The strictest law often causes the most serious wrong. – Cicero
There are issues beyond just what some in the GOP think of immigration reform proposals that helped David Brat unseat Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Eric CantorHouse Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard48% and successfully win election to The House of Representatives from Virginia. He puts what it means to the citizen every time the Congress passes a law in beautiful perspective below.
“If you refuse to pay your taxes,” Representative David Brat recently noted, “you will lose. You will go to jail, and if you fight, you will lose. The government holds a monopoly on violence. Any law that we vote for is ultimately backed by the full force of our government and military.”
Every law passed gives the state more reason to send in the police. Pass enough laws and send in enough police and you eventually get a police state. This is true without any relation to whether the cops are bullies or noble-minded knights in blue, shining armor. When everything is pretty much illegal, the police are involved in just about every facet of your life. There are some things in life you want police to handle for you. There are other things that they have no particular business being involved in. Even if they are the best and most honorable members of the force. You simply can’t have big government without a police state.
Charles Cooke makes an interesting argument that Eric Garner would still be alive, if big government could mind its own stinking business. Here’s how the gentleman argues.
1) The state of New York wished to regulate the sale and taxation of cigarettes; 2) Eric Garner wished to violate those regulations; 3) As a result, he was subjected to the full force of the law; 4) In the process of its application, he died.
One can easily argue that Eric Garner had no business breaking the law. You’d have a point. Even if Eric Garner wasn’t exactly a Rhodes Scholar on contraband laws, ignorance of the law is no excuse to resist arrest. Fine and dandy, once the law is passed and on the books; but does anyone ask themselves during debate over these laws “Say, is this really …read more