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When politicians discuss their support of gun control, they all seem to follow a specific script.  They (especially if male) talk about the guns that they own, their love of the 2nd Amendment, the role of guns in their family history, etc, etc.  It is a form of rhetorical in-grouping---linking their identity with that of the audience with whom they want to communicate (the "responsible" gun owners, as they would probably say).

It is fascinating to see just how regularly politicians heap praise on the 2nd Amendment---even when they may ignore other parts of the Constitution quite regularly.

Anyways, the lovefest around the 2nd Amendment got me thinking about another one of our amendments, the 21st Amendment--that which repealed Prohibition.

I wonder if, when politicians were creating or strengthening drunk driving laws, they delivered paeans to the 21st Amendment--maybe like this:

"I am and have always been a strong champion of our 21st Amendment rights.  I, myself, enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages--whether a glass of red wine with dinner or beer while watching a [Fill in local team name] game.  My family members all drink and drinking is deeply rooted in the culture of my family, and the culture of my constituents.  With the common sense legislation on drunk driving that we need, we are not taking away the ability of law-abiding, responsible adults to enjoy a drink.  However, we need to find ways to sensibly balance our 21st Amendment rights and the needs of public safety."

The trolls may or may not have been worse.

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  •  The difference is that the 21st Amendment... (0+ / 0-)

    ...doesn't establish alcohol as a right.

    Rather, it explicitly leaves open the space for states and territories to make laws regulating and even banning alcoholic beverages:

    The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.
    There's nothing in the 21st Amendment that says anything about alcoholic beverages as a right. The 2nd, for better or worse, does explicitly describe keeping and bearing arms as a right.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:15:06 PM PST

  •  I am not entirely certain what your point is (0+ / 0-)

    unless it is to make fun of the way some politicians artificially generate their positions on the 2nd.  In this case, I would say it is generally well deserved.  My experience is that they usually try to walk a middle line with them and your right, couch it in terms of some family tradition.  

    As of right now, I sit here reading DKos, responding to this thread and enjoying some bourbon, thanks to my 21st amendment rights and  contemplating on the fact that as with all rights its needs to be handled responsibly.  Right off the top of my head, I can easily say the same thing about the right to speech and the right to vote and the responsibilities associated with being part of the jury system.

  •  To me it says (0+ / 0-)

    they really don't want to be like the senators and representitives that got fired when their base turned on them in the election following the last assault weapons ban.

    It happened here we voted out our very own speaker of the house. We are pretty much a democratic state.

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:16:56 PM PST

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