I believe that there should definitely be mandatory drug
tests for public officials. I can’t
believe that we aren’t doing this already.
A kid that wants to work at a fast food restaurant has to get a drug
test to get hired, but we don’t give drug tests to the public officials that
make the laws that run our country.
Yes, public officials should take drug tests as a condition of their elected position, because it increases efficiency and sets a good example to the public. An elected official cannot effectively govern if they abuse substances. It is also important that elected officials set a good example for citizens, and for children, and they cannot do this if they have substance abuse issues.
If a public official can do their job at an exceptional level while using drugs, so be it. Hiring should not depend on a persons personal life, it should depend on their job effectiveness. This is a right we have worked for and it shouldn't be denied. Three more words.
Should not test for thc. The official should be judged on his/her work ethic, results, and overall effectiveness. Testing of thc is a violation of individual civil liberties. Smoking tobacco isn't a discriminator. Drinking alcohol isn't a discriminator. And apparently being total moron isn't a discriminator. So use of thc shouldn't be a discriminator either.