There has been varying reactions to President Arroyo anointing herself as drug czar, many unfavorable. Some say her penchant for micro-managing will leave her no time to attend to other critical responsibilities. Others consider it as “ill-timed” , “over-acting” and plain political gimmickry. Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casino said “What President Arroyo needs to do is to clean up the DOJ, starting with its secretary and to strengthen the PDEA. She should just do her job without resorting to fancy titles and gimmicks.”
But really, what choice did she have ? With her alter-egos quarreling publicly, she had to put her house in order or at least give the impression that she’s still in control. Thus her assumption of the position of drug czar, to underscore the idea that she’s supposed to call the shots. Which is O.K., as I think she’s perfect for the job.
She’s an addict herself, and only another addict can truly understand the shackles of addiction. She knows how it feels to be in the grip of an irresistible compulsion to have her way, whatever the consequences. Classic addict behavior. She therefore has an instinctive, gut-feel, street-level understanding of the problem of illegal drugs, and the hunger that feeds the trade, although she might not even be aware of it.
Just to be clear, she’s not dependent on alcohol (although there have been nasty rumors), or drugs or sex. She’s addicted to power, to the pelf and privilege of her position. Read the rest of this entry »