40,000 Laws In Search Of Some Criminals

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anti-authoritarian perspective, but I can’t help suspecting that we Americans would be better served if instead we repealed 40,000 statutes each January 1st.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.

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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25 Responses to 40,000 Laws In Search Of Some Criminals

  1. thenorman says:

    America is a prison

  2. Great cartoon – in the slammer because some Fornicating bureaucrats want to eliminate incandescent bulbs.

  3. WP and their refusal to provide an inter-member email service… The address here:
    http://365vets.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/hello-world/
    by “tshang” who decided to follow my blog, is interested in finding vets willing to be interviewed. (in case you’d be interested in telling your story) She is “the wife of a Marine, daughter of an Army Ranger” this being part of a reply to a comment on her project. “X”

  4. boudicabpi says:

    More laws but how many are on the books that are not enforced?
    Bob A.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Here are a few, courtesy of Divine Caroline:

      In Alabama, it’s illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.
      It’s illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas in Arkansas.
      In California, you may not eat an orange in your bathtub.
      In Hawaii, all residents may be fined for not owning a boat.
      In Kentucky, every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.
      It’s illegal to take a French poodle to the opera in Chicago.
      In Natoma, Kansas, it’s illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits.
      In Michigan, a woman may not cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.
      In North Carolina, it’s against the law to sing off-key.
      In North Dakota, it’s illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
      In Oklahoma, it’s forbidden to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.
      In Pennsylvania. it’s illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
      In Rhode Island, you may not bite off another person’s leg.
      In South Dakota, it’s illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.
      In Utah, it is illegal not to drink milk.
      In Vermont, women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.
      In Virginia, tickling a woman is unlawful.
      In Washington, it’s illegal to pretend that one’s parents are wealthy.

  5. Back when I taught in the traditional classroom, I discovered the following: the more rules I posted on the wall, the more trouble I had with my students. They had me chasing my own tail as I tried to enforce those rules. Less learning occurred — and I lost the respect of my students.

    So, I listed only a few rules. Voila! My students behaved better.

    I now teach groups of homeschoolers. I have only three hard-and-fast rules:

    1. Be on time for class, or sit at the table in the middle. That table is right in front of me, BTW, so they feel as if they’re constantly under the evil eye.

    2. No gum chewing.

    3. Unless a written excuse from a parent is submitted, homework must be submitted on time. Otherwise, a zero ensues. That zero must be made up, but the highest possible grade then is a “C.”

    Yeah, those three rules work.

    Government could take a lesson from how I run my classroom.

    The fact that so many laws are necessary today reflects the decline of the ethos of our society.

  6. Oops. Forgot to check the box for comment notification.

  7. AFVET says:

    The more I read posts like this, the more I like Rick Perry.
    He is the only one so far that has been willing to wield a big axe against the bloated monstrosity that is imbedded like a tick on the American economic structure.
    Some call him ‘just another swaggering Texan’.
    OK by me,…much better than the puss we have in the White House today, and the prick that he supposedly married.
    Wait, that may be confusing to some, but not to me.
    Great post Bob.

    • Bob Mack says:

      Some call him ‘just another swaggering Texan’

      Better a swaggering Texan than a mincing Chicagoan…

      Addendum: The latest hit from that mincing Marxist from the Windy City (Obama’s Signing Statement on NDAA: I have the power to detain Americans… but I won’t)

      As Americans look upon the treacherous legislation passed under NDAA 2012, it it should first be remembered that the very bill President Obama threatened to veto was controversial due to the language the Obama White House itself pressured Congress to add to the bill, according to Sen. Carl Levin.

      He won’t use it? Hell, it was his idea!

  8. bunkerville says:

    I heard on Fox News tonight that the Supreme Court agreed to take on the EPA and their intrusion. Why the GOPers just dont’t defund the agency seems to be a lot easier, but I will take what I can get.

    • Bob Mack says:

      From the LA Times (Supreme Court takes up property rights dispute):

      […] The case has become a cause celebre for the right, which is depicting the EPA as an out-of-control agency. The Idaho couple appeared three times on the Lou Dobbs program in 2011 and testified at an October hearing organized by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to explore the “government’s assault on private property.”

      “We need to take the government back from unelected bureaucrats,” Paul said at the hearing.

      The Pacific Legal Foundation, which defends property rights, is handling the Sacketts’ case. “When the government seizes control of your land, shouldn’t you be allowed your day in court?” asked Damien Schiff, the foundation lawyer who represents the Sacketts.

      The Constitution says no one may be “deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law,” and the Sacketts say they were entitled to a hearing before a judge before they were denied the full use of their property.

      EPA officials decline to talk about the case because it is before the court.

      Some environmental lawyers fear a decision in the couple’s favor could undercut the agency’s ability to stop polluters.

      No, those activist attorneys fear it could undercut the ongoing Leftist assault on the Bill of Rights.

  9. Jackie Paulson says:

    I am in the Project 365 for 2012- I found your blog WOW…America is a Prison is right. I had a great time seeing the Laws you posted from Divine Caroline I love that blog~ You really have a great editorial and great sense of humor. I am a Paralegal in USA cannot find work, Go figure. I do Security and know all about the Laws and criminals and really loved what you talk about concerning laws, criminals and the new year. All I have to say is I have not had work since (Clinton) got out of office.

  10. Bob Mack says:

    Hi, JACKIE. Thanks for dropping in & for the kind words. Our justice system reminds me of the senile fisherman who throws the big fish he should keep back in the pond and keeps the little ones he should throw back…Here’s hoping the year 2012 is a good one for you.

  11. samiam60 says:

    With all these laws being passed there will not be one American left who is not guilty of breaking one or more of them. Obama’s grand plan unfolds before our very eyes!

  12. Angel says:

    can the govt get any bigger..Good grief! Happy New Year!:)

  13. Freedom, by the way says:

    Wal-Mart is selling through their incandescents–but it seems folks are clueless that by the time they need new bulbs next month, there will only be the expensive, dangerous CFLs available. THEN they will complain.

    • Bob Mack says:

      I wonder just when the American public became such a herd of docile sheep. My opinion is that we should’ve strangled the Left back in the ’60s instead of encouraging further outrages by our inaction.

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