Monday, February 2, 2009

This is your brain on drugs

Olympic swimmer and multi-medalist Michael Phelps went to a party. People at the party asked Michael Phelps if he wanted to smoke some weed. Michael Phelps said yes. Someone took a picture of Michael Phelps smoking weed and then sent it off to the newspapers.

Immediately, a shocking scandal erupted.

Now, Michael Phelps is going overboard saying that he's only 23 and is guilty of the bad judgment young people use.

But he's wrong.

Michael Phelps has totally blown a terrific opportunity to help steer the United States of America out of its Puritan "war on drugs" dark ages and into the 21st century. Instead of falling all over himself apologizing and groveling for forgiveness, he could have said, Yes, I smoke weed sometimes, like millions of other Americans do, and look, I'm still a wholesome super-athlete. But whoever took my photo at that party needs to apologize for being a slimy weasel and trying to turn a normal recreational habit into something shocking and terrible. The time for that is over; it's a new day.

Sadly, Michael Phelps threw that opportunity away, and instead we get one more public figure confessing his alleged "sins" and seeking atonement, when he hasn't done anything that half the "shocked" public hasn't done itself.

Move along, folks. There's nothing to see here.

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