N. C. ESSAY
January 20, 1969
TED KENN0Y HOUDS IFIOCRATIC M?
by Mark Walsh
What Time Magazine has called
"Upheaval on the Hill" and what News
week has called "claiming so menial
a job as Senate Democratic Whip" is
Edward M. Kennedy's rather startling
succession to the number two posi
tion ot power among the Democrats in
the U. S. Senate and almost undeni
ably his first significant move to
ward the Democratic nomination for
the Presidency in 1972.
The startling aspects of Ken
nedy's victory are that he is the
youngest (36 yrs.) majority whip in
the history of the Senate and that
he unseated Sen. Russell Long of
Louisiana, who has 20 years of ser
vice on his senate record.
Kennedy has disavowed the vic
tory as a direct move toward the
presidency. "I view it", he said,
"as expressing the sense of the
Democratic Senators in favor of an
aggressive and creative program in
the upcoming Congress".
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explosives aboard to scuttle the
ship. The crew smashed the equip
ment with axes or dumped it overboard
bur failed to finish the job. Dur
ing their eleven-month captivity,
two Pueblo crewmen, beaten and
threatened by their N. Korean cap
tors, attempted suicide. One crew
man tried to cut his wrists but was
stopped by his shipmates. Another
attempted to jump from a h;Lgh win
dow but was blacked by guards.
Congress and the Court Vs. Powell
Although the Supreme Court has
agreed to consider Rep. Adam Calyton
Powell's suit for the restoration of
his seniority and back pay. House
leaders may ignore any Supreme Court
decision in Powell;s favor, even if
it means a constitutional crisis.
ANOTHER BLAST ON DRUGS
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pleases (as far as I'm concerned),
as long as he doesn't enforce his
practice on others; if he keeps his
opinions on an individual basis,
then he is not to be too harshly
criticized. The pusker who does not
indulge — and has the power to
drive desperate addicts to theft,
murder, suicide, etc. — deserves to
be boiled in oil inch by inch for
his conduct; he is a criminal, and
should be dealt with accordingly.
And lastly, the frequent user, who
uses drugs as an escape is sick. He
needs help (though not necessarily
psychiatric help) to find out what
he is trying to escape and why.
Generally, he is trying to hide from
himself his own inadequacies, be
they obvious or subconscious; his
only salvation is in his facing and
Understanding what his problems ai^^
and destroying or accepting them as
best he can.
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by Doug MaCorkindale
"Harrummph!" said the legisla-
"Aha!" said the policeman.
"Ten years!" said the judge.
Taking the path of Good Samari-
tan, i.e. trying to dissuade the
user, is as futile in the battle
against drug use as are the laws
that prohibit this use. One who has
never experimented with drugs can
not w6igh the pro against the con;
his argument will, if anything,
bring about adverse situations.
Even one who has satisfied his cur
iosity concerning drugs through per
sonal experience will have a hard
time convincing the user that Reali
ty is better. He will be battered
by such remarks as "Scard?" " Con
servative!" "That's your bag." The
cured (?) addict will probably be
m- • .€/ *
Some years ago, the August leg
islators of the several states and
of the nation, in order to form a
more docile society, decided there
weren't enough offerings in the cat
alogue of crime and proceeded to
create a few of their own design.
Now, when you set about to create
crime and the best you come up with
because you say it is and for no
other reason—that is, a sort of
"non-crime". And to deal properly
with a non-crime, you need to write
a non-law, right? But I digress.
Anyway, it seems that God in his
infinite wisdom saw fit to create
creatures and the universe that is
their home, discovered certain plea
surable and otherwise remarkable
uses for these vegetables. Moreover
he had been using them since the
dawn of recorded history without
noticeable ill effect on body, mind,
or society in general.
Then ccjme the Great Depression,
sandwiched neatly and painfully be
tween the Great Wars. It was a dark
time, a time of ignorance, hysteria
and a poverty that was both physical
and spiritual. Reactionary men
lashed out frantically at imaginary
demons, and our legislators, caught
up in the spirit of the time, were
sensitive to hysteria from many
quarters; cries of "law and order"
and "moral decay" were just as be
guiling to the backwoods mentality
then as now. In the midst of all
this social turmoil, a number of
self-appointed saviors of public and
private morality stood up and made a
patently fatuous statement, then as
now totally unsupported by historic,
sociological, or scientific evidence.
"Tobacco's all right," they said,
"but that there Indian hemp, mari
juana stuff is the devil's own; it's
gonna lead your son and your daught
er off the straight-and-narrow.
And the goddesses of justice
and mercy have been weeping together
all the years since that time.
Brothers and sisters, beware!
I want to hip you right here and now.
The use of marijuana is a serious
health hazard. Use of even a tiny
amount can cause the body to be
locked up in a company of thieves,
rapists murderers and unsuccessful
politicians for a very long time—
more than long enough, in fact, for
you, the unfortunate non-victim of
your own non-crime to ponder very
deeply the mysteries of traditional
and contemporary morality, public
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faced with a response from a novice
such as "But I"m not hooked" or "I'm
not into the big stuff." The only
person who can change the outlook of
the drug user is the user himself.
Outside interference can only plant
doubt in his mind at best. Until
the user faces up to his situation
and decides to tackle it for himself
there is nothing that can be done