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Let’s start with an easy one #fourloko

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

So here’s the starting gun. Out of the gate let’s go with something easy. A news story (Link) recently highlighted the recent idea of the Maryland Attorney General wanting to limit the alcohol contents of the popular drink, Four Loko. If the name sounds familiar it’s already been in the spotlight before for its caffeine contents, which has since been removed. Now that, that part is out of the way the government (whoops, I mean people placing blame on something other than the responsible party) can go onto limiting the alcohol content of the drink, never-mind that the business is licensed and within legal right to produce and distribute alcohol.

So what’s the rant here you may ask? Well I’m glad you did. Once again this is a protect us from ourselves situation. You’re allowing a governing body to step in and control what you can and cannot have access too. Or more specifically you’re taking something that’s legal already and pinpointing a particular area of that legality because you don’t like it. Sorta making sense yet? No? Ok. How about this then. The simple premise behind this story and why it’s come to where it is now rests with a accident related death. Surprise.

In November of 2010 Courtney Spurry was unfortunately and tragically killed when the vehicle she was driving hit a telephone poll at high speed. A very upsetting, tragic, and yes extremely unfortunate event. But let’s be honest where is the blame? Com’on now, where is it? That’s right, with Courtney Spurry. Again, I”m not trying to be heartless I”m trying to make people see you CANNOT shift responsibility anymore. Plain and simple she had WAY to much to drink. Quotes from various articles such as “She was not the same person”, “She could not remember people’s names…” highlight the obvious, she was completely drunk. Of course she was acting different, fighting with friends, not knowing peoples names, haven’t you ever seen someone highly intoxicated before?! This isn’t a drinks fault, this happens nightly, literally nightly, at bars and clubs all across the united states.  The means to an end is irrelevant, be it beer, wine, liquor, etc. The end occurred and it occurred due to a bad choice by the individual, nothing else.

In recent comments people combat the idea that government shouldn’t be sticking their noses in legal business over pressure from overly grieving friends and family.  For example this comment in reference to a sarcastic wise mighty government remark; “Yeah, when it comes to stupid people not being responsible and endangering others, then yes they do know what is best.”. So of course my overall response to this mentality would be, let’s make all cars drive 15 mph at their maximum. Crazy you say? WHY?! I mean people could drive fast and kill other people. That means we have to make cars safe. Right?

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