Wisdom? Get some!

Animal lays out a very simple truth about emotion and legislation

Not all problems have  solutions.  The cry after an event is always for government to “do something!”  (More on this and its associated ratchet effect tomorrow; stay tuned) but too many of the solutions proposed are based not on reason, but on emotion.  Truth told, that’s the case for all too much legislation today; that’s the truth for plenty of policy debates and, indeed, election campaigns.

Be prepared, True Believers; another round of cure-worse-than-the-disease is in the offing.

One thing that really bothered me watching the President’s meeting on school safety yesterday was all the cries of “feeling” safe. The teens, and some of the adults kept talking about the government doing something to make the students feel safe. Talk about the ultimate impossibility. First of all government is never going to be able to legislate feelings is it? It is madness to even contemplate such a thing.

The second thing that disturbed me was how the president, or Congress needed to make sure “nothing like this ever happens again”. Sorry, this is fairytale mentality. The government cannot guarantee bad things will not happen. The big truth these kids are missing is this. Evil exists, it always has, and always will. No government can prevent all evil. No police force, no matter how well trained, can stop every evil deed.

It is a very dangerous proposition to call on government to “do something” to protect our feelings, or to stop all bad people. Not only does it abdicate our individual duty to protect ourselves, but it empowers government to a point where individual liberties are rendered null and void.

Leave it to Democrats

Animal has a tale of a Democrat wishing to trample liberty

Senate candidate from Texas wants to make year of ‘service to country’ mandatory.  My reply:  Fuck off, slaver.  Excerpts follow, with my comments:

CORSICANA, Texas – Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke hopes to introduce a bill to Congress this year that would require all young people to spend at least a year “in service to this country.”

Get that, True Believers?  Required.  No opting out.  Everybody is required, by law, to participate, or else (presumably) the Imperial government will send men with guns out to get you; compliance will be forced.  Under the law only government can legally initiate the use of force, and would-be Senator O-Rourke is proposing to do so, to use men with guns to enforce this idiotic law.

There’s a word for involuntary servitude encoded in law, Mr. O’Rourke, and it ain’t a pretty one.

O’Rourke, who currently represents the 16th District of Texas, which includes El Paso, held a town hall in Corsicana on Thursday and shared his idea with those in attendance.

O’Rourke’s idea would require “every young person,” regardless of their socioeconomic background, to serve their country in some way whether that be in military service, a medical unit, a teaching unit etc.

Sorry, but this is not how liberty works. And, I would say the same if a Republican had come up with this little slice of totalitarianism. I have heard some Conservatives say everyone should be compelled to serve in the military for a couple of years. Uh, how about no. Again, that is not how liberty works

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Statists in France: No Soda Refill for You!

Does the Left ever tire of trying to be your parents? No, but remember it is for your own good.

It is now illegal to sell unlimited soft drinks at a fixed price or offer them unlimited for free.

The number of overweight or obese people in France is below the EU average but is on the rise.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends taxing sugary drinks, linking them to obesity and diabetes.

Self-service “soda fountains” have long been a feature of family restaurants and cafes in some countries like the UK, where a soft drinks tax will be introduced next year.

The new law [in French] targets soft drinks, including sports drinks containing added sugar or sweeteners.

Well, apparently things must be going swimmingly in France, right? I mean if their biggest, most pressing issue is the menace of soda refills. I wonder what the French might ban, or limit next.

Limits on the amount of red meat a restaurant may offer on its menu? Limit the amount a consumer may buy on a trip to the grocery store? How about limiting soda purchases at stores too? Limiting the amount of salt, or sugar one may purchase? Banning bacon or sausage? Perhaps mandating certain weights for citizens? Where does this end? It ends in one of two ways. Either the people reject political leaders that pass such foolish laws, or those same people must eventually accept the government intruding into every aspect of their life.

I hope the West chooses wisely

You know government is too big when…………..

……..you start getting ticketed for leaving your car running in your own driveway

Did you know you could get fined for heating up your car? One man’s parking ticket has gone viral, with thousands of views after he was ticketed for heating up his car in his own driveway.

Taylor Trupiano says he’s still shaking his head over a parking ticket he got on his own property.

“I thought it was some kind of joke at first, and then I was thrown back by it,” he said. “I was really surprised.”

The ticket was for leaving the keys in the ignition with the motor running and no one around. Trupiano said he was only doing something many people in Michigan do during the winter.

“I was in and out in probably about 7-8 minutes,” he added. “So in that amount of time he ran up here, gave me a ticket and by the time I got out he was nowhere to be seen.”

Frustrated with the ticket, he posted a photo on Facebook where he racked up thousands of comments and shares.

The Roseville Police Department ticket comes with a $128 fine. There is no state law against leaving your car turned on and unattended, but dozens of cities across Michigan have local ordinances.

“We have five to ten cars stolen this way every winter,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said. “It’s dangerous, and of course it drives everyone’s insurance rates up. It drives our crime rates up.”

It is for our “own good” you see

The Six Things Donald Trump MUST Do As President

APPOINT AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO WILL PROSECUTE HILLARY CLINTON
Hillary Clinton represents everything that is wrong with the American political class. She epitomizes establishment corruption and wanton criminality, and to ignore her blatantly felonious behavior is to condone it.

REPEAL & REPLACE OBAMACARE
Of all the ruinous policies enacted by the previous administration, none is so egregious and universally despised as The Affordable Care Act. It must be eradicated like the cancer that it is and replaced with a free-market-based alternative as soon as humanly possible.

BUILD THE WALL
This is the primary reason why Donald Trump was elected president, make no mistake about it, and while its construction will not, in and of itself, put an end to illegal immigration, it will symbolize a seriousness of intent with respect to border security that has been sorely lacking in our government for decades.

APPOINT ORIGINALISTS TO THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY
When it comes to our nation’s highest courts, there are essentially two types of judges who oversee them, originalists and activists. Activistic judges believe that our Constitution is a “living, breathing” document that they are free to modify from the bench at any time and for any reason they concoct. As for originalist judges, I think Justice Antonin Scalia put it best when he said: “Our manner of interpreting the Constitution is to begin with the text, and to give that text the meaning that it bore when it was adopted by the people.”

SLASH TAXES ON BUSINESS & RENEGOTIATE INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEALS
Reinvigorating the U.S. economy cannot occur without radically reducing taxes on the companies which make up its foundation. Business taxes amount to taxes on all Americans – be they CEOs, employees, stockholders or consumers – and trillions of dollars have been lost to our economy over the years due to government’s insistence on inflicting punitive taxation upon our nation’s most productive citizens. Adding insult to injury, pro-globalist trade policies like NAFTA have served to accelerate the decline of America’s economic vitality, and any attempts to reverse the trends of the past few decades without addressing these key points will prove futile.

DRASTICALLY CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING & REGULATION
Cutting government spending begins with downsizing the bureaucracies infesting it. This can be done through attrition, which simply means not hiring new federal employees to replace the ones who retire for an extended period of time. Beyond that, there are scores of agencies which should be eliminated entirely, like the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Housing & Urban Development, and the EPA for starters. Furthermore, federal regulations have become so pervasive that reducing their number by 50 percent would still leave the Federal Register with nearly 100,000 pages of growth-killing rules. Yes, certain regulatory powers must be exercised in order to stop bad people from doing harm to the rest of us, but when nanny-state know-it-alls in Washington DC decide to start telling the rest of us how much water we can use to flush our toilets or what sort of bulbs we can screw into our light fixtures, they’ve engaged in the sort of conduct that our founding fathers would have taken up arms to oppose.

By Edward L. Daley

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