Cuccinelli and Drunk Driving Laws

Drunk driving laws don’t often come up as a campaign issue, but when they do my reaction isn’t always what the person who brings them up in a campaign usually intends. DUI law in our country is chock full of gross violations of Constitutional rights, so I find myself impulsively sympathetic to the candidate accused of being ”weak on drunk driving.”

This is because being “weak on drunk driving” inevitably refers to an apparent unwillingness to further demolish the rights of citizens who might be accused of drunk driving.

This is playing out in Virginia where Republican Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli is being attacked by his Democratic opponent for “consistently voted against tougher penalties for drunk drivers.” I’m sure I disagree with Cuccinelli on some issues, but if he has consistently opposed new DUI laws then he’s to be applauded.

I could write an entire essay about how DUI laws violate the Constitution, but that essay has already been written by DUI lawyer Lawrence Taylor. In “The DUI Exception to the Constitution” Taylor explains how nearly every Constitutional protection designed to protect the rights of the accused, most notably the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, has been utterly destroyed by the way our criminal justice system pursues the legitimate goal of prosecuting dangerous drunk driving.

In other words, if for no other reason than having “consistently voted against tougher penalties for drunk drivers” consider me pro-Cuccinelli.

3 Responses to “Cuccinelli and Drunk Driving Laws”

  1. Libertas Says:

    It seems like every pro-liberty candidate is attacked for “supporting” some kind of vice.

    We must keep on educating as many people as we can.

  2. mother_of_a_dead_child Says:

    my child had (keyword: had) a Constitutional right to life, but that was stolen from her by a drunk driver.

    so are you saying an intoxicated driver’s rights are more important than my childs right to life?

    nevermind, I already know the answer to that as you will be thrilled to know that zero “justice” was served in my childs violent DUI homicide.

    See, this type of selfishness is why I cannot get on board with Ron Paul– as much as i would otherwise like to.

    I view Ron Paul’s views as: everyone do whatever the hell you want– sure many innocent children will die along the way but as long as “we” have our personal selfish choices (codewords: civil rights) then oh well.

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