Back in the 70s, drunk driving was the sort of crime most people expected to be ignored as not worth enforcing, like speeding or copyright is today. There was a sense that everyone does it, and it doesn't really hurt anyone. In fact, the FDA even produced a short film about the benefits of being drunk in the event of an accident, as your body will be more relaxed.
But as always happens, someone went a little too far and ruined it for everyone, in this case killing a twelve year old girl. Like most children her age, Cari Lightner had a mother, and that mother was mad. So mad she forgot how to spell, naming her crusade MADD, for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (later softened to Mothers Against Drunk Driving when the political correctness nazis got all "love the sinner, hate the sin" at her).
After a few years of whiny advertising and lobbying, MADD achieved its goal of eliminating all drunk driving related fatalities in the United States. But rather than disband, the group was taken over by neo-prohibitionists in a bloody coup which left founder Candy Lightner paralyzed and disillusioned.
The new, motherless MADD should probably let Word's spellchecker fix the 25 year old mistake and just call themselves Mothers Against Drinking, as their stated goal is to marginalize and ostracize anyone who consumes so much as a sip of alcohol. They're working towards this goal with misleading rhetoric, junk science and made up statistics, copying the model which worked so well for the anti-smoking zealots.
Most people have heard of MADD, but a lot of you probably haven't heard of its spiritual sister organization MADR (pronounced madder), Mothers Against Daughter Rape. Like MADD, MADR was started by the irate mothers of the victims of rape in South Africa, where it's estimated a woman or girl is raped every 26 seconds.
Rather than suffering in silence, MADR encourages mothers to speak out when their daughter is raped and shame the authorities into doing something about the problem. Where MADD had red ribbons, MADR is encouraging mothers to light a rape torch to raise awareness about the problem. The group says lighting a rape torch can also help speed up the grieving process, as it gives both the mother and daughter a feeling that they're doing something, rather than passively accepting their lot.
Who knows, if the rape torch becomes as ubiquitous as red ribbons used to be, ten years from now rape may be completely eliminated (outside of prison) like drunk driving was in the early nineties.
Today's comic was again drawn by guest artist Battle Dwarf, and is a continuation of Tuesday's comic. The saga will continue next week.