By Jon Keller, WBZ-TV/WBZ News RadioBy Jon Keller

It was just a brief item on the news wire over the weekend, about a 52-year-old man busted early Saturday morning in Seekonk allegedly driving drunk. 1:20 a.m. and he’s weaving across the double yellow line at high speed, police say. Just thank God you or your loved one wasn’t coming the opposite way at that moment.

But what really caught my eye about this case was the fact that, according to police, the perp had an active Massachusetts driver’s license – despite the fact that this was his ninth DUI arrest.

Let me repeat that – he had a valid license even though he had been busted for drunk driving eight times before.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the drunk driving laws being, essentially, ignored, and I doubt it will be the last. And the truth is flaunting the law is something of a national pastime for all sorts of folks at all levels of our society.

We’re all still suffering from the contempt with which many of the top financiers in our country treated federal laws governing transactions. And just last week we were treated to the spectacle of 79 members of the US House voting against the censure of New York Congressman Charles Rangel, who violated a host of ethics laws in order to line his own pockets and cheated on his income taxes for 17 years even as he was overseeing tax policy.

While we’re at it, let’s throw in the crowd of folks who rallied outside City Hall last week in defense of former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner who maintains he did “nothing wrong” despite the video that shows him palming a bribe. It seems, does it not, that a whole lot of important and powerful people don’t think the law applies to them.

It’s bad enough when some sad, reckless drunk operates under that principle. But when our alleged leaders of the public and private sectors ignore the law to, it’s a warning that we’re a culture in trouble because we’re saying we believe in the rule but acting as if we don’t.

Jon Keller looks into why politicians who break the law are still re-elected.

Comments (10)
  1. Cynic says:

    Why is it that you type in a comment,put in your name and E-Mail,click Submit Comment and the comment disarrears?

  2. Cynic says:

    Of course Disarrears…Should be Disappears…but the screen with that washed out blue color makes it very difficult to proof read your comment to correct typos

  3. Kathy Nolan Deschenes says:

    I agree with you and her that it’s self interest. Survival instinct? Or just another day in America?

  4. taxedout says:

    We here in Mass Love our Crooks!!!!

  5. mikey says:

    Better the devil you know ( than the devil you don’t ).

    1. Stephen Stein says:

      A lot of truth here. And also, once you get in the habit of voting for someone, you’ll continue to do so – switching your allegiance means having to say you were wrong before, and that’s tough for people t do.

  6. Ellen says:

    Jon, I come from an Irish Catholic family, and they would vote for a Kennedy, any Kennedy just because the family was Irish Catholic, so it’s like what Sonny and Cher use to sing, And The Beat Goes On.

    1. mikey says:

      Oh Ellen!

      What do you think about Chuck Turner blaming ” the Irish ” for his expulsion from the Boston City Council?

  7. jv says:

    How can Chuck Turner give his staff a $1000 bonus from his budget? As a town employee we can not even accept more than $50 total over the course of a year. All employees had to take an online exam to that effect. So what gives?

  8. JBGabriel says:

    Pols who break the law get re-elected because the electorate does not have the integrity it once had. That is why our country is in such sad shape.

    “There can be no national greatness which does not rest upon the integrity of the people.” – Calvin Coolidge

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