five feet of fury rants on assholes, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who try to turn personal tragedy into moral crusades against the rest of us.
The sister of my best friend in high school was one of those “allergic to everything” girls. Had the blood and skin tests and non-stop specialists visits to prove it. Right up until she moved away from home to go to college and realized about a month into her new life that being the spoiled family invalid was no longer on the table, and frankly not as much fun as partying. Never got another hive. Whenever I saw her in adulthood (which was frequently) she was perfectly sound and allergy free. Wow! A miracle, huh?
Oh, yes. More like this, please.
Those of you out there who have suffered personal tragedy? Whose lives really have been ruined by some drunken idiot? Who really do have debilitating but hard to track down and treat conditions like allergies? This is not an attack on you, personally, for having suffered such a tragedy or for having said condition. This is an attack on your trying to make me run my life the way you want to run yours. Either learn to cope, or the rest of us will eventually get all Darwin on your rashy ass.
How do I want this to play out?
I don’t think drunk driving should be illegal, in and of itself. No check points, no stings in bar parking lots, no routine breath tests. No one, anywhere, for any reason, should find themselves under arrest for simply having a high blood alcohol.
On the other hand, if you cause an accident, even if the damage is nothing more than scratched paint, any charges are aggravated because you wouldn’t have caused the accident if you were sober. You will do jail time, you will pay fines, and you and your family will be out on the street, if necessary, while your belongings are auctioned off to make costs and restitution.