Gut Rumbles

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."

Here's why:

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.


Amen to that!

Posted by: imp on January 19, 2006 04:35 PM

So right on it's not funny. The more laws we break, the less respect we have for all laws. There should be a law that says any further laws must be accompanied by recinding a dopy law on the books already. The nanny state continues to grow and the sheeple don't seem to mind. Where's Jefferson when we really need him?

Posted by: JP on January 19, 2006 06:22 PM

Man, are you right on the button with this post. I especially like your final two sentences:That's what happens when you play a game with too many rules. Everybody cheats.And as you say, often itís because no one can remember all the rules.

Posted by: joated on January 19, 2006 07:23 PM

Not only does everyone cheat in the over-legislated polity, but civil society becomes a war of all against all.

Posted by: Brett on January 19, 2006 07:44 PM

What if the problem isn't "too many rules" or no "logic int the law", but Calvinball*? What if it's not cheating to make a new rule (i.e. law) solely for the legislators' own benefit? Would that change your position on "the laws"? (Or would it just make me agree more with your position?)*What better source for the definition of an imaginary cartoon character's game than Wikipedia?

Posted by: Scott Crawford on January 20, 2006 12:22 AM

The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.

Posted by: robert on January 20, 2006 08:51 AM

I have to agree. There are so many rules in the game that no one, short of the lawyers and cops, can possibly keep up. I'm sure that I break a law every day and am not even aware of it. And that is beside the ones that I regularly break consciously.

My general rule is it isn't illegal if you don't get caught. I would like to respect the laws of this country, and for the most part I do, but some of them are so ridiculous that they are undeserving of anyone's respect. And yes, most of the drug laws fall into that category. Dope is just God's way of thinning the herd. Although he hasn't got me yet.....

Posted by: DrugStore Cowboy on January 20, 2006 09:50 AM
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