Radio Address to the Nation on Drug Abuse and Aid to the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance
My fellow Americans:
Monday Nancy and I will be attending a very special meeting in
A decade ago, drug abuse was ignored and, in some circles, was even glamorized. It was fashionable. Comedians joked about drugs, trivializing the problem. Well, there was legitimate reason for concern. Fathers and mothers saw their children wasting their lives. Husbands and wives felt helpless as a loved one destroyed a marriage. And as is so often the case, the children suffered most.
I can't help but be proud that my wife, Nancy, took on the challenge of mobilizing our people against this evil. She came up with the formula that will make all the difference: Just say no. It's as simple as that. It's going to require all of us working together, however, to help those we love and care for to just say no and live right.
already made progress. First and foremost, that complacent attitude has been
replaced with vigorous and active involvement. Not only is the use of illegal
drugs no longer accepted but is, in many circles, no longer tolerated. The old
line about drug use being a victimless crime is being replaced with an
understanding that the money spent on drugs, even by casual users, ends up
financing murderers in
Monday, the members of the White House Conference will be joined by some 2,000
other activists who are dedicated to a drug free
is truly a national crusade. Government will do its part. Drug interdiction and
well-equipped law enforcers are necessary. Each one of us has a role to play.
The strategy that is emerging will depend on the widest range of citizen
involvement. And I know I can count on you, because you feel as strongly about
want everyone to have the opportunity for a productive, meaningful life. That
also requires our country to be secure, which is why we've been so concerned
about events in
February 3d, to my disappointment, however, the majority in the House of
Representatives voted to remove pressure for further democratic reform. The
Senate, on the other hand, agreed with me that we cannot leave those fighting
for freedom in
already we can see warning signs. In just 2 short weeks, the Sandinistas
threatened the only free press in the country and rejected a cease-fire
proposal which incorporated the essential elements laid out and agreed to last
August. And in the first 2 months of 1988, Soviet military assistance to
week, I'll be in
Until next week, thanks for listening, and God bless you.
Note: The President spoke at from the Oval Office at the White House.