As the ball descended towards the New Year in Times Square on Saturday last, I couldn’t help thinking that a more appropriate symbol these days might be a velvet hammer dropping, since 2012 brings with it a roaring tsunami of new federal, state, and local statutes—40,000 of ’em this annum—covering everything from the kind of light bulbs we must use to illuminate our increasingly Spartan garrets to the unhappy termination of what used to be happy hour. If this be Diversity, then give me Parochialism—and give it to me quick. Because somewhere, sometime, somehow, we’re all criminals in the eyes of the Nanny State.
Not all the new laws are bad, of course—or even unneeded—even from my admittedly anti-authoritarian perspective, but I can’t help suspecting that we Americans would be better served if instead we repealed 40,000 statutes each January 1st. And maybe another 40,000 every month thereafter.
Our so-called ‘Land of the Free’ is hosting more cons than such stalwart beacons of liberty as Russia, Iran , and China—and that was before the Congress and Barack Obama decided it was okay to detain American citizens indefinitely without trial.
But we needn’t fret over the number of people residing behind bars in this country. By this time next year, it’ll be illegal to release those statistics to the public.