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Land of The Free?

Walls of the City  reminds us (by way of Sharp As A Marble) that while we continue to speak of ourselves as the Land of the Free, we certainly are no longer:

30 years ago, you’d just assume that anything that wasn’t obviously contrary to morality was legal. That is, you’d have a built-in default setting of assuming liberty. And that assumption of liberty would then propel you to take actions.

But now, you have to assume that many things that aren’t contrary to morality are illegal anyway. And so you now have — quel coincidence! — a built-in default setting of assuming prohibition. And that assumption that many of the things you’d like to do are illegal and criminal thereby reduces your desire to take any action at all.

Can you name all of the crimes in your state that are felonies? Can you name all of the crimes in your state that are misdemeanors? Have you ever uttered the words, “Is that legal?” without actually being able to intuitively guess whether it is or not?

Welcome to the club. And the problem.

You should go and read the whole thing.  It’s well worth your time, and even has some Latin words in it! :-)

The Country for whom I would have probably died (in Vietnam – had I not been a disabled 4-F) no longer exists.  She does on paper (The Constitution), but that was long ago, and like Benghazi, is no longer relevant.

Did you know The United States has more prisoners per capita than any other Nation?  How many of these folks zigged when they should have zagged?  Or were caught with weed.  Or carrying a gun for protection?

Lets stop electing people to legislatures to pass more incomprehensible laws.  Lets elect them to remove laws.  And hold those accountable who messed everything up.  THEY are the people who should be afraid. And incarcerated!

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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8 thoughts on “Land of The Free?

  1. Even if (and that’s a BIG “if”) we can vote our way out of this – an outcome not at all certain – it could take as long to get out as it took to slide in. My mind naturally shies away from the alternative, but it looks more and more like there isn’t any … at least, not this side of the nigh-unthinkable.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | May 22, 2013, 7:13 am
  2. And the immoral AND illegal is winked at because it suits those in power and their politically correct followers.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | May 22, 2013, 7:32 am
  3. It’s only illegal if you’re a pub or conservative seems to be the ‘latest’ iteration… sigh… And yes, we probably WILL have to go there sooner or later!

    Posted by Old NFO | May 22, 2013, 8:52 am
  4. That which is not mandated is prohibited.

    Posted by kx59 | May 22, 2013, 4:38 pm

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