Bill O’Reilly, who is a self proclaimed libertarian, does not want the government to regulate anything, except pot. Pot is the root of all evil in the wise one’s eyes and to legalize it is one step closer to bringing the nation to its knees.
Debating Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham on the subject on Monday’s O’Reilly Factor, the man who knows all and sees all informed them that the argument that peoples lives are ruined by juvenile arrests for pot is a non starter. “It’s almost impossible. The records are expunged if they’re juveniles,” he said.
Of course Bill is totally wrong on the subject. A juvenile record is sealed but is never automatically expunged, in fact, even if one does petition, there is no guarantee that it will be. Even a sealed record is a black mark in the eyes of many employers.
As always Bill talked in generalities, implying that all those of a liberal bent agree on all things and share all of the same “weaknesses.”
“Primarily the left embraces the drug culture to some extent,” he claimed. “Let’s begin with the left. What is it about the drug culture, the internet culture, that’s so compelling for some of them?”
“Well, I don’t think it’s compelling,” Williams said, “But I think that if you start to arrest their children and give them records and put barriers in front of their futures and their careers, I think people say ‘Wait a second.’ As you said in the previous segment, this is soft drug use, why are you arresting and giving this kid a record, especially minority kids disproportionately. They’re the ones who get arrested.”
“So by your thinking then, people fear for their children so they want to make drugs more available. Let’s legalize them so they don’t get a rap sheet,” O’Reilly replied.
He then turned his attention to Ham asking, “Mary Katherine, you’re more sympathetic to this drug culture and internet culture world, but do you not see that it is going to weaken the country?”
“Look, I think anything that’s not in moderation can be a problem, does that mean it has to be outlawed? No,” she replied.
“That’s not the issue here. Mary Katherine, you’ve got a baby,” O’Reilly shot back. “You want that baby to be smoking pot … when that baby is 13, 14 years old, do you want the baby to be smoking in moderation?”
When she replied that she would prefer that her child not smoke it he interrupted once more, “Why would you not have your child? Answer my question!”.
At last he fell back on the old O’Reilly standby for when he is losing an argument, “Mary Katharine, you’re babbling,” O’Reilly said. “You don’t want to engage in a conversation.”
Watch the conversation below.