The Reagans Speak Out On Drugs (satire)

In honor of his 100th birthday…

It’s a golden oldie…

Note: For those not familiar with this particular video, it’s a well-done edited comic mash-up of the Reagans’ talk about drugs that completely turns it around into a pro-drug Presidential talk.

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7 Responses to The Reagans Speak Out On Drugs (satire)

  1. The Ronald Wilson Reagan era drug war was, politically economically speaking, the flip side of the USDA’s market protectionism for that 20th century alliance of pharm and cigarettes:

  2. Ed Dunkle says:

    Hysterical! Thanks for posting this.

  3. DdC says:

    The Raygunz’ should be hung upside down on the steps of the Supreme Court the same as the Fascists before them… Right beside the Boosh Klan, Nexxon, Furd and Klintoon… With Anslinger, Hoover and McCarthy dangling in the background… The only thing bad about this Democracy stuff is when lowlifes like these sneak in…

    “I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.”
    ~ Ronald Reagan – Former President

    Dr. Heath/Tulane Study, 1974

    The Hype: Brain Damage and Dead Monkeys

    In 1974, California Governor Ronald Reagan was asked about decriminalizing marijuana. After producing the Heath/Tulane University study, the so-called “Great Communicator” proclaimed, “The most reliable scientific sources say permanent brain damage is one of the inevitable results of the use of marijuana.” (L.A. Times)

    The Facts: Suffocation of Research Animals

    In a criminal court, forensic evidence can be decisive. A fingerprint match or positive hair analysis can turn a questionable case into a slam-dunk conviction.

    Jurors often see forensics as infallible, and popular TV shows like CSI have added to the mystique. But how good is the science behind forensics?

    And how well do our crime labs operate?

    A joint investigation conducted by CNN Presents and the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals serious flaws in bullet evidence, hair analysis, DNA testing, and even fingerprinting.

    In some cases, those flaws have put innocent people in prison

    U.S. Lawmakers consider ‘Piss Tasting Grity Act’

    President Ronald Reagan, at the urging of then Vice President George Bush, appointed Carlton Turner as the White House Drug (czar) Advisor in 1981. Soon after Drugczar Carlton Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty. Just as G. Gordon Liddy went into high-tech corporate security after his disgrace, Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing. This kind of business denies the basic rights of privacy, self-incrimination (Fifth Amendment) rights, unreasonable search and seizure, and the presumption of innocence (until proven guilty). Submission to the humiliation of having your most private body parts and functions observed by a hired voyeur is now the test of eligibility for private employment, or to contract for a living wage.

    Marijuana Testing State Services Applicants: It’s Just Wrong!

    “Marijuana leads to homosexuality … and therefore to AIDS.”
    ~ Carlton Turner – Former Drug Czar (Reagan)

    In 1954, all of America watched avidly as the Senate held hearings for some of the people on the lists. The hearings were televised nationwide. Two future presidents were present at the hearings. Richard Nixon was a member of the The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and Ronald Reagan appeared as a friendly witness.

    “His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind . . . We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.”
    ~ Edward R. Murrow

    In addition to government blacklists, private organizations also printed blacklists of their own. One of the more prominent non-government blacklists was Red Channels, which published lists of names of individuals and organizations suspected of being communists.

    Ronald Reagan, Testimony Before the
    House Un-American Activities
    Committee (1947)

    To give you a sense of how these blacklists work, let’s look at the case of Nancy Reagan. In the early 1950s, Nancy Davis discovered her name was on one of the blacklists and she could not longer work as an actress. Nancy went to the President of the Screen Actors Guild, Ronald Reagan, and begged him to take her name of the list. Reagan got her name off the list, and he later married her.

    ….We have seen the character of private citizens and of Government employees virtually destroyed by public condemnation on the basis of gossip, distortion, hearsay, and deliberate untruths…..The spectacle is one we would expect in a totalitarian nation where the rights of the individual are crushed beneath the juggernaut of statism and oppression; it has no place in America where government exists to serve our people, not destroy them.”
    …………The Tydings Committee Report on McCarthy’s Charges(1950).

