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.