MADD Criticizes Obama for Beer Summit

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on August 3rd, 2009

It’s interesting that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has taken no position against texting or talking on a cell phone while driving — practices which have repeatedly been proven more dangerous than drunk driving.  See, for example, Inebriated or Texting: Which is More Dangerous?.  If anyone still questions MADD’s underlying agenda….


MADD, Industry Clash Over Beer Summit

Politico.com.  Aug 3 –President Barack Obama’s beer summit may have made peace among its participants, but the event seems to have inflamed a long-simmering fight between Mothers Against Drunk Driviing and the alcoholic beverage industry.

"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,” Sarah Longwell of the American Beverage Institute said in a statement emailed to reporters.  “That someone in a position of leadership at MADD would criticize President Obama for simply drinking beer, illustrates the neoprohibitionist mentality that now dominates the group. … 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."

The beverage industry’s wrath was triggered by comments the head of MADD’s Delaware chapter made last Friday, commenting on Obama gathering Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., Police Sgt. James Crowley to chat about issues raised by Crowley’s arrest of Gates at his home earlier in the month.

"It’s a well known fact that young people tend to mimic the actions of the adults,” Nancy Raynor of MADD told WDEL-AM of Wilmington, Del., according to audio posted on the station’s website. The station summarized Raynor’s comments as suggesting that convening the men over beer "could be a bad influence."…
 

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