Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Just plain gone MADD

MADD is in an uproar over a Liberal ad circulating in a Nova Scotia riding:

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has accused a Nova Scotian Liberal candidate of trivializing their message, "Friends don't let friends drive drunk."

Gary Richard, the Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley candidate, is using the slogan "Friends don't let friends vote Conservative" in his campaign pamphlets.

The similarity of the two slogans has upset the president of the Cobequid Chapter of MADD.

"We're disappointed with it. We feel it trivializes a very serious message about driving impaired," Kathleen Foster-Alfred said.

[..] "I think it's a little late in the game at this point for them to stop using it. I'm not sure what the point would be," she said.

Foster-Alfred also said MADD doesn't have a copyright on the slogan. But she hopes people using similar slogans in the future will consider the impact of its use on MADD's goal to get rid of drunk driving.
A google search for "friends don't let friends" will quickly reveal how cliched this slogan really is. Until the MADD people track down the copyrighted owner of these four words and purchase the exclusive rights to this utterance, they've no more right than Cindy Sheehan to use the phrase.

As for the Liberal ad itself, well I have thought about it and yes it's true that a vote for a Conservative candidate is a vote for Stephen Harper in the sense that he is the Leader of the Party, and so in the same sense, a vote for a Liberal candidate is a vote for Paul Martin, and a vote for an NDP candidate a vote for Jack Layton.

Go away all of you. Your blattering clutters the airwaves.

HT: Nealenews

1 Comment:

Little Tobacco said...

MADD has become a Temperance movement. Not conent with going after drunk drivers thay now want to lower the criminal blood-alchol limit to go after the law abiding.