The Drug Czar And The “Statue Of Liberty Play”
Joe | Sep 25, 2012 | Comments 4
“Although many variations of the play exist, the most common involves the quarterback taking the snap from the center, dropping back, and gripping the ball with two hands as if he were to throw. He then takes his non-throwing hand and uses it to place the ball behind his back while pump faking a throw to one side of the field. While his arm is still in motion during the fake throw, he hands the ball off behind his back to a running back or a wide receiver in motion, who runs the football to the opposite side of the field. The play is contingent upon the defense being tricked out of position by the pump fake, and then being unable to catch up with the runner as he runs in the opposite direction of the fake.” – Wikipedia entry on “Statue of Liberty Play”
You don’t have to be a fan of American football or even know the rules to get the point of the play described above. Misdirection. It is something that has kept magicians in business for centuries. And in many ways, government officials are like magicians. They depend on you to be looking another way while they do what they plan to do.
Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske is a model government official. He parrots whatever lines his bosses want him to. Sometimes he needs to be “bad cop” and spew lies about marijuana while crushing the hopes of those who rely on it medically. Then sometimes he needs a bit of misdirection, to be brought out when it is feared too many in the Democratic flock are being turned off by his harshness.
We see the latter Drug Czar in the video below. He goes on and on about The Obama Administrations “progressive” drug policy and how drugs should really be a public health issue as opposed to a criminal one. But we know from Obama’s budgets and from the fact that over 800,000 people are arrested every year for marijuana that there has been little progress in that area in reality. But for many, the words are enough, and enough players have been misdirected to the opposite side of the field for the Drug Czar to score the touchdown.