Since Glenn Maxham – former TV news editor-turned-moral-scold of the Tea Party – wants a “list of enumerated freedoms that We The People have lost” so that we angry peasants’ complaints satisfy his own rigorous standards for standing (he was a tourist in the USSR, doncha know), I just thought I’d let him know i’m on the job. Because they’re popping up all over the place, like this DUI Dragnet in Florida:
Florida is among several states now holding what are called “no refusal” checkpoints.
It means if you refuse a breath test during a traffic stop, a judge is on site, and issues a warrant that allows police to perform a mandatory blood test.
It’s already being done in several counties, and now Unfried is working to bring it to the Tampa Bay area.
“I think you’ll see the difference because people will not drink and drive. I truly believe that,” she said.
Not everyone is on board, though.
DUI defense attorney Kevin Hayslett sees the mandatory blood test as a violation of constitutional rights.
“It’s a slippery slope and it’s got to stop somewhere,” Hayslett explained, “what other misdemeanor offense do we have in the United States where the government can forcefully put a needle into your arm?”
The federal government says Florida has among the highest rates of breathalyzer refusal.
That’d be the Fourth Amendment being torched there, Mr. Maxham.
Indeed – Mothers Against Drunk Driving has become one of the most insidious attackers of liberty in this nation. Other enemies – Janet Napolitano, Julius “Seizure” Genachowski – come and go with different political waves. But MADD is always there, through “up” and “down” waves in civil liberty, always there to sap more of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments (and keep the police chasing after ever-more revenue, at the expense of all other law enforcement), no matter who’s in office.
But we’re not done yet, Mr. Maxham!