Real Power

“…There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws…”

Dr. Ferris – Atlas Shrugged

Wow! That might be one of the most honest and prophetic pieces of fiction that I have ever read. This applies to every facet of our lives as free men and women. Government rule via fear. Why do we pay absurd amounts of taxes when our Founding Fathers had a party in the Boston Harbor over a 3% tax on tea. I pay at least 6% on a glass of tea in a restaurant and do it without blinking. Why is that? Why do we accept the recent 2% increase in our payroll withholding? Fear of being labeled a criminal and the punishments that come with it. Why will some willingly hand over a firearm worth several hundred dollars for a gas card and a flu shot?

They pass rules and regulations about anything any everything. EPA, FDA, DHS, BAFTE, and the list goes on. An alphabet soup of “Agencies” who are ran by non-elected officials that pass regulations that dictate our very existence. And the impending gun regulation that will restrict use of a right guaranteed by the very document that is meant to govern our land. All done without batting an eye. I am almost positive this isn’t what Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, and Adams had in mind when they framed the Constitution. This isn’t what freedom feels like. When are we going to get our collective heads out of the sand and draw a line in it instead.

 

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Life Imitating Art?

This story has been sporadic in the news (at least MSM), but I think it is a telling story. This is also happening while I am reading Atlas Shrugged for the 1st time, so it seems especially relevant. The CEO pens it as a loss of religious freedom, but it is also a lost of personal freedom.

For the Federal Government to mandate an action that violates one’s religious beliefs was the very intent of the 1st Amendment. The owners do not believe in abortion and see it as murder. An equivalent would be the Government requiring all Quaker-owned businesses to require Reserve Duty of their employees.

David Green has stated that they will pay the daily fine until they are forced to close their doors. While a different approach than the “strikers” of Shrugged, it is in the same spirit of protest. I can only see more and more businesses mirroring this decision and greater regulations are forced on them by the Government. Like the ice cream shop that has to install a $25,000 grease trap to open when he will have no grease in the building (the fate of a local business) or the Rawsome Raids on “unregulated” milk. These asinine laws are hurting small businesses and ultimately a hindrance to our economy. I look for more business to start closing versus dealing with the additional headache/cost of dealing in an overly regulated environment.

See, I told you not all of my posts would be firearm related.