Here we are in the first week of January of the new year (2017) and I am sure that there have been more resolutions broken than kept during this 7-day span. But, and it’s lucky for those guilt-ridden, resolution breaking individuals, I am not here to talk about that. I will save that for a later post when I am not feeling quite so sanctimonious
No, what I am going to talk about today are a couple of the new laws that have taken effect beginning at the first of the year. Now some of you are already ticked off about them because you have already been caught from your local Law Enforcement Community (Police/Sheriff/FBI/CIA/NSA and/or Fashion Police) and been given a quite large “Performance Bonus” (i.e. ticket/citation/fine/fee/or asked to contribute, by force, a portion of your hard earned pay to the coffers of your local community).
I could go into great detail about some of these so-called “Helpful Laws” that are “Put into place to help us lead safer and more productive lives.” Right! (Major eye roll inserted here) But, I won’t.
No, what I am going to espouse upon is based on a question/premise that I think bears further examination: “Why are our lawmakers trying to regulate morality by taking away our rights to practice personal responsibility?”
For those of us who were born before fear became part of society’s psyche. For those of us who made it through life before it took “A Village to Raise a Child.” For those whose childhood consisted of drinking more than 20 ounces of a carbonated beverage where the only thing that happened to us is that we either got cavities or were bestowed the super power of being able to belch the alphabet. We all had one thing in common.
Not only did we survived, we prospered. We grew up to become the movers, thinkers, shakers (not to be confused with the people who Twerk) of today’s world.
Let’s look at car seats, or as the politically correct like to call them “Child Crash Resistant Restraining Devices.”
We grew up in an era where it was our parents, not the government, that decided the safety and well-being of their children. How many of you can remember taking a car ride with your parents and NOT having to buckle up? How many of you back then even KNEW HOW to buckle up? How many of you back then COULDN” T FIND the seat belts because they were buried inside the cushions of the back seat and your Dad didn’t want you to dig them out? Yeah, Good Times!
But with the new laws that came out, a car seat that was perfectly acceptable for the last 6 years for a child of the age of 6 is now not acceptable. Thereby forcing parents to rush out and buy a new “legally acceptable” car seat for their precious crumb cruncher. Oh, and just so you know, I’ve seen the seat belt system they use to use on the Space Shuttle, these new car seats have them beat.
And you watch, in a few years, the current seat will no longer “be sufficient to ensure the proper safety of future voters/taxpayers” and another law will be passed to force parents to rush out and buy an even more “safer” car seat for their little Einsteins. Given the evolution of stupidity that has been exemplified by our elected officials, I see a time, in the not so distant future, where every child safety car seat will be replaced by little foam rubber sarcophagus that also has motion detectors build into them that automatically stops the car with the kid either farts sideways or the Barney DVD refuses to replay itself.
The point was that parents back then knew how to raise their kids. They knew how to keep their kids safe. They knew the needs of their child better than the government did. Not only did they not need the government, but they actually got ticked off if any kind of local government official stepped in and told them what to do with their own kid.
But let’s step away from “The future of humanity” i.e. our kids for a moment and let’s look at what our “Benevolent Government Officials” have planned for us; the tax paying public.
We all know that we shouldn’t be texting while driving. We all understand that driving requires all of our limited mental faculties that we were blessed with by our Creator. I mean, we are already multi-tasking when we drive.
- Yelling at our kids in the back seat. Does “Don’t make me pull over to spank you” sound familiar?
- Adjusting the radio so that we can either hear our favorite song or tune out The President when he is making a State of The Union address.
- Steering with one hand while we try to sip our hot half-decaf, half-soy, noncaloric, environmentally friendly coffee.
- Discovering new forms of swear words that you can use at the guy who just cut you off with the benefit of a dinner, movie or the use of his turn signal.
Need I say more?
But texting is really something we really shouldn’t be doing when we are driving. I mean, don’t you think it’s better to pay attention to what is going on AROUND YOU vs. something going on in the PALM OF YOUR HAND?
Ok, so we are all in agreement there. Fine. So, then tell me why the boys (and girls) in my state capitol of California, had to pass a law that basically says: Not only must the phone be dash mounted — meaning you’ll have a permanent distraction right in front of you — but you may not text, take photos or video, or enter GPS destinations while driving. Fat chance of stopping those activities with a mere $20 fine. The bill does stipulate that “the only time a driver is allowed to touch the device is when he or she is activating or deactivating a “feature or function.” However, that process should only involve a “single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger,”
Oh, gee, a $20.00 fine? But here is the kicker. The officer has to catch you ACTUALLY HOLDING THE PHONE. So, my question is this: How is the officer going to catch me ACTUALLY HOLDING THE PHONE if my phone is BELOW THE LEVEL OF MY DOOR?
Are the police and other law enforcement officials going to be issued special X-Ray glasses lick those I saw on the back of comic books when I was a kid? Are they going to use satellite reconnaissance, helicopter flybys or even drown technology to keep tabs on all of us as we merrily travel down the highway?
I think not!
Look, lawmakers, I think you people in your elected capacity have more important things to do than to monitor a parent’s reasoning powers in regards to the restraint of their child in a moving vehicle or my ability to control the urge to text Mrs. Nickels while doing 65 mph in a school zone.
How about doing something a little more useful and productive with your time and available resources?
Say making our healthcare on the same par as yours.