Is personal responsibility dead?
More often than not, it’s conservatives saying it is. On the left, we’ll commonly see problems blamed on “the system” or “society,” before they dare put the blame on themselves. That’s usually in the context of public policy, but with Donald Trump’s win, there’s a new person on which to blame everything.
Even drunk driving.
Via The Star Tribune:
A day after Americans voted for president, an extremely drunken motorist rammed into two vehicles stopped at a traffic signal in Lino Lakes and explained to police afterward that she was drinking to drown her sorrows over Donald Trump’s victory, authorities said.
Elizabeth L. Lundberg, who turned 33 years old while in the Anoka County jail, is charged with gross-misdemeanor counts of criminal vehicular operation and third-degree driving while intoxicated in connection with the crash late Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Main Street and Lake Drive.
The criminal complaint said a preliminary breath test measured the St. Paul woman’s blood alcohol content a few hours after the crash at .33 percent, more than four times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.
“We heard a new excuse for driving over 4 times the legal limit and hitting two vehicles at a stop light Wednesday afternoon,” read the posting on the Police Department’s Facebook page.
Despite Lundberg’s slurred speech and failing to spell her name for police, according to the charges, she was able to articulate the motivation for her intoxication. “I am upset over the outcome of the election and you should let me go home,” the police Facebook posting quoted the driver as saying.
Well, you have to give her credit for being creative.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]