September 17, 2013, - 5:55 pm

Prohibition 2.0: Obama Seeks to End Drinking, Put Bars, Restaurants Outta Biz – NO Joke

By Debbie Schlussel

I’m not from the big drinkers (I barely drink alcohol ever and haven’t had a beer in years–the extent of my drinking is at Jewish religious observances and an occasional glass of wine while relaxing). But even I know how ridiculous the Obama Administration’s latest attempt to re-institute the Prohibition is. Obama’s hand-picked transportation safety officials are seeking to set a national blood alcohol level limit of .05. I never drink when I know I’ll be driving, but since I’m petite, that would mean I could not drink even a single beer before driving. And for most average-sized men, it could mean 1-2 beers. It’s an incredibly low blood-alcohol limit, and will put bars and restaurants out of business. Frankly, I think they should have kept the previous .10 limit and not lowered it to .08.


Drink Up, Bitches. If the Obamas Have Their Way, It May Be Your Last Drink

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board defended the agency’s proposal to lower the legal limit for drunken driving from .08 percent blood-alcohol content to .05 or lower. The NTSB voted 5-0 in May to recommend dropping the legal blood-alcohol limits, but it has garnered little support. No state has yet moved to take the action. NTSB chair Debbie Hersman said in a speech Monday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore that she was confident the proposal would ultimately be adopted, despite what seems like insurmountable opposition.

“That recommendation — like a fire-breathing dragon — unleashed a firestorm of criticism,” Hersman said, recounting the backlash from critics, editorial writers and others. . . . Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have declined to endorse the lower limits. Hersman didn’t back down. “You know what, they said the same thing about moving from .10 to .08,” she said. Hersman said she is “confident” the U.S. will eventually adopt the tougher limits.

She said big business would fight against the proposal. “Slaying the alcohol-impaired dragon won’t be easy. Just like with smoking, there’s big business and industry that wants to keep the status quo,” Hersman said. NHTSA has said it doesn’t have the data to support NTSB’s proposal. The Governors Highway Safety Association and MADD both declined to endorse the proposal. It took two decades starting in 1984 for the states to drop impaired driving limits from .10 to .08.

Make no mistake, Hersman’s proposal is Obama’s proposal. She does his bidding. And she wouldn’t be doing this if the Obamas didn’t want their noses in your liquor cabinet. This is more of Obama big government in your diet . . . again. The Obamas, of course, are chauffeured everywhere, so they need not worry about this like the average guy (or chick). And–wait a sec–isn’t it Muslims who want to take your alcohol away? Hmmm . . . Obama’ actions mimic Islamic theocratic statism more and more.

I doubt a .05 national blood alcohol limit will happen. I don’t think bars and restaurants will stand for such a ridiculous proposal. But, then, stranger things have happened. We are in the early stages of ObamaCare, and no one believed that would happen either.

Uncle Sam, er . . . Uncle Barry, stay out of my wine glass.

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42 Responses

When they dropped it from .10 to .08, accidents didn’t decrease. Revenue for the cities increased. As it is, you can get a DWI with less than a .08….. MADD is largely responsible for this agenda. Its hard to get mad at victims, but MADD is not about helping victims, it is about prohibition. They have openly admitted it.

Forsberg on September 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm


    “MADD is largely responsible for this agenda. Its hard toget mad at victims, but MADD is not about helping victims, it is about prohibition.”

    I think you’re onto something there Forsberg, if MADD is responsible for such rubbish, then to me, they’re like a political organization (assuming that they’re a lobbying group) and should be held to a higher standard, if that’s the case what you’ve implied in your comment of them pushing a pro-prohibition agenda to benefit for them financially?

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on September 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

“This fascist $&!t makes me want to puke!” John Spartan – Demolition Man.

larry durham on September 17, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Sylvester Stallone for President!

    Seek on September 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm

It makes sense to stop drunk driving!

However, I think the existing limits are adequate enough and the government has no business preventing people from drinking responsibly!

Like Debbie, I’m not a social drinker but I think that new proposed rule carries alcohol zealotry to an unreasonable excess.

Obama not only wants to be your doctor, now he wants to be your bartender! Enough already.

NormanF on September 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Has the added benefit of incremental Sharia, too.

