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A Walk In The Woods, Dumb-Assed Moves–And Show Me Your Papers!

May 7, 2010

A Walk In The Woods, Dumb-Assed Moves–And Show Me Your Papers!

My dear friend, Frank, challenged several of my statements just as I was leaving for “A Walk In The Woods”. I promised that when I came back, I would respond to his remarks. So here are my thoughts.

Frank: Why is legalized Gambling a dumb-assed move, but legalized tequila not similarly dumb?

Me: Once the Pandora’s Box of addictive or highly pleasurable activities are legalized (now, or formerly outlawed as vices that damage the public and the republic) such as gambling, pornography, other recreational drugs, or prostitution they are very unlikely to be successfully prohibited again. Alcohol is a good example (prohibition and its repeal). I agree that alcohol addiction is ruinous to individuals and to our culture. That is no reason to add to it other similarly ruinous vices through legalization, taxation, and governmental encouragement of those vices. I believe the damaging effects of these vices on individuals and culture are synergistic…that is..1 dumb move, plus 1 dumb move, plus 1 dumb move will equal the total magnitude of bad dumb-assed moves and outcomes of maybe 5 or 7. These are self-destructive cultural design mistakes.

Frank: I don’t believe that the Federal Government has done anything about toys in Happy Meals, you might be thinking about Santa Clara county in California.

Me: I am sorry, you are right. My mistake. This was not a Federal initiative, as I thought it was. However, governmental regulation of business to this level of triviality is a sample of what is now growing in our socioculture and it is antithetical to individual freedom and liberty and tp success in the business sector. Do you find it appropriate that the government (at any level) would legalize and therefore encourage the traditional vices discussed above but then outlaw a 5 cent toy in a Happy Meal? Should we move on to Cracker Jacks? What about trinkets in our cereal boxes? Perhaps you think that coupons in the Sunday newspaper should also go.

We could open a new governmental agency to monitor and to control these outrageous assaults on the health and welfare of our poor exploited citizens. That would be in keeping with the spirit of these times.

Frank: What is courageous about requiring everyone to carry their papers, and show them when asked? Isn’t that the kind of Big Government intrusion into our lives that you’re typically against? Will you be carrying your proof of citizenship with you in Michigan in case an officer suspects your right to be in the country? If you’re unwilling to do so…why is Arizona courageous?

Me: In my view it is courageous for a state to move against the will of the Federal Government, by enacting and enforcing just laws that mirror the Federal laws—that the Feds are refusing to enforce. To do so is to risk retribution from an expanding and increasingly draconian Central Government. In my view, it is a God-Given right of individuals and states to defend themselves from destruction. From what I can see, this is exactly what Arizona is doing. Moreover, the majority of US citizens support Arizona’s right to do so.

It is perfectly legal to stop, detain, question, and establish the identity of anyone in the US who is suspected of breaking the law. That is what is proposed to be done in Arizona, and soon other states,…and I know you know it.

If I were going into Canada my passport would have been demanded and I would have been happy to show it. Same if I were going into Mexico, which I did recently. The Mexicans not only checked my papers, they carried automatic weapons as they did. While in the U.P of Michigan I had to show my papers (identification to buy gas, food and other products with a credit card and to cash a check. I was not harmed or incensed by any of it. If I was pulled over for speeding I would expect and be happy to comply with the officers request (really a demand) for my papers (licence and car insurance). None of this is a big deal to me.

Under conditions of war and/or invasion, both of which I believe are ongoing, I am happy to show my papers upon demand at any time–and so should be any patriotic citizen.

Thanks Frank,

Tom


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