A Nation of Too Many Laws

I often proudly proclaim that we are a nation of laws. The United States has been writing, passing, and enforcing laws since its inception in 1776, and even before that. In thinking about laws I often come to the conclusion that laws inhibit our freedoms. I also proudly declare that we have a Constitution that guides our thinking on how to proceed when writing laws. Does the Constitution really help us decide whether a law is necessary? I think in most cases the Constitution does not come to mind when lawmakers get busy to formulate a new law. At this point of history the United States has so many laws in so many jurisdictions that we need an army of lawyers to assist us with the interpretation, and to help protect us from harm caused by the wrongful application of same. We need a reset in law making. How can we be free to say, write, or do what we want freely when we are being guided by the Constitution, Federal, State, County, Township, and Municipal laws? For instance, my home town has a law on conducting garage sales. I’m sure your town does too? Why are such laws necessary? Most likely because somebody’s neighbor decided to hold a garage sale every Saturday of the year. A simple thing such as a sale intended to reduce the clutter going into a landfill turns into something ugly. The law is written to control our behavior.

The more laws we have the more opportunity there is for us to become law breakers. Therefore, more need exists to employ law keepers known as policemen to keep our behaviors in check. One of the most frequently broken laws in America is called the Speed Limit. Speed Limits are laws intended to regulate our need for speed, but under the guise of safety to the general population. Speed kills they cite, therefore we must limit your needs with signage that tells you what is safe. If every municipality that is responsible for posting the limits were to arrest every driver who broke the limit we would be able to pay for every highway in America with improvements too. Thankfully, the cops arrest speeders using statistics, placing speed traps at random around the area and being seen writing citations every where. The penalty’s for repeated speeding violations are severe, and one can lose his driving privilege, another loss of freedom.

A Speed Limit That Is Hard to Keep On A Bicycle

Another law that is frequently broken is driving while under the influence of an intoxicating beverage or alcohol. Again, in the name of safety, you place yourself into jeopardy by drinking and driving. No mater, even if you are driving like a sober judge, if you are pulled over you put your driving privilege on the line. Most of these laws are the result of a group called Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD. These moms are upset over losing a child in an accident caused by someone who drove drunk. Alcohol impairs your ability to think clearly, and your body to react more slowly, therefore, you must be apprehended and incarcerated for your own protection. In this case it is not your own safety the law protects it is the safety of others.

As an attempt to learn how large the law problem is in America, I asked Google to tell me. The answer, is there are too many laws on the books to know just how many there are. One fact that I did learn is that there are over 23,000 laws on guns and gun ownership. We have a body of politicians whose job it is to write new laws. We have gotten so stupid about this that we refer them as “do-nothings” if they don’t pass new laws every year. The average is about two hundred new federal laws every year. Multiply that by 244 years and we have over forty-eight thousand Federal laws on the books. If you have ever looked at how the laws are written by reading one you will know that within every law are numerous other laws that control every scenario possible. I think the number I cited is way too low. Of course the problem is magnified when we move down to the states and municipalities.

Just this week, I learned that A friend of mine was being punished by my hometown of Frankfort for trying to live his life the way he wanted to. The friend lives in the country just outside of town. He has a huge barn on his property, and thought how neat it would be to cater to the latest hot trend of barn weddings. For some reason, he thought it would be wise to have his farm incorporated into the Village limits. WRONG!!!!! The Village got wind of his business and decided to teach him a lesson. First, the land he was on is zoned for Agriculture. I know the Village would not have let him build a barn on a residential plot. But, my friend thought since the barn existed before the land was part of the Village he was okay. WRONG!!!!! The Village sent out a fire inspector to determine if there were any fire hazards in the barn. Come on folks, barns are usually built of wood and have hay strewn around. The Fire Marshall wrote him up and decided he needed to install a sprinkler system, he did. They also insisted his county approved electrical system was not up to code, so they had him install a new electrical box to replace the new one he had. He did that too. Then the Village asked if he had a Village business license. Out of curiosity, I read the ordinance on Village Business licenses. It doesn’t cover offering your barn as a venue for a wedding, but they have a line labeled “other” to cover the known listed business types. One reason for the license is to flush out if alcohol will be served, sold, or stored in the building? If there is, then a new law kicks in namely a the need for a liquor license. I know Frankfort is not a teetotaling town there are numerous taverns and bars within the town limits, but they want to control what goes on to insure my safety. Sooo, we have a law to guarantee that; another loss of freedom.

When my friend thought he was near the finish line the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down all activities. Several weddings had to be cancelled or rescheduled due to the virus. Six months have passed and the virus numbers are reduced to allow some wedding party activity to occur, except that the Village slapped an injunction against his business to stop.

I guess my point in this post is that too many laws can be a detriment to liberty. We seem to lose common sense and apply stupid laws to new and wild business ideas like barn weddings. Too many laws also give our leaders too much power and inflate their ability to control others. Liberty requires fewer laws and less control. We will never again get back to the liberty we had two hundred and forty-four years ago unless we start reversing the trend to define every breath, and every move we take with a law.