DS_ROCKS! on September 17, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Exactly. You are right on target here.

    Victoryman on September 18, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I think that pretty much captures the thinking. Thank you for saying it first.

    DJH on September 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

President Obama is only following the law as his religion dictates. It is written in Hadith – Al-Tirmidhi, “…don’t drink wine for it is the key to every evil.”

RA: Perhaps you missed it, but I noted that this is an Islamic prohibition that he is trying to enact. DS

Ralph Adamo on September 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I’m sure our President has not forgotten the revenue-raising aspects of lowering the alcohol limit.

Little Al on September 17, 2013 at 7:24 pm

It is ironic that the Obama Administration is taking the opposite tack with drug laws and their enforcement.

worry01 on September 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm

That’s all we need.
The last time we had Prohibition, we also got stuck with a significant mob presence in the USA.

Michelle on September 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    And the resulting Kennedy dynasty.

    Pete on September 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

Here in California I always believed if they wanted to really curtail drunk driving, stop closing the clubs and bars @ 2:00a, and let them stay open. Don’t serve alcohol, but let people dry out, it never made sense to me, they serve alcohol until 2, then close, and kick everyone out. The only city that has after hours spots is S.F.

Big D on September 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm

“And–wait a sec–isn’t it Muslims who want to take your alcohol away? Hmmm . . . Obama’s actions mimic Islamic theocratic statism more and more.”

Exactamo! If you didn’t say it I was gonna say it.

Sunni Moooooooslim. I hope everyone is paying attention to this. My antenna went up on this fact a bit ago and now I am focused like a laser beam on it.

We elected the enemy. Twice.

Skunky on September 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    This is a bit much considering a raging alcoholic couldn’t do a better job wrecking the country. Obama really is America’s self destruct president for a self destruct generation.
    What a joke.

    Frankz on September 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I’m certainly no fan of Obama’s, but I don’t understand why you think this would equal prohibition. In many European countries the permissible blood alcohol is lower than here, some even have zero tolerance and people have adapted. Designated drivers, cabs, public transport, etc.

Peter Zimmermann on September 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Last time I checked this is AMERICA I don’t give a rats ass what other countries do…….MORON

    Ronin on September 17, 2013 at 10:47 pm

      Yeah, like we always do everything so much better than everyone else. Ad hominem is all you can reply (look it up in the dictionary)

      Peter Zimmermann on September 17, 2013 at 11:43 pm

        The ad hominem argument was secondary. Learn how to read.

        Little Al on September 18, 2013 at 1:02 am

        PZ, I was hoping someone would tell you where to go. I sat back to see if someone would. Glad they did. Short & sweet.

        Planes leave for Europe everyday, PZ. Why not ‘op on one and go to the Utopia of your choice?

        Only a zombie victim like you could miss the whole gist of this post and start crapping on about European ways.

        If you had a brain you would see the underlying issue of this post is MORE of a problem in your beloved Europe than here as of yet. But you missed that. LOL. To the little kids Thanksgiving table for YOU. You’re still into greasy kids stuff.

        Skunky on September 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Israel has .05

      Peter Zimmermann on September 17, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    So, because they are further along on the sharia scale, we should be too?

    Pete on September 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

I have a buddy presently fighting a DUI. His blood alcohol level was 0.0% as he was arrested following a fender-bender. The cop insisted he was “impaired”. He was taken to a local hospital and blood was drawn with results confirming the 0.0% from the Breathalizer. Additionally he had the presence of a prescription narcotic analgesic at the ng/dl level (nanograms per decaliter) from oral surgery a few day prior. He took his eyes off the road after dropping a cigarette, but now nearly 10k later he is still fighting it. I think we have been headed in this direction for quite some time sadly.

#1 Vato on September 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Everyone must be in Jail all the time. It’s for your safety.

jack on September 18, 2013 at 12:31 am

Two words:

Designated Driver.


You’re welcome

ebayer on September 18, 2013 at 2:24 am


Here are some suggestions to react to this news:

1. Initiate protests of bars, restaurants, State Liquor Stores, distributors, wineries, breweries, and importers of foreign alcoholic beverages.

