Hope, Change, Drive 55

One of the things about having Obama as president and all the wacky people he has surrounded himself with is that there is always something to write about. Sometimes way too much. It becomes all Obama all the time, at least for my part, as he and his admin are stuck on stupid, and countries and groups around the world test him. Unfortunately, while there are fun stories out there, like grandpa beating up some hoodlums who were on his lawn, and Britain’s first Jedi police officer, let’s see what the nutball Obama has picked to be the NHTSA head is up to

President Obama’s pick to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration raises a few red flags. If confirmed by the Senate, Chuck Hurley, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will drive motorists over the cliff with regulation.

The nation’s traffic-safety czar has broad powers to control the roads and road-going habits of Americans. Mr. Hurley has a history of pushing laws that harass millions of law-abiding citizens to ensnare a few lawbreakers. He supports returning the 55 mph speed limit to our highways as well as roadblocks and random pullovers to make sure drivers aren’t doing anything wrong. This methodology is based on a presumption of guilt – not innocence – of the average driver who is doing nothing wrong.

So, all you folks on the Right who throw around that fascism label, including me, you might kinda……..be right.

Mr. Hurley has promoted a mania of overregulation at MADD. Absent from his advocacy’s is the principle that a punishment should fit the crime, or that a crime even needs to be committed to incur a penalty. Under this influence, MADD has been lobbying to lower the allowable blood-alcohol content (BAC) for drivers to .04 – which means one glass of Pinot can land anyone behind bars. The constant lowering of BAC limits has separated what is punishable from what is actually dangerous.

As a result of MADD-fueled binges for tougher laws, extreme drunken driving punishments – such as loss of driving privileges, jail time, fines and legal fees beyond $10,000 – often apply to individuals who were not drunk and in some cases were not even driving.

Hey, I am all for punishment being punishing, but, MADD has gone well over the line the past few years. They have moved from being a group that was interested in reducing drunk driving through slightly stronger laws, and, more importantly, education, too one which abuses its power and works heavily with companies such as ones that push the use of red light cameras. Again, I am all for stopping red light runners, and, unlike many Conservatives here in NC I have had convo’s with, I am all for their use. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and people should drive within the law. I also do not mind them because my car got a massive dent years ago from a red light runner.

At least Hurley isn’t pushing these regulations because he is a anthropogenic global warming zealot. That’ll probably come next.

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