Radio Address to the Nation on Drug Abuse and Aid to the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance
My fellow Americans:
Monday I'll be journeying to
public safety is an issue. There was a train wreck in
time to act has long since passed. The tragedy and heartbreak brought to
families throughout our country have already gone too far. Each of us can help
by making a personal commitment to be absolutely intolerant of the use of
illegal drugs. As
The next step is to identify the users -- not to put them in jail but to do what we can to get them off drugs and to help them to live a drug free life. Drug testing not only permits us to identify users but it has been shown to be a deterrent, as well. In fact, a no-drug policy in the military, which includes screening and testing, has resulted in a two-thirds decline in the number of drug users in uniform. This same commitment could well save money and lives in the private sector. And we're determined that the Federal Government, the Nation's number one employer, lead the way in eliminating the use of illegal drugs in the workplace.
this challenge isn't the Government's alone: It belongs to all of us. Those
using drugs are affecting our lives, hurting others, whether they want to admit
it or not. When policemen, judges, mayors, and military officers are gunned
down by drug traffickers in countries like
But it's never too late to quit, and it's never too late to take a stand. I've always believed that, once we've made up our minds, there's nothing we Americans can't accomplish. Making up our minds is the hard part.
this week we saw Congress divided on my request for continued assistance to
those fighting for freedom in
of this has serious implications for our country's national security and, no
less important, has grave implications for those brave souls who are fighting
for democracy in
understand that some in Congress have already begun to develop an alternative
assistance package. I await the details. I will work with the members of both
parties to see to it that the fact that we disagree does not mean that
The Sandinistas made commitments to democracy and pluralism as long ago as 1979. They were not kept. Americans are united in our determination that these latest promises be kept in a timely way. We must act to ensure that freedom is not smothered in that country.
We live in perilous times, my fellow Americans, but also times of great hope and opportunity. The future is up to us.
Until next week, thanks for listening, and God bless you.
Note: The President
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