2. If you own one of the above, shut it down IMMEDIATELY.

3. Demand that no Congressman / woman, Senator, Military Personnel, Government Official / Employee, Retiree, Police, or Foreign Dignitary on U.S. SOIL have access to alcoholic beverages nor will they be served at any government function!

4. No more Tailgate Parties. No Champagne at boat launches, car races, Kentucky Derbies, World Series, Stanley Cup, etc.

5. Retire the Budweiser Horses!!!

6. Disband Alcoholics Anonymous.

Get the picture. Give these guys what they want AND THEN LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF WHEN THE TAX STREAM DRIES-UP AND THEY CRY


Dennis on September 18, 2013 at 7:36 am

Since Obama is muslim and muslims are not suppose to drink. This is just another small way to implement Sharia Law into the USA. Little by little Obama is trying to make America into a muslim country.

UKC: Perhaps you didn’t read this very carefully, as I noted the Muslim aspect to this. DS

UncleKenC on September 18, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I dislike groups such as MADD as much as Debbie, but comments such as yours make conservatives look paranoid and ridiculous. Obama is not a “Muslim.” He is, however, possessed of a very real authoritarian instinct. And it comes out in issues such as drunk driving.

    Seek on September 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

Now he’s gone too far. This may be another ploy by the gubmint to raise money from DUI’s. A .05 limit will mean any cop could stop any driver exiting a bar’s parking lot and get a .05% reading.

Lou on September 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

@Dennis, my browser could be off, but there is no mention of alcohol in that article you posted.. I don’t see how it’s relevant.

Titanic Dude on September 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Hello T D,

    That’s the point…WATER will be the Drink (mandated of course) of Choice! You will have no choice in the matter, plus, how is water distribution in metropolitan areas done???

    By the Government’s – City, County, State – WATER BOARDS & WATER COMMISSIONERS.

    So, when rates and taxes increase, what are you going to do?

    Here’s the real message found in:

    “Whatever you do,” cried Brer Rabbit, “Don’t throw me into the briar patch”, or how to get recalcitrant idiots to do what you want.

    Reverse psychology to make the New Prohibitionists / Temperance Movement choke on what they wish for since we make them choke on those wishes a la Al Capone, Speak Easies. Bootleggers, etc. BTW…Detroit was a favorite crossing point from Canada.

    Education, not onerous laws, is the solution.


    Dennis on September 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Isn’t there a better class of Libtard trolls here? They are so stupid and far behind it’s pathetic to behold.

    Can’t even follow B to C. Sheesh. I know it’s a mental disorder but even some rudimentary intelligence skills you would THINK they had.

    Skunky on September 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

And the sad thing is, those “evil” corporate restaurants employ many of the idiots who vote for this kind of nanny state bullshat. Its a phenomenon that’s NEVER, in the 15 years I’ve been in the industry, made sense to me. Especially considering how hard one has to work; the long hours, nights, weekends, holidays & family time that one has to give up in order to make a living doing it.

Just baffling.

Cicero's Ghost (NB) on September 18, 2013 at 10:03 am

It is known that countless numbers of red-light cameras have short yellow lights. Do people really think that blood alcohol levels will always be recorded accurately? An .03 could easily be recorded by these bozos as an .05 or higher.

Having said that though, I’ve never seen the point of drinking, even aside from the short-term and long-term health damage that it causes.

Little Al on September 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

Sounds like Erdogan.

Olen on September 18, 2013 at 11:17 am

When does it end? Next they’ll be using drones to spy on backyards to see how many beers/drinks you have on your patio while you’re BBQ’ing or laying by the pool.

Orwellian times we live in……

IceNoMore on September 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Fewer than half of the traffic deaths are blamed on “involves alcohol”. I was told by an Illinois State Cop that “involves alcohol” includes any person in any involved vehicle has been drinking, then it “involves alcoho0l”. Since fewer than half of the traffic accidents “involve alcohol”, that really makes sobriety look great, doesn’t it?

John Harvey on September 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I guess I am going to start looking to buy a Tommy Gun and a Fedora hat because I’ll go full Al Capone bootlegger if they ban alcohol.

Habib Akbarovich on September 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

And the ghost of Al Capone shall rise….I’m scouting possible speak-easy sites as I’m writing.

Kent on September 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

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