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Why are we not willing to let the indiscretions — whatever they may be — of George W. Bush pass without controversy? True, Bush has not handled the situation well at all — whether or not he ever tried cocaine. In fact, he has done one of the worst spin control jobs in recent memory on this one. But isn’t it time for the national media and the voting populous to recognize that we don’t live in a virtuous, righteous, moral society anymore (if we ever did?) Why is it okay for us to hypocritically hold our politicians to higher moral standards than everyone else. Our leaders are no longer World War II heroes who grew up in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, but rather the very same people who were overtaking college offices and staging draft riots in the 60s and 70s. Drugs are a part of our culture, like alcoholism and cigarettes. Ever hear of a politician condemned for smoking in front of his kids? Of course not, and you shouldn’t have to. Now let’s all realize the age we — and our politicians — live in and hold them to more reasonable standards so that they can stop worrying about that joint they smoked in college, and get back to important issues like . . .

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