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August 4, 2009

MADD GONE MAD

Salem News - The American Beverage Institute criticized Mothers Against Drunk Driving for publicly lamenting that President Obama chose to hold a "Beer Summit" in an effort to cool tensions between the gentlemen involved in the recent police incident in Cambridge.

"MADD is no longer an organization that opposes drunk driving, but an anti-alcohol group that has been hijacked by the modern day temperance movement," said Sarah Longwell, ABI Managing Director.

"That someone in a position of leadership at MADD would criticize President Obama for simply drinking beer, illustrates the neo-prohibitionist mentality that now dominates the group.". . .

In an interview this weekend, the President of the Delaware chapter of MADD, Nancy Raynor, expressed concern that the event could send the wrong message to young people who saw the president drinking on TV.

"MADD's position on the 'Beer Summit' should remind Americans that the group once dedicated to preventing drunk driving has transitioned into leading the anti-alcohol movement," said Longwell.

"MADD has even been denounced by its founder Candy Lightner as 'very neo-prohibitionist.'"

MADD is now focused on preventing any alcohol consumption prior to driving through its support for polices like sobriety checkpoints, which serve to scare drivers who may have enjoyed one drink prior to driving home.

Recently, MADD went so far as to denounce New Jersey's Flying Fish Brewery for naming its beers after turnpike exits, claiming that the brewery was promoting drunk driving.

MADD even wants to put alcohol-sensors in the cars of all Americans. The federal government is already funding the development of such technology and MADD has asked for $30 million more from Congress to go toward the project (learn more at www.InterlockFacts.com).

The director of that project has admitted that the alcohol sensors would be set below the legal limit, representing the end to moderate, responsible consumption of alcohol prior to driving.

4 Comments:

Anonymous robbie said...

That MADD has an agenda is not in question. I believe that the American Beverage Institute was either the producer of or contributed to the making of "Reefer Madeness" They just want people to drink beer. MADD may be a bit on the prudish side but they're trying to save lives. The ABI just wants people to drink, get fat, get stupid, and get people killed. "Oh. And, remember, please drink responsibly." Ya right!

August 4, 2009 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Watch them jugs a'fillin' in the pale moonlight. said...

Actually, Madd's agenda has always been alchohol prohibition. If you believe .o8 is drunk, you obviously can't pack your mud.

August 4, 2009 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think robbie would feel more at home in Peshawar or the mountains of Afghanistan with the rest of his kind.

August 22, 2009 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't really believe that MADD is totally concerned with saving lives as they are with stopping alcohol consumtion period. I recently wrote them and asked how they felt about driving while talking on a cell phone, which is also killing people all across the nation and their response was that "It is not in their focus."

August 30, 2009 12:36 PM  

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