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babylonsister

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Wed Jun 12, 2024, 11:31 AM Jun 12

ICYMI - Patti Davis on what everyone is missing about Hunter Biden's case [View all]

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/6/12/2246237/-ICYMI-Patti-Davis-on-what-everyone-is-missing-about-Hunter-Biden-s-case

ICYMI - Patti Davis on what everyone is missing about Hunter Biden's case
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 8:17:13a EDT

Patricia Ann Davis (née Reagan; born October 21, 1952) is an American actress and author. She is the daughter of U.S. president Ronald Reagan and his second wife, Nancy Reagan.

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...Hunter Biden’s legal case is, at its root, a story about the toxic, careless choices made by a drug addict. It’s about the fact that addicts weave tragedy into their own lives and into the lives of those around them. Addicts don’t think about other people; they think about themselves. And they lie — that’s how they supply their addiction.

I was addicted to amphetamines from the time I was a teenager into my early 20s. Preferring prescription amphetamines to tablets of methamphetamine punched out in someone’s garage (although I took those, too), I went into doctors’ offices and spun out lie after lie. When my fondness for speed led me to cocaine, I got behind the wheel of my car and drove home some nights up a winding, treacherous canyon road thinking nothing of the fact that I might kill someone on that road, including myself.

Some observers argue that if Hunter Biden were not the president’s son, he wouldn’t be on trial for buying a gun while being addicted to drugs, since he had the gun for only 11 days and it wasn’t used in any crime. I’m not a legal expert. I’m not qualified to weigh in on that. But as the daughter of first a governor and then a president, I do know what it’s like to live under a glaring, unforgiving spotlight that never dims. The choices you make in your life, the mistakes, the stumbles, are preserved forever and sometimes tossed out in front of you like a minefield you have to keep crossing. Hunter Biden has had to sit in court listening to his ex-wife and his ex-lovers testify about the messiness and insanity of his drug addiction. I’m going to hazard a guess here and say that they probably described things that he doesn’t even remember. He had to watch his daughter take the stand and testify, something that’s intimidating, even frightening, under any circumstances. And whatever the surrounding political circumstances, ultimately he has to know that he is responsible for all of it.


And…

...It might sound naïve in these scathingly partisan times, but it would be nice if the rest of us — or even most of us — could look at how sad this story is. How a man with a loving, supportive family and every advantage and opportunity still fell into the roiling abyss of drug addiction and couldn’t stop swimming around in its dark waters. How even though he has worked hard on getting and staying clean, his past mistakes and sins follow him, collide with him and demand to be addressed. They are still today racking up collateral damage, causing tremendous pain to those he loves and who love him, even potentially endangering his father’s legacy.


If there is anything lacking in American politics these days, it’s anything resembling grace. How the Bidens are responding to these travails is an example of grace under pressure. Thanks to Davis for providing some needed perspective.
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Being an adherent to a cult is an addiction also. Marcus IM Jun 12 #1
yes NJCher Jun 12 #2
Also threw their minds into a psychological prison too. Trapped in a world of conspiracies. Marcus IM Jun 12 #3
i have exactly 1 maggot in my life. well, not any more but mopinko Jun 12 #4
Some people aren't worth the trouble. flying_wahini Jun 12 #5
yup. wrote him off after some of the shit he posted. mopinko Jun 12 #7
He did you a very large favor FakeNoose Jun 13 #34
Social media influenced so many, as well as exposing people's authoritarian bigoted tendencies to friends also. Marcus IM Jun 12 #6
the number they did on the bernie guys doesnt get talked about enough. mopinko Jun 12 #10
Same chromalyn Jun 17 #37
A world completely detached from reality & filled with hate. CaptainTruth Jun 12 #9
he rly is the most miserable fuck i know. mopinko Jun 12 #11
I really wish it was such an easy thing. Marcus IM Jun 12 #16
A good friend of mine went maga moonshinegnomie Jun 12 #20
Just look at Clarence Thomas' wife... slightlv Jun 12 #18
This is excellent rubbersole Jun 12 #8
Even the "saintly" Ronnie and his "adoring" Nancy had a child with addiction to drugs. llmart Jun 12 #12
Recently, I read Hunter Biden's Book "Beautiful Things" PatSeg Jun 12 #13
agreed Skittles Jun 12 #27
It's probably not the best idea to ensure that a son like that continues to have a shit ton of money to play with. brewens Jun 12 #14
An addict will find a way to use if they want to happybird Jun 12 #17
His father's legacy will be just fine. She should worry about her own father's legacy. onecaliberal Jun 12 #15
babylonsister......... Upthevibe Jun 12 #19
She always reminded me of Carrie Fisher Bucky Jun 12 #21
Knowing what she knows about the minefield of public scrutiny dlk Jun 12 #22
"Youthful indiscretions" are only for Republicans. The rest get jail time. hadEnuf Jun 12 #23
If you're not get-able, you can't get got. Iggo Jun 12 #26
And he'll pay the price for it. hadEnuf Jun 12 #30
It's political, but it's not bullshit. Iggo Jun 13 #31
No one is saying he isn't technically guilty. hadEnuf Jun 13 #32
Ah-choo! (Sorry. I'm allergic to straw.) Iggo Jun 13 #33
And all I'm saying is the GOP just staged a big investigation hadEnuf Jun 14 #35
Never mind they never bring this charge... chromalyn Jun 17 #38
So, glad she took the time to share her personal experience with addiction and being the daughter iluvtennis Jun 12 #24
Damn, she's good! Lulu KC Jun 12 #25
it's not just the spotlight that comes with his name Skittles Jun 12 #28
You said it Sis canetoad Jun 12 #29
I think what everyone is missing is the fact that ecstatic Jun 14 #36
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