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Cocaine For Me, But Not For Thee

Gawker nails a cokehead Republican Congressman:

Trey Radel (R-Fla.), the freshman member of Congress arrested for cocaine possession late last month, backed a GOP plan to make food-stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they were drug-free and hence worthy of eating.

That debate culminated in Radel’s vote for a bill that would have authorized states to withhold food stamps from applicants who didn’t submit to a drug urinalysis.

Radel pleaded guilty this morning to cocaine possession.  Look, the merit of the proposal to drug-test food stamp recipients doesn’t stand or fall on the hypocrisy of members of Congress. But it does mean Radel is sleazy and should resign. If he expects poor people to avoid using drugs as a condition of getting help buying groceries, surely he believes that using drugs is a disqualifying condition for serving in Congress. Those to whom much is given, much is expected, and stuff.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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