK -- Texas Gov. George W. Bush is "a rich man's son caught in a poor man's trap" on the subject of answering questions about whether he used illegal drugs in his younger days, Rev. Jesse Jackson said Sunday. 
Speaking with reporters after giving a sermon at a Manhattan church, Jackson said the Republican presidential candidate and Texas governor had failed to show leadership on the drug issue in a state whose "No. 1 growth economy ... is jails, based upon drugs."   Jackson claimed that 80 percent of a Texas prison population of 140,000 are under drug sentences, while Bush himself refuses to say whether he did or did not use narcotics in his youth.   "I say, free George Bush. And also a generation of youth trapped in that same trap, because above all we must not sacrifice equal protection under the law. And there is no category called 'youthful indiscretion' on cocaine," Jackson said.   "The fact is that drug policy is a President's business," Jackson said, adding that being "a rich man's son ... caught in a poor man's trap," had forced Bush to modify his own strict position on the drug issue.   During his sermon at Manhattan's interdenominational Riverside Church, Jackson also mentioned in passing that Bush had not attended or sent a representative to the funeral of James Byrd, the black man who was dragged to his death behind a truck by two avowed white supremacists in Jasper, Texas, last year.   Jackson criticized Bush for ignoring the Byrd funeral and not supporting hate crime legislation.   But Karen Hughes, Gov. Bush's spokeswoman in Austin, said Bush called Byrd's family to express his deepest sympathy "at what he called a barbaric act that would not be tolerated in Texas."   "Perhaps Rev. Jackson is unaware that Gov. Bush was respecting the wishes of the Byrd family and local officials in the community who had asked people not to attend (the funeral)," Hughes said.   "Texas has a hate crimes law which Gov. Bush signed tougher penalties for two years ago," she added.   By Richard Pyle / Associated Press  Monday, September 6, 1999 Copyright 1999, The Detroit NewsBush's Drug Past No Laughing Matter - 8/29/99
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Comment #10 posted by dna on August 16, 2000 at 03:27:01 PT:
The infallible Pope Bush [sic]
 England and Ireland abolished capital punishment due to the hanging of an innoccent man [James Hannratty] thirty five years ago. A recent DNA test clarified his innocence, TOO LATE. How many more must die to satiate the 'BUSH SYNDROME VOTE CATCHER. There IS only one Judge who 'knows' the guilt of humankind, It is not G.Bush, It is, whether he likes it or not, his maker. GOD.THE ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IF REQUIRED BY FAX. YOU MAY POST YOUR FAX NUMBER TO RECEIVE IT.   
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Comment #9 posted by ex-patriot on November 29, 1999 at 18:46:17 PT:
I believe that all Public Servents should be in the spotlight and under the utmost scrutiny by the American people! We have a Right to know exactky what our Public Servents have done in there past lives,as well as in todays society! Especially if it concerns decision making for America and it's People, who have a right to Control every move of it's government. Our government system has failed,,,many years ago through Bad politicians and otherwise!,,,,,,,,,,I would like to see a surprise drug testing of every Public Servent in America!,,,,,,,,,I'm sure without doubt,that most would fail and therefore be subject to dismisal and possible incarceration or action against them!,,,,,,,,,,Whats your thought?,,,,,,,,,,
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Comment #8 posted by Ben Wilson on November 21, 1999 at 10:21:20 PT:
George Bush Jr and past Drug Use
 With all due respect to Rev.Jackson I must disagree with his views on the drug question.I just watched an interview with Bush Jr this Sunday morning.I like his approach to the question of wether or not a candidate has used drugs in the past or not.In the first place I think that most,not all, of our politicians would be lying if they said that they never even tried at one time some drug or another.Especielly the ones who were young adults in the 60s.Bush was right when he said that if he admits that he did then it sends a bad message to our teenagers that since our Governor did it then its ok for us to.But if he says that he didnt then most people probably think that they have caught him in a lie and that looks bad too.I think he was saying that if one generation of our children would take us adults at heart when we say drugs and alchohol abuse will ruin your life then maybe the world would be a much better place in just 1 or 2 generations.But none of us at teenage years listened very well to our parents experiences and mistakes and they were hopeing that we would listen a little and try and learn from their mistakes instead of haveing to live them themselves and wasteing so many years that could have been productive and painless.So anyway,Im just saying that the mistakes we made as youngsters were learning experiences and if we learned by them then they shouldnt be held against us 20,30,40 years later.Our mistakes as youngsters could help us as adults to be stronger leaders and it doesnt bother me in the least wether George Bush Jr. used drugs 30 years ago or not.Thanx for the chance to share and I welcome any response to footdown   Sincerely,Ben Wilson
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Comment #7 posted by Achene on September 06, 1999 at 19:57:40 PT
Thank you George Bush Jr.
You know I personally don't care for George Bush Jr. but he sure has brought the drug debate to the front line. It's kind of funny though, George Bush Jr. is the only one not talking about it.Thank you George! And thank you Jesse for keeping a level head.Achene
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on September 06, 1999 at 13:35:01 PT:
You Got a Hallelujah!
I have always like Jesse Jackson. He has an open and understanding mind. If he keeps up the good work he might just wind up the Vice President of the United States. I know that with his compassion he would be very good for our country. I'll take Ventura or Johnson too! Anyone of these three would be great by me. Let's give Arianna Huffington a good job too! The drug war would be over in no time with these people all on the same side!Have a good day everyone!Peace, FoM!
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Comment #5 posted by Rainbow on September 06, 1999 at 10:29:10 PT:
Jesse is a practical kind of guy
Yes Jesse has always pointed to the inequalities of our nation. I respect him deeply as standing up for all who need a voice.The rich get richer and will discount Jesse (oh and yes the otehr jesse too). Jesse is a believer I think in the idea that truth is bettering that lie no matter how white the lie is.Rainbow
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Comment #4 posted by military officer guy on September 06, 1999 at 10:27:11 PT
we need more big names supporting the cause
this is a great step...a huge public name bringing up the issue that so many have already brought if this can just multiply and multiply, we'll have a chance...i can say too, amen jesse...
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Comment #3 posted by Doctor Dave on September 06, 1999 at 09:57:11 PT
Can I get a Hallelujah!
My vote in the 2000 Presidential election would be team Jesse: Jesse Ventura for President, Jesse Jackson for V.P.Docor Dave"A nation that makes war on huge numbers of its own people can never truly be free."
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on September 06, 1999 at 09:15:14 PT
I'l Second the Amen!
Yes Jesse Jackson is doing a fine job of bringing the truth about the drug war to the media's attention! Way To Go Jesse!
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Comment #1 posted by freedom fighter on September 06, 1999 at 08:33:49 PT
Amen Jesse
Never thought there would ever be an issue that we would find some common ground, but you are absolutely right. Keep up the good work!
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