Gut Rumbles

November 08, 2004


Think about this for a moment:

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all. -H. L. Mencken

Oppressive laws may be aimed at scoundrels at first, but the government never fails to warp that law to whatever purpose it chooses farther down the road. Just look at the rico Act, for crying out loud. That law was supposed to target organized crime. It morphed into a tort-lawyer's wet dream instead, becoming a vehicle to pilot lawsuits against Tobacco Companies, abortion clinics, and whatever else some clever lawyer could dream up. Rico didn't destroy Organized Crime, but it damn sure destroyed a lot of our liberty.

That's why I don't like the Patriot Act. If it CAN be abused, government and lawyers will abuse it. It's not a question of when, but how and how badly. I love my country, but I don't trust my government and I have no use at all for fucking lawyers. Maggots.

Give me a lone scoundrel who wants to break into my house, do me harm and steal my things. I believe that I can deal with him.

But if government scoundrels or lawyers get after your ass, you are fucked. Period. Even if you're innocent of any crime, you'll go broke trying to prove it and clear your name. An ordinary citizen cannot win a fight against the State. That's an implacable, heartless, soul-less entity, made up of thousands of heads, all part of a Borg Collective, and it will grind you to sawdust if you dare attract its fancy.

The time to stop oppressive laws passed long ago in this country. We're stuck with an oppressive government now, because government NEVER gives up power once it has it, and it always wants more. What it can't get through legislation, it attempts to get through the courts. Citizens are meat for the sausage grinder.

And that's gonna happen no matter who is President. We just have too many got-dam laws today.


Amen brother! The Patriot Act I think will prove to be the realization of '1984'!!

Posted by: Michele on November 8, 2004 04:59 AM

The endless Wars on Vice put paid to true liberty a long time ago. The Patriot Act and Rico are just fresh icing on that stale confection.

Posted by: Brett on November 8, 2004 08:01 AM

Talk about attracting its fancy. You've done it now! It's just a matter of time before a Borg drone comes crashing through your door proclaiming, "Resistance is futile!"

Posted by: Robert on November 8, 2004 08:59 AM

I've long considered a law that any time a new law is passed and old one must be removed. I've been thinking about it and can't find anything wrong with that. Any thoughts? Anyone?

Posted by: StinKerr on November 8, 2004 09:23 AM

I have a little story for you:

Last week my husband decided to open a second checking account in his name. He does not believe in credit cards-thus has none, is not a student, and has never travelled to another country.

Washington Mutual refused to let him open an account on the grounds that he could not provide a second identification. Sorry, a BIRTH CERTIFICATE and SS card do not count as identification. "Do you have a credit card, a student id, or a passport?"

We were shocked, needless to say. The reason given was the Patriot Act the effort of our government to stop terrorist funding.

Posted by: raena on November 8, 2004 12:58 PM

I don't think we know the half of what will come of this "war on terror".

The question is, how do you avoid attracting its fancy, when its every effort is bent upon knowing everything about everyone (for our safety, of course)?

The very act of trying to avoid notice makes you automatically suspicious.

Posted by: Desert Cat on November 8, 2004 07:39 PM

Fascism is the logical extension of all political endeavor.

Posted by: Bob in the hills on November 8, 2004 07:43 PM

No truer words were ever said.

Posted by: Fortune's Fool on November 8, 2004 08:41 PM

At least the PA has a sunset provision. I wish all laws had a time limit.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on November 9, 2004 04:54 AM

StinKerr, I think you're on the right track with the removing of the old law when I new one is made. Don't you think more thought would go into the laws if they had to remove two for every new one though? C'mon there are a lot of silly old laws, and how many new ones are we going to need?

Posted by: Kathryn on November 9, 2004 12:39 PM

We get miserable laws like this because politicians -- of all people, politicians! -- tend to forget that politics always goes in cycles, the worm always turns. So they forget the principle that one should always craft laws as if your bitterest political enemies will administer them. Because sooner or later, THEY WILL!

Posted by: Steve Teeter on November 12, 2004 04:16 PM
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