    Sen. Joseph McCarthy: Unrepentant Junkie 12/05/03

    Different researchers have found support for the proposition that McCarthy regularly used morphine, refused to quit and was eventually given an unlimited supply of the drug by the head of the federal government’s drug war. A good discussion of the evidence is presented in John C. McWilliams’ biography of Harry J. Anslinger, Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics from 1930-1962.

    Anslinger, whose FBN was the predecessor of the DEA, first publicized the allegation in his book “The Murderers,” published in 1961. Granted, any information from Anslinger must be taken with a grain of salt. He was a one-man propaganda machine whose influence on the drug war lives on today. When known facts didn’t fit his ideology, Anslinger ignored them or manufactured his own.

    But, his curious tale about a hardened morphine addict in the U.S. Congress has been confirmed by agents who worked under Anslinger, and the co-author of “The Murderers.”

    In his book, Anslinger details a confrontation with an unnamed congressman, after learning the congressman was a regular morphine user. It clearly wasn’t just any congressman.

    “He headed one of the most powerful committees of Congress. His decisions and statements helped to shape and direct the destiny of the United States and the free world,” wrote Anslinger, like McCarthy, a dedicated anti-communist.

    In Anslinger’s account, he approached the lawmaker and berated him, saying the morphine habit was a “grave threat to the country.” The lawmaker remained unmoved, replying that he would go to the street for drugs if Anslinger interfered with his supply.

    “And if it winds up in a public scandal and that should hurt this country, I wouldn’t care,” the legislator said, according to Anslinger.

    Anslinger reports relenting and offering the elected official all the drugs he needed, so long as the politician didn’t go to the street, thereby risking a greater scandal. Anslinger “thanked God for relieving me of my burden,” when the lawmaker died.

    After Anslinger’s own death, researchers interviewed Anslinger’s associates and pinpointed McCarthy as the likely identity of the unnamed politician.

    It is generally believed that alcoholism killed McCarthy. The official cause of death was acute hepatitis.

  4. DdC says:

    Raygunz legacy of Family Values, Patti and Michael…

    Patti Reagan
    Boy, it’d be a real disaster if Ronald Reagan, the extremely-conservative pillar of GOP values and the premier icon to Rush’s army of ditto-monkeys, had a daughter who would expose her breasts to the world just for money. I feel a lot better knowing she was raised better than that. I’m beginning to think Reagan might’ve been right about how to raise a family. Maybe there is something to this “family values” thing.

    Michael Reagan Rips Half-Brother Ron Over Book and Alzheimer’s Claim
    Michael ripped the excerpt from Ron’s book, “My Father at 100,” that appears in Sunday’s Parade magazine. Ron Jr. cites a 1989 post-presidential visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota after a riding accident. “Surgeons opening his skull to relieve pressure on the brain emerged from the operating room with the news that they had detected probable signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Further tests conducted the following year confirmed those suspicions.”

    Ron dates his suspicions about the disease to the 1984 re-election campaign. “I felt the first shivers of concern that something beyond mellowing was affecting my father” during the first debate against Democratic nominee Walter Mondale. “My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses. He looked tired and bewildered.” Ron Jr. also notes that by 1986 his father couldn’t remember the names of familiar canyons when flying over California, adding that doctors now know the disease can go unrecognized for some time. “The question, then, of whether my father suffered from the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s while in office more or less answers itself,” he writes.

  5. denmark says:

    Creative and enjoyable remake.
    The insanity of the drug war is well illustrated in this video.
    The ugliness of their prohibitionist thoughts are transparent.

  6. kaptinemo says:

    Every time I ever saw that woman on TV, I couldn’t help but notice the…unnatural shine…to her eyes. The kind I’d seen in the eyes of speed freaks.

    Given that several Administrations have had their own versions of the Kennedy Administration’s “Dr. Feelgood” on staff, perhaps Miz Nan-see was no stranger to ‘pep pills’.

    “Just say no” coming from someone sporting those overly luminous eyes was about as convincing as advice on sex from a Catholic priest…

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