Montana Republican Says Drunkenness is “Way of Life”; Opposes DUI Laws

TEA party legislator Alan Hale yesterday made an impassioned speech on the floor of the Montana statehouse for the elimination of all DUI laws.  Intelligent Discontent has the story and the must watch video.

Alan Hale, a frosh legislator from Basin, MT, says that “taverns and bars connect people together” and are “the centers of our communities”.  To get to them, says Hale, “you must drive,” and thus DUI laws “are destroying a way of life” and should be eliminated.

Of course, Hale should know: he’s a bar owner, so I guess he’s doing a little self-dealing in his new job as legislator.

Generally, Republicans have had a long and difficult romance with alcohol in Montana— what with the heavy-drinking Congressman and his many drinking escapades, the Secretary of State who ran for office from rehab in 2010, the last governor’s chief-of-staff who drove drunk and killed the speaker of the House, and numerous GOP legislators who have recently been busted for drinking and driving and drinking and boating.

A few months back, Governor Schweitzer was harshly attacked by the GOP for having suggested publicly that the new GOP legislature legislature would have its share of “big boozers.” Schweitzer discovered data that showed a huge spike in liquor sales when the legislature convenes in Helena.

The GOP senate president saw an opportunity (and took the bait): he quickly penned an OpEd (entitled “Schweitzer Insults Sober, Hardworking Lawmakers“), decrying Schweitzer for having dared to suggest that alcohol has any meaningful presence during the legislative session.

A few days later, the GOP senate judiciary committee chairman was pulled over when a cop spied him drinking a homemade “red beer” (a special, yummy mixture of beer and tomato juice) while driving home from the statehouse.


22 Comments on "Montana Republican Says Drunkenness is “Way of Life”; Opposes DUI Laws"

  1. GOP use to mean grand old party, now I think it just means party, party, party.

  2. Usually Republicans are do as I say not as I do, so I’d expect them to support harsh DUI laws for us little people, but with built in loopholes for the Wealthy. But this bunch really seems to fear no one, kind of like Charlie Sheen…. they really think that they’ll be re-elected…I think they all need to be drug tested/interviewed by mental health professionals

  3. Nobody has ever asked my political preference when I went into a bar or liquor store.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | March 29, 2011 9:55 PM at 9:55 PM |

    That dumb bastard Hale is givin’ ALL of us drunks a bad name! Hey Hale, just STFU, you moron! I KNOW what you’re TRYIN’ to say, but you sound like a drunk sarah palin! Here in Montana it’s have a shot, shovel some beer, and SHUT THE F*K UP! Shot, shovel, and shut the f*k up!………and then take the back roads home. Slowly. And safely of course. We all do it. We’ve all done it. Well prolly do it again! It IS our culture. But the idiot drunks out there are ruining things for us by gettin’ sh*tfaced and KILLING people! That has to stop. THAT is why the Lege is forced into the draconian laws! You should REALLY be chastising the idiot drunks who kill people!

  5. Alan Hale is against Medical Marjuana …

    89. Alan Hale (R / HD 77)

    Tax & Regulate: “No, Here in montana we are already seeing massive abuses
    in the so called medical use. I see no reason to think that marijuana is
    any more affective for pain relief than other pain medications. If pcp is
    that good then place it in capsuls and distribute it out of the pharmacies.
    ” Hemp: “I will have look into the issue further before making a
    decision.” Helena Indepent Record, May 20, 2010: “I’m not in favor of
    medical marijuana, period. Here we are worrying about DUIs and smoking, but
    now they’ve passed a law allowing people to smoke marijuana and get high.
    I think the Legislature should repeal that law.”

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | March 29, 2011 10:26 PM at 10:26 PM |

      He WHAT??? Oooo boy! Now THAT really pisses me off! What a friggin’ MORON! I can stand a drunk, but I CAN’T stand a freakin’ HYPOCRITE! What a puke. I like booze, and another dude might like some doobie. Big deal. Guess that Hale don’t like NUTHIN’ that the tavern ass. don’t like! What a freakin’ jerk. He’s simply a pimp for the tavern’s ass.!

    • Liver Free or Dye | April 1, 2011 5:56 AM at 5:56 AM |

      Rep. Hale owns a bar. DUI laws help society, hurt him. Medical marijuana laws help society, hurt him.

