We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Remember the kid who shot that monster pig? It might have been a farm pig. (h/t, Reader)
New Hampshire rejects a seat belt law, and No Looking Backwards explains, in no uncertain terms, why that's a good thing.
Similar issue re trans-fats, at Cafe Hayek. A quote:
None of these things are really worth fighting for, are they? Are you going to picket a politician for making some other folks stop smoking or wear their seat belt? Not worth it.
Of course, that's how the nanny state grows. It's just not worth fighting any one infringement of liberty. So no, I'm not going to fight for the right to buy a locally-baked pastry with good mouth feel.
But I will fight against the idea that the Montgomery County Council has the right to ban trans-fats. That's why I'm writing this post. That's why I mention it to my neighbors. It requires a bit of schizophrenia. But it's healthy. I don't care about trans-fats, but I care about the ban. I care about the principle.
The principle is tricky. It's not the right to eat trans-fats. The principle is that I don't want powerful people to decide what I do with my body or my life. Those are my responsibility. They are my responsibility because that's what adulthood is. Adulthood is being responsible for the risks you take, reaping the rewards and enduring the costs.
Guess you and that moron Corzine are drinking buddies...How much money did his medical care cost the people of New Jersey because he refused to wear a seatbelt? Not to mention, his driver thinking a political meeting about those basketball females was worth driving over 90mph? I take it you think that personal liberty comes free for the person exercising the right to it, and let their neighbors pay the tab?
Chaplains counsel the grieving families of too many victims of car and motorcycle crashes who had not worn seat belts or helmets to be philosophical about people exercising their right to be idiots and not wear them. It isn't only altruism: the medical bills for their treatment (like those for people who smoke, drink too much and become obese) are borne by their neighbors. Is it so noble to behave like a grasshopper in the knowledge that the local ants will be forced to feed you when your own dumb behavior places you in jeopardy? And no, I am not saying we should prosecute fat people, smokers or boozers. i am merely making the point that every action of ours affects the financial interests of others.
But mostly, I am haunted by images of brain damaged 19 year old guys, still handsome but vegetables. Brain damaged from helmet-less motorcycle accidents, facing a lifetime of custodial care. The girlfriend weeping fit for a Lifetime special for a bit, flirting with the residents, then vanishing. Yup. Live free or die...
There are all kinds of things we are forced to do that violate live free or die. I take it y'all were not opposed to the draft, back when it was in effect? And would not be opposed to at least some version of national service for all, males, females alike for at least some time? Or am I a naive jerk? We pay taxes (obnoxious, yes) to pay for a lot of things we value, as well as a lot of pork. But I don't read lots of people advocating civil disobedience on this blog.
To take just one example: like most people, I love to drive fast and am usually in a hurry getting places. If there were not speeding laws, I (like most people) would drive too fast and endanger not merely myself, but my kids and others. Becausee of original sin, rationalizing it as "just this once" or "I am special" or "People need me where I am going". But the law can be a useful check on bad behavior that may hurt others.
For sure. Nothing. I am trying to pack right now for a four day boat trip, which is supposed to be pure fun, and I am frustrated as hell finding my gear and my etc. Plus I'd like to get to Rhode Island in time for late cocktail hour.