reply to post by beezzer
I seem to remember that you were wrong once, '92 wasn't it? Don't worry, you're not wrong now, either.
All laws and programmes start out for the betterment of the people. No law is initiated with the overt intent of restricting freedoms.
I'm willing to agree with that, but note how much can be hidden in the phrase "for the betterment of the people." Remember Mayor Bloomberg and his
order that soft drinks can't be served in containers larger than 16 ounces? Or the food rules in schools, inspired by Mrs. Obama?
The general principle behind all these laws seems to be "The people are too dumb or rebellious to do what is good for them on their own, so we, the
gifted and elite rulers, will tell them what they have to do." The rulers believe that using energy is bad, so we end up with new CAFE standards of
53.5 miles per gallon. That will force us into cars which nobody will want to drive, and in which no one will be safe, but the environment will be
protected, and that's all that matters.
What needs to be looked at is not how the law is used, but how far it can be abused. Because, most certainly, someone who has written it, has
already gone the next step.
I believe the people writing these laws do not envision them ever being misused, partially because they are being
written and administered by government employees who have only "the betterment of the people in mind," and partially because the goal of the
environment (or the children, or whatever) is so vital that it has to be dealt with whatever the cost.
For me, the problem occurs earlier in the process. I think any law designed to force, or even strongly encourage, the people into a particular
behavior should be looked at three or four times with a very skeptical eye. Almost any law can be misused, and will be, when it's in someone's
interest to do so.
I must admit I was worried when I saw your beginning of "with all due respect." I still have vivid memories of that phrase coming through a
non-com's clenched teeth just before telling an officer that the officer was, well, "blankity, blank blank." But I think we're more or less in
agreement here, so I will unstrap my armor and relax. Nobody in their right mind wants to fight the mighty beezzer.