Drinking and Drugs
Running for an elected office gets harder every day. Your entire life is on public display. I am quite sure that is has amplified over the centuries and decades just like secrets and privacy is becoming more difficult but that is the name of the game.
Michael Gove, a senior official in Britain, is running to replace Theresa May as the Conservative leader and Prime Minister. He admitted to taking drugs in his younger years, supposedly cocaine, and called it a mistake. Really? A mistake?
I know people who have never touched anything because the abuse of alcohol that runs in their family. They have witnessed first hand what addiction looks like and want to make sure that it never happens to them. I seriously applaud them as it is pretty damn hard to go to a party in college and choose to opt out of recreational activities. It takes courage that most do not have.
Call me crazy but I know less than a handful of people at my age who have not tried some type of recreational drug in college. Most of them all unwind at the end of the day with a drink. Then get into Gen X’ers and Millennials and the realization that cannabis will be legal across the globe sooner than later, most have taken a puff or two.
Do we really care if the politicians running for office have done drugs in their past? Took mushrooms? Did acid or MDMA? Or do we wonder why they didn’t? Did Michael Grove think about his future candidacy at 20? Doubtful. Will we see more politicians saying this or more just being honest about reality.
I’d like to younger people running like AOC. Whether you like her or not she is out spoken and asks a million questions vs spending time on the podium talking about herself. Refreshing at least. I am concerned about voting for someone who never partook. I could care less about what type of drug use people did in their youth if anything experimenting at that age is an added bonus in my book.