Again, from the usual…
Lawyers Leach Away Our Liberties
Editor, Times-Dispatch: Walter Williams’ column, “Tyrants Attack Our Liberties,” was right on.
Every day, I am saddened to see more and more of our liberties taken away by cunning attorneys.
We are fast becoming a nation with freedom from religion, as any reference to God in public places is being challenged and banned.
We no longer are in charge of our own health. The government regulates how we shall live. Look at all the safety laws we must obey: speed limits, seat belts, air bags, child safety seats, child safety caps, smoking banned in most public buildings, etc.
Take all the gun-control laws that the criminals love.
I’m not saying some of these things don’t make sense to follow – only that they shouldn’t be mandatory but choices we freely can make according to our Founding Fathers.
We’ve already become a nation controlled by outlandish jury awards. Barbara J. Theisen. mechanicsville.
Yeah, that terrible government is making us protect our children, those damn agents of evil. How terribly cunning those heinous bureaucrats are!
Snide comments aside, Barb has a good point. People should have the freedom to choose their own path and pursue their own dreams. They should be able to freely come and go as they see fit and not be burdened by the government interfering in their actions. However, the things she cites – safety belts, speed limits, safety caps on medicines – are trivial concerns that really don’t stop us from doing what we want to do.
Yes, it’s true that we are born free, as our Founding Fathers clearly have pointed out. However, society is about cooperating and getting along with others as well as learning from other people’s mistakes.
Plus, some folks do not understand a concept until they are forced to do it. They simply won’t put a seat belt on simply because they just don’t want to. That’s why laws are put into place. Stupid people don’t freely make the right decision to protect themselves from injury and so we have helmet laws and road regulations.
I personally don’t think the speed limit laws and other rules of the road are enforced enough. I was watching David Lynch’s ‘Lost Highway’ on DVD the other day and one of the characters, Mr. Eddy (a mob type guy) was being tailgated on a one-lane road. He’s in a high-end, very sturdy Mercedes, let’s the guy pass, who’s driving some cheap crappy car (much like the one I own yet a bit bigger) and then (after uttering the line – “This is where mechanical excellence and one-thousand four-hundred horsepower pays off” – proceeds to ram the tailgater off the road, gets out of the car and then smashes the guy’s window with something like a 1911A1 Auto Ordnance .45 ACP pistol. He drags him out of the car, and starts lecturing him on proper highway etiquette while kicking him while the guy is writhing on the ground. He says:
“Six fuckin’ car lengths. That’s a hundred and six fuckin’ feet, mister. If I had to stop suddenly, you woulda hit me. I want you to get a fuckin’ driver’s manual, and I want you to study that motherfucker. And I want you to obey the the goddamn rules. Fifty-fuckin’ thousand people were killed on the highway last year ’cause of fuckin’ assholes like you. Tell me you’re gonna get a manual.”
Then the guy, who’s Mercedes has barely a scratch, gets back in the car and then drives off, leaving the guy crying like a wounded dog on the asphault.
I have to admit: I laughed.