Thursday, January 19, 2012 10:09 PM EST
Booze bureaucrats are meddling in our lives. They’re making decisions to control us. It’s enough to bring me to the bottle.
In fact, these nanny staters might as well put our booze in a baby bottle. They’re treating us like a bunch of irresponsible kids who can’t be trusted and they’ve got no problem picking our pockets while they do it.
It’s gone on for so long, most of us don’t even notice it any more. They’re calling the shots on our shots. Think about it. They decide drinking hours, drinking age, drink prices, what we can buy to drink and where can buy our booze.
This isn’t a drunken rant.
No need for a breathalyzer.
Let me be very clear: I am not condoning drunk driving.
Drunk drivers deserve to have the book thrown at them. It’s homicide as far as I’m concerned.
Alcoholism is also a terrible thing. It destroys lives — not just the life of the drunk but the drunk’s family as well.
It can inflict scars that last a lifetime in children. I’m not turning a blind eye to the violence, either. Alcohol can be a big part of the cycle of spousal abuse. Our legal system should be swift and decisive.
This is about personal responsi b i l i t y . I f someone does something wrong, there should be serious consequences.
But the booze bureaucrats don’t see things that way — they’ve taken away the power of the individual to make responsible choices.
To act like adults, instead of unruly children.
They don’t even trust you to walk down the street with a beer in your hands. They’d rather take the bottle out of your hands rather than risk you smashing your bottle against a wall and urinating on the sidewalk. Just one of many examples where the government thinks it knows better than you do.
Every province has its own system of alcohol control, all in the name of public safety and sobriety. But these controls don’t stop at the infringement of our personal freedoms. These government bureaucrats are holding the safety card with one hand as they pick your pocket with the other. The government loves the sin tax.
Some provinces, l ike Alberta, allow for more consumer freedom with private retailers. But don’t be fooled, they’re all exerting excessive control over our lives.
Ontario is the worst. The LCBO is a state-run monopoly that controls everything. It can charge whatever it wants at its inconvenience stores with no competition to keep it in line. It spends millions every year on advertising and slick brochures, yet it has no competition. But who cares when this cash cow brings in over a billion bucks of your money in profit every year.
This is highway robbery! An Ontario-commissioned report recommended the LCBO be privatized, a move that would give you — the consumer — lower prices and more choice. But there was no way Premier Dad, Dalton McGuinty, was going to give up his licence to print money.
The booze bureaucrats are just another department in the nanny state, a key player on the war on fun. They’re killing the power of personal responsibility.
We deserve to be treated like adults.
There needs to be a reasonable compromise between public safety and personal freedom. It’s Canadian common sense.