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Limbaugh paddles up the river without a painkiller

Victor Garcia

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“Too many whites are getting away with drug use. The answer is … to find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them, and send them up the river.”

That’s what political commentator Rush Limbaugh said in 1995 on his radio show, according to Newsweek.

Now that he’s been caught abusing drugs, he should receive the maximum penalty allowed by Florida law.

He has admitted on his radio show that the allegations are true.

The National Enquirer reported from information they had obtained from his former housekeeper, including e-mails, that he had purchased more than 30,000 hydrocodone, Lorcet and OxyContin pills.

The Enquirer report shows e-mails that Limbaugh and his former housekeeper had sent each other.

She writes, “I will grab all of them for you. And about how many big blues (code for the painkiller hydrocodone) for your departure and how many for today aside from the others?” The article says that “Rush e-mailed back a huge order.” In his reply he said, “400 today, keeping 100 in reserve. Another 3-400 for departure if the small blues come through.”

Limbaugh is now being treated in a recovery facility.

He has asked people for their forgiveness.

“I ask now for your prayers. You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life. So I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication,” he said on his radio show, a Calgary Herald story said.

Would Limbaugh have forgiven some other celebrity who abused drugs? No, he would have been the first to call for equal justice for all.

He has not formally been charged yet, but if he is charged, he could be sent to prison for five years, the maximum penalty under Florida law.

It’s time for prosecutors to do exactly what Limbaugh demands, and that is to “find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them, and send them up the river.”

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Limbaugh paddles up the river without a painkiller