In a tale of bitter irony (and massive hypocrisy), news has just surfaced that Republican Florida Representative Trey Radel was busted last month for cocaine possession. Why is this both ironic and hypocritical, you ask? Well, Rep. Radel was one of many House Republicans who voted for a bill that would allow states to require all recipients of welfare to be drug tested prior to receiving benefits.
And then there he was last month, busted for drug possession.
I absolutely support random drug testing for members of Congress. Hell, all public servants. If they want to force individuals who rely on government assistance to take drug tests, with the premise being that taxpayers shouldn’t pay for their drug habits, I say the same should go for them.
After all, they’re being paid far more by taxpayers than any single recipient of welfare is getting.
Because trust me, Mr. Radel is just one of many politicians who would be caught using some form of illegal substance if they were to be drug tested right now.
In a statement released by his office, Radel said the, “disease of alcoholism led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”
While I’m sympathetic to someone who suffers from addiction and wish that anyone who wants help gets it, I lack any empathy toward a man who pushed for drug testing individuals who sought welfare assistance while he was using illegal drugs.
Alcoholism and drug addiction weren’t the cause of that blatant hypocrisy. Him being an ignorant, judgmental prick is what led to him trying to hold people to standards he couldn’t even live by.
If found guilty, he faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
While I know this incident won’t lead to it happening, I really wish it would be a catalyst for drug testing all public servants. Because it’s absolutely hypocritical for these people to stand there claiming that taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for subsidizing the drug use of people on welfare, while these individuals (paid for by taxpayers) often fight against the random drug testing of those who hold public office.
My theory is, if these people have nothing to hide, why are they fighting random drug testing? Especially when many of the Republicans who oppose proposals that would require that they get drug tested are the ones pushing for the drug testing of welfare recipients.
But then I think we all know the answer to that question now, don’t we?