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Gentle Thugs

by RightHandMan

The Secretary of Transportation was on Morning Joe this week and the self prescribed “small government conservative” Joe Scarborough pitched an idea for the Secretary. His idea was to create a mandate that forced auto manufactures to put cell phone scramblers in cars. Sec. Ray Lahood loved the idea and said,

“Well, look, there’s a lot of technology out there now where they can disable phones, and we’re looking at that. A number of those people came to our distracted driving meeting here in Washington and presented their technology, and that’s one way. But you have to have good laws, you have to have good enforcement. But you have to have people take personal responsibility, that’s
the bottom line.”

With all due respect, this is blatant double talk. If the bottom line is personal responsibility why do we need “good laws” and “good enforcement”? You don’t, and this administration doesn’t believe in personal responsibility. If they believed in personal responsibility then they wouldn’t push for social medicine, bank and business bailouts, a flavored tobacco ban, internet censorship, or this stupid idea.

The only reason the secretary even mentioned personal responsibility was in order to tone down his rhetoric. It is reminiscent of two mafia thugs walking into a problematic store and saying to the owner, “We don’t have a problem here do we? We’d hate to lose your business, but it’s your call.”

Imagine for a moment if we allowed technology to keep all dangerous activity in check. Perhaps we should come up with technology that makes Happy Meal boxes close if a child is eating too many fries. Maybe we should look into some ladder advancements that keep people from stepping on that forbidden top step. There’s also the issue of video games! Those should come with chips that automatically turn off after a certain amount of use.

Of course, there are those that would support such absurd measures of government intrusion. There are those that like the idea of a centralized government taking over the detailed decisions of our lives. There are even businesses that tag along for the ride. There is money to be made in things like full body scanners, and chips that disable phones. However, as John put it, businesses are forced with the idea of either being at the dinner table or being the dinner. Google’s stance on net neutrality did not come to fruition because it helps their business, but because they don’t want guys in suits showing up with clubs. GM is pushing the Volt because their government is pushing the issue, or “leaning a little harder” – just as they will the cell phone scrambler.

This federal government has started to create problems in order to protect us from them. If they don’t create the problem, they blow it out of proportion. The latest TSA debacle is a hypocritical response to the constant Bush administration theme – “this is a post 9/11 world”. That line, due to the sensitivity to the subject, trumped all arguments. Unfortunately the argument has become a red herring in contrast to the U.S. Constitution.

The fallacy of the argument can be illustrated in many ways. Perhaps all .223 or long range rifles should be confiscated – after all, this is a post DC sniper world. Or maybe we should force all kids to go through intensive weapons searches before entering school – after all, this is a post Columbine world. Obviously we should have checkpoints set up across the country to search any U-Haul, Ryder, or basic rental moving trucks for explosives – after all, we live in a post Oklahoma City bombing world.

Why do we even have a Constitution? It’s supposed to protect us from intrusions like this…but the Constitution is becoming an item that can be excused with an extreme circumstance. It has become a hindrance that we must bypass as opposed to the law we must adhere to. It isn’t that the Constitution has changed in its makeup; it’s that we’ve demolished it. Now we mocking run over the rubble that acts like more of a speed bump than the wall it once was.

We live in a free society. Living in such a society comes with certain risks and consequences. Once in a while we have disgusting humans do illegal things to hurt others. Obviously we should do everything within our power to try and stop such terrible acts, but that power is limited by our Constitution. If we continue to ignore that document and personal freedom/responsibility we will regress further toward a system of government that is far worse than anything terrorists, criminals, or texting drivers have done to us. …they will become our hired protectors that we are eternally indebted to.

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Filed under: 9/11, cell phone scramblers, Constitution, Freedom, Net Neutrality, personal responsibility, ray lahood, secretary of transportation

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