      Like ANY good Republican, when given the choice between benefiting society and benefiting himself, society will always lose.

  6. Lt. Col (Ret., Army) Rich Liebert | March 29, 2011 11:18 PM at 11:18 PM |

    Mr. Hale, WTF!!!?? My uncle’s first wife was killed by DRUNK driver and we cannot tolerate doing nothing. The penalties must be increased to send a message, and keep our roads safer. I spent years driving thousands of miles in MT to attend military training and I wonder how I survived the roads filled with the
    likes of Mr. Hale’s ‘stellar’ clients, half bombed and reciting the Cowboy Code I ‘betcha! (FYI – COWBOY CODE WENT TO BOOT HILL!)

  7. Lt. Col (Ret., Army) Rich Liebert | March 29, 2011 11:22 PM at 11:22 PM |

    We can only wonder what’s in the ‘tea’ folks? It’s a bitter brew that should NOT be forgotten when Christmas 2011 comes around, as we remind the kids, the blind, the deaf, the hungry, destitute veterans, and the sick where they can truly find the the ‘Party of Scrooge’ at the tea (Koch,, and no friends of real soldiers) party.

  8. How DARE big gubmint tell me I can’t runs over people when I’m shitfaced!! TYRANY! Oathkeepers, mount up!!

  9. Job creation for funeral parlors! This could be a real growing industry in Montana! You keep fightin’ Hale!

  10. First off let me clear something up. Alan Hale is not a bar owner. His wife manages a bar in Basin, but they do not, nor have they ever, owned the bar. This being said, I have personally heard Rep. Hale state otherwise, but that is beside the point.
    If this jack wagon is going to keep spouting off on the House floor with this garbage about how DUI laws are ruining the Montana way of life, then he needs to listen to his constituents! I don’t want people like Rep. Hale thinking they speak for the people of Montana. This guy is a joke, and I hope the people who voted him in are watching what type of “Republican” they put in office. I’m a Republican, but I keep that quiet because I don’t want to be associated with his broodish behavior and ignorant rants.

  11. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | March 30, 2011 9:15 AM at 9:15 AM |

    I see this a.m. that tom milgalvry got ALL upset ’cause the Dems in the lege made fun of birther bob’s gold standard bill. Gee, isn’t that too bad. These teawankers are frickin’ SIN VERGUENZA! What arrogance! They stroll in with all kinds of insane, moronic, goofy bills, and YET tiny tommy expects them to be debated seriously! Well, they’re serious allright. Seriously REETARDED! Why SHOULDN’T we make fun of birther bob, spear man, jumbo jimmy, skeester, and all the other nutjobs in the lege? Sorry, tom, but when you morons STOP sending people to the lege who AREN’T morons, then maybe we can debate seriously. But until then, you get what you deserve. A bill gets the respect it deserves.

  12. I’m an Independent and survivor of a drunk driver, I spent 3 years learning to walk and talk… If you want to drink I don’t care just don’t drive. Bar owners/managers need to be more proactive if they want to stay in Business. When I was working as a Bartender I’ve taken keys, given rides home, called cabs etc.

  13. How about especial roads for drunk drivers?–Tax liquor and cigarettes–and pot; so they will be able to drive where they have to on special roads for their use only…

  14. I needed a pick me up this afternoon. This is hilarious. Three of my coworkers are in stitches. Montana never fails to come through on a slow news day.

  15. And this is why we have the word “Moron”…

  16. Liver Free or Dye | April 1, 2011 6:03 AM at 6:03 AM |

    Yet more proof that 50 states is WAAAAY too many.

    Time to start thinin’ the herd is what I say.

  17. First, I find it difficult to consider driving drunk cultural. Yes, drinking is a social function. I am a social drinker. But, I do not considered driving drunk part of my culture. I’m pretty sure it’s not part of any other culture too. I enjoy the feeling alcohol gives me; but, I prefer to do my social drinking at coffee bars. Is Mr. Hale was smart, he would make some sort of deal with public transportation or cab companies for discount rates for his customers. He could even start his own anti-dui cab company. Just sayin’.

  18. Ya think? I’ve lost 2 friends thanks to a drunk driver who was driving on a (drumroll please!) suspended license for a DUI, you asshole!

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