Some thoughts on Congressman Patrick Kennedy May 5, 2006Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.
I have no idea how his preferential treatment came about, or at whose influence. Got no clue.
But I do know whoever is behind it isn't doing him any long-term favors.
The guy appears to have some serious problems with substance abuse. There's some history. There are certainly warning signs.
Most people who have those problems refuse to deal with them until they are forced to. Treatment specialists call it "hitting rock bottom". The abuser gets publicly exposed and embarrassed, or their families or friends decide it's too hurtful to stay in the relationship and they leave. They have an accident, possibly hurt someone, lose a job… something. It's different for everyone.
That moment can be the catlyst to face up to it and get help.
I don't pretend to know the true nature of his problems, but I do know enabling him is going to hurt him long term.
I sincerely hope he doesn't miss this opportunity. This trumps politics, at least it does for me.
My second thought is however this was handled internally by the Capitol Police, and whatever their motivation, they have handed Cynthia McKinney a bona fide double standard on a platter. It appears as though higher-ups stepped in and stopped the guys on the line doing their job. And it is going to come back and bite them in the ass.
And as far as I'm concerned it should.