In a rather simple quote from the first century A.D., Tacitus said this about government: “The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.” Find me a more appropriate quote to describe what government at way too many levels is up to in our country today, although I’ll provide another quote as to its reasoning.
To see things more clearly on this topic, look no further than our debates about “gun control” (which now has the euphemism “gun violence” to help force more feel-good laws on Americans) and “immigration reform.” Any informed citizen knows this one, indisputable fact when it comes to both of these topics: There are already thousands upon thousands of pieces of legislation on the books at the federal, state and local levels. Some of these laws are enforced effectively. Others are not. Hence the reason government needs to stop making more laws.
To me, the biggest problem with our legislative process is piling bad legislation on top of bad legislation. The first law I would pass is simple: Any new legislation passed at any level of government would automatically make all other laws addressing the same area of legislation null and void. That would clean up mess No. 1. Because what we have in place now are messes No. 2 through infinity at the pace government is going and growing.
I wrote a few years back as the Bush administration was looking to put into place “comprehensive immigration reform” it would do no good for two reasons. No one at nearly every level of government enforces current immigration laws. And if there is one thing proven about government throughout history is that “comprehensive” only means that government gets everything it wants: power. That leaves people with nothing except waiting on the next government “solution” to a greater problem the government itself just created. If we can’t even build 100 miles of fence in however many years since that legislation was passed, what on earth makes anyone with an ounce of intelligence think these same folks (and yes, they are largely the same people in D.C.) have the brain power to figure out a solution to our immigration problem after spending the past few years making it worse?
In case anyone wonders about my solution, it’s pretty simple. Secure the borders. Give all illegals a year to come forward to get their particular cases reviewed for legal immigrant status. (The best part is I will have shuttered the IRS to do the reviews since I’d make the tax code one line with everyone paying the same rate and the government living within its means.) And we’d be happy to keep them here as long as they meet reasonable qualifications. Those found here illegally after that time will be expelled. Since the borders will actually secured — instead of some bureaucrat saying they are — we can keep the bad folks out and allow for good folks to come in.
It also wouldn’t hurt if other countries got a clue and allowed some of the economic freedoms our country had in its first two centuries so people could stay in their homelands and make their own fortunes.
So, to better understand government’s reason for doing this, let’s go to one of my favorite authors. Ayn Rand once wrote: “There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power 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 to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
Let’s think about that for a moment. Isn’t this what is occurring in the Colorado Legislature and Washington right now? Basically we have legislators passing “ex post facto” law under the guise of feeling better about themselves, appeasing some specific constituencies, looking like they’re actually serious about solving problems and grabbing power where they constitutionally have none.
How else can a clear-thinking person believe that banning less than two hundred weapons out of over 10,000 models available — along with requiring ammo clips be a certain size — will solve the problem of “gun violence” in our country. The fact is that in Chicago, New York City and Washington, all of these things are against the law. How’s the “gun violence” working out for you there?
It’s also the reason we have some genius solutions for violent attacks on women right here in Colorado coming from the likes of State Rep. Joe Salazar: “It’s why we have call boxes. It’s why we have safe zones. It’s why we have the whistles.” Or better yet from the University of Colorado/Colorado Springs stating: “Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.” And these are the same folks making rules and legislation that would make law-abiding gun owners criminals due to this type of insane thinking.
Then again, I agree with giving anyone that attacks a woman a specific disease — lead poisoning. You can then use your whistle or call box to have the body of the attacker picked up.