|12:23 am - AA opens a chapter in the Dominion of TheEntwife|
The members of my parliament need to decide to what extent tipsyness has become a problem in my dominion. The main issue seems to be with drunken driving although some of the measures suggested to combat it are a tad extreme . . .
More and more, citizens are drinking before getting behind the wheel. A group of concerned citzens wants something done.
1. May Shiomi, head of TheEntwife's chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, says that drunk drivers need help. "Alcoholism is a nasty thing, a disease. The government has to help these poor souls to avoid the temptations of liquor, and wine, and beer, and hard cider, and brandy, and . . ." His eyes get a glazed far off look, "Where was I? Oh right, we have to help these people, not imprison them."
2. "That’s lovely," says Prudence McAlpin, a noted anti-alcohol advocate, "In a perfect world where rehab fixes everything. But this is the real world, and it doesn’t bring back the victims. Drunk drivers kill people every day. If they take other's lives, the government must take theirs!"
3. "All of those plans attack the symptoms, not the disease," says Minister of Transportation Miranda Trax, "Alcohol is a curse, a poison sent by the Devil to tempt mankind. We cannot trust people to make decisions for themselves. The only answer is prohibition. Ban alcohol completely."
As usual, most of the choices are either inadequate or extreme.
Although there is a certain justice in choice #2, it has that Old-Testament feel -- "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" -- and probably wouldn't do a lot of long term good in the end. Might make some think twice, but just as with drug laws people will still partake of the forbidden fruit. Singapore and other countries with large Muslim populations have a death penalty and they still have a drug problem -- just a somewhat smaller one, that's all.
Same thing goes for choice #3 -- prohibition. Didn't work in the 1930s in the US, won't work anywhere. Doesn't work in the Middle East -- not even in Saudi Arabia, where they stone folks. It goes against human nature, unfortunately.
So I'll go with the Alcoholics Anonymous choice of rehabilitation -- not that that works all that much better. . . I've known far too many folks who've done rehab of some type or another and the results are often piss-poor. Most folks will change only when they are really ready to do so and trying to get them to change is an exercise in futility . . .
Current Mood: relaxed
Current Music: "More Champagne" by Mince Pye
Actually I agree with you but the problem was the death penalty part of solution #2 -- here in the US manslaughter gets you imprisonment, not death. Death is for premeditated murder. In the second choice the punishment far outstripped the crime, in my opinion. Hence my choice.