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Dec 30 2011

Punishing Parents for Teens’ Behavior

In a society run by authoritarian moonbats, you don’t have to do anything wrong to run afoul of the law. A new ordinance in Mercer Island, Washington provides an example by making it illegal to “own, rent or lease property where teenage drinking has occurred.”

It is already illegal for adults to provide alcohol to minors or for parents to let their underage children drink. The new ordinance takes the idea of parent responsibility a step further, City Councilmember Mike Cero said.

“What makes this different is that the parents don’t have to have any knowledge of wrongdoing to be held accountable,” he said. “They could be in Timbuktu (and) have no knowledge of alcohol being consumed.”

Cero acknowledged the measure is an extreme step, but he said [hysteria over] underage drinking outweighed concerns about infringement on personal liberties.

One easily predictable unintended consequence will be making teens less likely to drink in the house and more likely to do it someplace they can only reach by driving.

Anyone who thinks this ominous ordinance will only be applied in cases where parents have been irresponsible is referred to the application of gun laws in New York City.

The ultimate goal is to create a society in which no one can avoid violating the law. Only when we all know ourselves to be criminals in need of chastisement from Big Government can liberal utopia be achieved.

On a tip from The Only Other Conservative in Seattle.

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  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    My question is:
    When are we going to start holding these bureauweenies accountable ?

  • Shooter1001

    So, if my 19 yr old is somehow caught drinking alcohol in my home without my knowledge or presence, I’,m liable to a fine of $250.
    Am I liable to any local fines if he smokes a joint?
    Or, Heaven forbid, smokes a cigarette?
    If he shoots somebody though, he’s on his own!

  • Max & Eric

    So will you force me to sell or just throw us into the street, You better bring a fucking army. and a shitload of body bags. Because your gonna have to kill me

  • A purveyor of fine rope

    Hayek’s ghost wonders when the perps will be held accountable…and the answer is that this crap will stop when “pour l’encouragement des autres” becomes something more than just a literary reference.

  • TonyD95B

    ……but if your teenage daughter gets pregnant and the school guidance counselor cons her into getting an abortion, she can make that major “Health Care” decision underage and with NO parental notification?

  • IslandLifer

    From local to federal, all these jerkoffs do is get paid to sit around and make new laws while prancing around with stiff necks because they have power. Yes, at the rate these clowns are going you will be in violation of something everyday without even knowing it and the judge will only say “ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law”. Enough already. I’ve always said while speeding alongside several other cars, the cop can’t pull us all over. Soon they will be overwhelmed trying to enforce all the loopy laws and paperwork that goes with it and turn a blind eye hopefully. Screw you lawmakers! Get a life. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.

  • anon

    Party at Mike Cero’s house! Tonight at 10pm. BYOB.

  • Kevin R.

    Cero acknowledged the measure is an extreme step, but he said the need to fight underage drinking outweighed concerns about infringement on personal liberties.

    I think the need to preserve individual liberties (i.e. individual rights) outweighs the need for petty little tyrants like Cero. What they need is an ordinance against people that use their public office with the idea of infringing on anyone’s Rights.

    It would serve Cero right if teens went to his property, cracked open a few cold ones, and called the police.

  • Kevin R.

    anon, dittos!

  • AlphaMail

    It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to see the evidence – liberal states, liberal politicians, and liberal rules (government is the ultimate nanny-guide in all situations) lead to onerous penalties and less freedom.

    You would think a state like Washington – a late comer to liberalism – but now a bastion of liberal thought, would cut people some slack on something like drinking.

    Think again.

    In a liberal environment, if a problem exists, a new law needs to be created not only to rectify the issue, but also to make sure you don’t do it again, because God knows, you don’t have the brains to do it yourself.

    Mercer Island (a suburb of Seattle) is just the latest example of the consequences of the disgusting liberal political majority of Washington State.

    Mike Cero is just the tip of their iceberg.

    Do not go to Washington State and drink and drive – the laws there are the toughest in the nation. Even if you are a 75 year-old grandma who blows below the national impaired law of .08% – if you smell like beer – you’re going to jail.

    And wait til you see what Nanny has for you.

    With no arrest record, no driving blemishes, and, if it’s your first offense, you can face thousands of dollars in lawyer fees, a $1000 fine, a year in jail, an expensive ignition device, thousands of dollars of increased insurance premiums, towing charges, court costs, a 3 month to a year driver’s license suspension, and years of probation.

    You don’t want to know what happens if you get caught twice.

    Seattle is where WTO protestors burned buildings in the downtown and then got to sue the police – much like Occupy swine are suing cities across America.

    And the liberal Seattle mayor is trying his best to turn that once great city into another San Francisco.

    I’m sure Mike Cero and the Mercer Island City Council will eventually have to consider their obvious mistake here…..they didn’t include the liberal “immunity option” for transgendered and illegal immigrant minors.

    Do not go to Washington State

  • chuck in st paul

    [ at a loss for words that will not get me arrested... ]

  • Sam Adams

    “making it illegal to “own, rent or lease property where teenage drinking has occurred.”?

    Just wondering here; if teen drinking took place on a piece of property, can that property ever be sold or purchased, since owning it apparently is illegal forever?

  • AlphaMail

    Hit the reply button before I finished my last sentence…..Didn’t mean to say don’t GO to Washington State – minus the liberal insanity it’s a beautiful and marvelous place!

  • Festivus

    I did a lot of beer drinkin’ at my friend’s parents’ house on Mercer Island in my youth. MI is a fairly exclusive suburb of Seattle filled with well-to-do liberal 1%’ers for the most part. As with most of the liberal do-gooder lawmaking, it does little else but make people criminals. $250 will hardly be missed, like a tip at the local spa.

  • Fiberal

    Liberals make laws never to rectify transgressions in justice, but to first of all raise revenue and secondly to punish. Liberals in office view themselves with lowly pride as the modern equivalent of medieval Inquisitors.

    The solution is simply not to vote liberals into positions of power. But they are in power and will remain in power bc the common voter is astonishingly docile and stupid.
    .

    Rope,

    pour l’encouragement des autres is over used in today’s parlance.

    If it were to be used with its original meaning, you would be encouraging the authoritarian moonbats to engage in even further mischief.

    (Sorry, its a slow Friday night.)

  • Festivus

    Liberals aspire to make their unmistakable mark on society so to speak (which must be by control otherwise no one woyld listen). That’s why they gravitate to such vocations as education, journalism and government.

    They would go unheard and unnoticed otherwise.

  • JW M

    Find out when City Councilmember Mike Cero or his cohorts won’t be home and have the kids go his house to party.

  • grayjohn

    Punish the innocent and let the guilty walk. That’s the creed of the left.

  • TexasDoc

    Only on the Left Coast….this city ordinance is inherently unconstitutional and doubtless will be subjected to an immediate lawsuit if the city was stupid enough to try charging anyone.

  • A. Levy

    City Councilmember Mike Cero, and all the other elected lying crooks who rule us, prove that out system of govt. is a complete failure. Originally, and as designed by the Constitution, the govt.’s job was to protect the people. Now, it has become the controller of the people. It is trying (and/or doing) to control every single aspect of our lives. We are now a nation that has more laws and regulations than it has people, yet in most cases, it’s the people who make those laws who are the ones not held accountable when they break them. This can only happen in a nation who’s people have lost their will, their strength, and their ability to think for themselves.

    The original idea of democracy was a great one, but that’s no longer what we have. And, it is YOU, the voter, who are responsible.

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