Friday, July 19th, 2019

Parental rights hating politicians in the 97th

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Four candidates in the 97th Assembly district, Vince Trovato, Kathleen Cummings, Joe Banske and Aaron Perry, went to a candidate forum on drinking, smoking and drugs. (Add firearms and they could have had a really good time.) They must have checked their belief in freedom and parental rights at the door.

Prohibition politicians from left to right: Joe Banske, Kathleen Cummings, Aaron Perry and Vince Trovato

Prohibition politicians from left to right: Joe Banske, Kathleen Cummings, Aaron Perry and Vince Trovato


Wisconsin has a loophole in the 21-year-old drinking age. Someone under the age of 21 can drink in a bar or restaurant if “accompanied by a
parent, guardian, or spouse of legal drinking age
.” We can all think of situations that fit. For example, a husband and wife go to dinner and he’s 23 and she’s 20 (or vice versa). A family dinner at a restaurant to celebrate an accomplishment and champagne is served. The kid is French. And so on.

But these wannabe Carrie Nations want to swing their axe at parental rights and ban alcohol for the underage – period.

Cummings even went so far as to say that a parent having a drink in front of their kid is setting a poor example. “If you can’t not refrain from alcohol in a public place with your children, what example are you setting? You’re saying it’s okay.”

Yes, yes it is okay. It’s okay for me, as a responsible adult, to have a drink in front of my children. It’s also okay for me to decide when, under my direct supervision, a child of mine can have a glass of wine or beer.

I also think that any restaurant that does not want to serve my child has that right, too. But we don’t need the government and a bunch of modern Prohibitionists to make that decision for parents, taverns and restaurants.

Remember, these are the Republican candidates that are saying this. It’s enough to drive a conservative to drink.

The discussion begins at the 9:57 mark.

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