A good start in reversing the trend is to return to the original ten commandments issued to Moses by God.

Really, She Got Away With It

The Voldamir Pudin Effect

On 13 May 2010, I posted a cartoon in which I stated “We are a Nation of laws that are convenient to enforce or to disregard depending on the advantage to the elected.

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Recently, Senator Harry Reid’s son Rory supported the truth of my statement when he proudly proclaimed: “We believe in a country in which we are subject to laws and you can’t just ignore the laws we don’t like. I think clearly if state and local prosecutors look at this more closely, they’re going to find that he broke the law and he should be prosecuted. that we are a nation bound by law and we should prosecute those who break them.”

What Harry’s  son seems to conveniently forget, or has simply disregarded, is the fact that President Obama and his Attorney General disregard any law they don’t like. Obama regularly changes his signature health care law illegally. He choses to disregard the work requirement in the welfare law, and he has totally trashed the laws on illegal entrance to the country, the list goes on.

I have but one question? Why aren’t Eric Holder, and Barack H. Obama in prison for breaking the laws they don’t like? In each one of these law breaking instances Obama is bound by oath to the Constitution to work with Congress to change the laws to show the changes. He swore to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the land. Why hasn’t Obama been impeached?

Instead, we saw an army of heavily armed and militant Bureau of Land Management workers descend upon a Nevada ranching family for the mere act of trespass on supposed government land. Evidently, Obama must feel powerless against the likes of Voldamir Pudin, therefore, he must flex his federal muscles against a harmless American rancher trying to eke a living raising cattle.

How long will it be that one of many SWAT Teams from heavily bureaucratic agencies descend upon you for some minor infraction of some obscure law?  When will they break down your front door, and drag you in chains to jail for the infraction? Or worse, surround your home with a thousand armed bureaucrats with itchy trigger fingers and blow you to kingdom come.

Kangaroo Trial

Why do we insist on doing stupid things? Politics have reached a new level of absurdity. The liberals want to punish George Bush so badly they have lost their reason.  The GITMO boys were not caught on US soil breaking US laws. Why then are we trying them in a domestic  judicial system? The logic of it escapes me. One strong reason does come to mind. The liberals want to make a show case out of our judicial system. In the process they will open issues of  torture, and harsh treatment of prisoners, thereby punishing Bush once more. I have news for the liberals, the harshest treatment the GITMO boys will receive, is being moved to Illinois. Our winter will convert them to Christianity.

The world will wonder why we go out of our way to give these proclaimed warriors a voice.   I’m sure the accused would go to equal lengths to give their prisoners fair treatment.  Liberals make the argument that we are a nation of laws. I agree, but show me the law that says we try these guys in the US. In the meantime, because they were captured in a war environment, none of the usual citizen rights were awarded them. It is my opinion, that any good judge will throw this case out of court. The GITMO boys will walk. How will we look to the world then? Our great system will fail to convict admitted terrorists. They will not walk because we have a weak system, they will walk because we did not afford them the same rights on the battlefield as we do a gang member on the battlefield of a Chicago street.

Rules of war and domestic laws can not be crossed in court. Each should be treated separately. Our current leader is too stupid to see it that way. He wants this trial to blow up and degrade our country in the eyes of the world. Why does he hate America so?

Perez Hilton = Dog Crap

My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

Back in January, I wrote a piece titled “Home Gene.” I tried to defend homosexuality as a genetic anomaly. I still believe that to be true, except now I have another amendment to add. In some male homosexuals there is a rather violent propensity to defend their “gayism.” It must be due to the fact that their mother’s let them down during pregnancy. Maybe, just maybe, if I stretch my imagination, guys like Perez Hilton can be explained by a second gene attached to the “Homo Gene” that causes their brains to become dog shit.

I applaud Miss California, Carrie Prejean, for voicing her convictions. I support her belief that marriage is the rightful union of one man to one woman. I will go so far as to defend the gay right to equality; well almost equal. Gayism is an abnormality, and as such can be excluded from laws that define more normal humans such as the marriage law.  If  laws were written to include all contingencies, they would be filled with so many loop holes as to be ineffective.  We can, however, write a special laws to cover the contingencies. For instance, a new law could be written to give homosexual couples the  legal right to each other’s property, and power of attorney over each other. Let’s face it, they can’t bear children. They can adopt, I suppose, and gay women can be inseminated to have a baby. The difference is that the baby is not the offspring of the married couple. The situation with males is even more tenuous.

Unless there is a huge number of gays still in the closet, I would have to proclaim them a minority. Do we have to change every bloomin’ law in the country to specifically include them? If that be true, then I want equal rights to any advantage the gays get from laws specifically tailored for them.

If guys like Perez Hilton keep giving rants, as he recently did, they will only engender more animosity, and hostility toward themselves. He is one gay who should have stayed in the closet. He will set his movement back a hundred years.

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