January 19, 2006
exceptions to the rule
I found this post the other day and totally agreed with the writer. I consider myself to be an honest person and a good citizen, the kind of guy you'd like to have for a neighbor. But I am by no means "law abiding."
The ceaseless proliferation of laws and regulations dissipates the power to enforce any law, while simultaneously encouraging the common man to elevate his personal ethic above all of them.
I don't know precisely when the purpose of government morphed from protecting "Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness" into "Micro-Managing Your Life Down to the Molecular Level," but it has. That's why almost EVERYBODY is a lawbreaker today, even if he doesn't mean to be. We simply have too many goddam laws to keep track of 'em all anymore and government continues to spit new ones out like seeds at a watermelon-eating contest.
Hell, some of the laws are downright criminal themselves. I won't even touch on the excesses and abuses rampant in the War on (Some) Drugs. I don't have that much bandwidth. But environmental regulations that forbid me to cut weeds on my own property because an endangered needle-dicked bugfucker lives there, "immenent domain" law that says government can confiscate my property on a whim and anti-smoking ordinances are just a few examples of government run amok.
Why is it legal for a woman to have an abortion but illegal for the same woman to rent the box the baby came in? Does that make sense? If it's her body and she has the "right to choose" to dispose of an inconvienent pregnancy, why can't she market a little pussy, too? It's the same body and it seems to me that it's the same right to choose.
Don't look for logic in the law; you won't find much. That's the problem with passing so many laws--- really stupid ones are bound to be in the mix, and those stupid laws foster disrespect for law in general. Once a person decides, "I ain't gonna follow THAT stupid rule," making exceptions to the rule becomes easy. The only REAL rule becomes, "Do it--- just don't get caught."
That's what happens when you play a game with too many rules. Everybody cheats.
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