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

BOSTON (CBS) — 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.

Pam Wilmot, Executive Director of Common Cause, discusses the issue with WBZ political analyst Jon Keller.

Jon Keller offers his own analysis.

Comments (9)
  1. Denise says:

    Until actions result in consequences nobody will learn a lesson! They keep getting away with it so why not? Until there are real checks and balances this State and country are on the road to becoming much like the places most are trying to get away from! the only ones benefiting are the ones that don’t legally belong here! Give them everything… Tax the hard working stiffs and give them nothing in return! SSDD… that’s why they keep doing it and getting away with it!

  2. Stephen Stein says:

    We are justifiably proud to be a nation of laws so I’m not surprised we want to flaunt it sometimes. The trouble is, there are a lot of people here who feel entitled to flout them.

    But what I really want to know is – how is it that a guy who lives in East Providence, RI has a Massachusetts driver’s license? (DUIs or not?)

  3. taxedout says:

    Cope Cod sheriff’s employee on 67K a year disablity working in CA as a StuntMan Looks like it’s time to raise Taxes again cause we have cut to the bone!!! You people deserve it!!! State St Corp 400 jobs going, Bugaboo creeks closing more jobs lost, but as long as we are going in the right direction I have No problem…Let the losers You voted in again take care of you like they have in the past…Good luck

  4. mikey says:

    Turner should man-up like Matt Amorello but he never will. Turner’s self-denial marches on. Pathetic.

    Rangel should be in federal prison for income tax evasion.

  5. Stephen Stein says:

    I think Turner and Wilkerson sold themselves short! This Maryland councilwoman got $80,000 from developers.

    1. mikey says:

      I guess that neither Turner or Wilkerson are virgin bribees Steve.

      1. mikey says:

        In regard to my previous post, to be grammatically correct : I guess that neither Turner or Wilkerson is a virgin bribee Steve.

        Bribee is a word isn’t it?

  6. TeeKay says:

    Criminal politicians get re-elected by criminal friends who have positions somewhere in government thanks to the guys under the gold dome. (If your not criminal, than you’re stupid).The bigger the government, the more ‘questionable’ jobs going to ‘questionable’ people. Who wouldn’t vote for the person who gave you your gravy train job?

  7. taxedout says:

    Probation department getting overhauled…I know just the guy to take over that cesspool…Tim Cahill…Go get em Tijm!!!!

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