Today, Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford made a few announcements.
He admitted he had smoked crack cocaine “about a year ago.”
He apologized profusely. He will not be resigning, and will be putting the past behind him.
Today, I am not going to talk about his blatant attempts to lie to the public; nor am I going to talk about the fact that he drinks copious amounts of alcohol or does drugs. Although it is certainly worth some discussion.
Instead, I want to talk about a single statement he made to the media:
Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago. I answered your question. You ask the question properly, I’ll answer it. Yes, I’ve made mistakes. All I can do now is apologize and move on.
Specifically, lets talk about the fact that doing drugs during a drunken stupor…doesn’t actually count, according to the Mayor.
What kind of precedent does this excuse set? I only assaulted my wife because I was in a drunken stupor. I only sexually assaulted this girl because I was in a drunken stupor. The only time I’ve used a gun is in a drunken stupor.
How many judges have heard the alcohol-excuse? Just today, I was reporting from the courts and a man was sentenced to 10 years in prison because he attempted to kill his wife—that day he had three shots of brandy, and eight beers. Should this be excused because he was in a drunken stupor?
If you’ve done drugs, than admit it. Don’t blame it on your alcoholism—because we all know it is just an excuse.