by Dick Mac
Either drunk-driving is a felony or it isn't.
I am of the opinion that driving while drunk, which jeopardizes the lives of any person who might encounter the drunk-driver, is felonious behavior.
In New York, it is a misdemeanor. A crime that more often than not results in a slap on the wrist.
You can be imprisoned for a misdemeanor conviction, but you are less likely to be imprisoned for a misdemeanor than a felony.
New York Governor Paterson, let's call him Governor Stoopit in honor of the remarkable work he has done since being appointed governor, believes that drunk-driving in only felonious behavior if there is a child present in the vehicle the drunk is driving.
I am a fan of drinking. I think drinking is great fun. Booze and I have had some great times together, and I believe people should be free to consume as much alcohol as they want.
I am a fan of driving. My family will tell you that I can drive for hours on end.
I do not drink and drive. Ever. It is stupid to drink and drive. It is dangerous. Too dangerous.
I support changes to the law that make it a felony to drive drunk. I do not support changes to the law that make it a felony to drive drunk ONLY if children are in the car. This is nonsense. A drunk-driver can kill just as many children if they are in the other car, as if they are in her own car!
Governor Stoopit doesn't know how to govern, he only knows how to react to events around him. He has no vision or ideas for a better New York.
A mother killed herself, her daughter, and three nieces while trashed out of her mind. She also killed three adult men in another car. So, Governor Stoopit wants to change the laws.
If the four girls had not been in this drunk's car and she killed only herself and the three adult men, would Governor Stoopit be calling for changes to the drunk-driving laws? No. He is using the same political currency that neo-cons and reaganites have been using for three decades: children. He is using the deaths of four little girls to further his own career. He is like a Republican. He is despicable.
Let's make drunk-driving a felony, but not only if there are children in the car, let's just make it a felony.
Paterson Wants Tougher Penalties, at WNYC