In a recent post to his syndicatd column, conservative pundit Bill O’Reilly asks the U.S. to please stop sending the wrong message about drug use. O’Reilly reminisces about the days of Just Say No and then goes off on a rant about the failures of other countries to stop drug use. Talk about people in glass houses! For many American children, drug use actually starts long before that first sip of beer, and the rates of youth drug use in the U.S. surpass use in most other industrialized nations. Given that, one has to wonder if O’Reilly himself is on drugs.
Here are the top three reasons why O’Reilly’s piece reads more like satire than social commentary.
1. The fallacy of a drug-free America. In his article, O’Reilly questions why we as Americans do not support a “Just Say No,” drug-free America mentality. Maybe it’s because human beings are wired to say “yes” occasionally. Famous sociologist Howard Becker wrote in The Outsiders that it is human nature to desire a change in perception. Young children spin in circles until they get dizzy, then they fall down in laughter, then they do it again. They are experiencing a change in perception, and it is something they enjoy and seek out. And let’s not forget that, for most people, their first psychedelic experience is in the chair at the dentist office. Mine was. I was 10 and it was amazing. The idea of a society completely devoid of a desire to alter consciousness goes against human nature as much as asking for a “sex-free America.”
– Read the entire article at AlterNet.