Proposed Government Solutions Ignore the Presence of Nuance, and Perpetuates Unintended Consequences
Government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.
We continue to see a push for legislation to cure America’s ills. Red flag laws for guns, on demand abortion available in the name of women’s rights, prosecution of “insurrectionists”, all of these are being touted as a solution or cure. But the reality still remains, that evil will always be present in this world. Evil acts are a physical manifestation of Satan and the control that he has over our flesh. You cannot pass legislation to end evil. You can take action to minimize evil and incentivize moral behavior, but you cannot stop the Prince of Darkness with a bill that comes out of congress.
There are nuances that come with these “feel good” proposals in congress, and there are unintended consequences that result from those nuances. Sometimes the proposed government solution can be abused and manipulated in order to expose loopholes in the law. The worst legislation to ever come out of the halls of congress, has been a result of a knee jerk reaction to an event or crisis. It is the “do something” mentality that has destroyed liberty in America. The definition of tyranny is said to be, “The deliberate removal of nuance.” The USA Patriot Act is a prime example of the government abuse that is tolerated by the people when there is fear among the citizenry. If you acknowledge that the government has the authority to suspend portions of the constitution in a time of crisis, then the government, in its quest for power and authority, will create a crisis to exploit. Use the Reichstag fire in pre Nazi Germany as a point of reference. There is too much trust in government. People have a tendency to believe the government narrative, even when it doesn’t make sense, because they believe that our government has credibility. Jim Garrison once said, “Is the government worth preserving when it lies to the people? Doesn’t it become a dangerous country when you cannot trust anyone anymore, when you cannot tell the truth?’ Garrison then sternly asserted this familiar maxim, “Let justice be done though the heavens fall”. He was of course referring to his case against New Orleans business man Clay Shaw, regarding the alleged conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Do we seek justice anymore, or have we decided to forego justice and replace it with political expediency? Garrison’s words are still very relevant today.
Do you not think that the government creates crises to push agendas? Try running “Operation Northwoods” through an internet search and read the declassified documents. Or maybe dig into the Gulf of Tonkin incident that was used to justify going to war in Vietnam. Our government does not deserve our trust or respect, if they continue to lie to us, take advantage of us and waste our hard earned tax dollars on other countries and promotion of sexual deviancy. All of this while our so called representatives, enrich themselves and become multi-millionaires after only a few terms.
Why is knee jerk legislation dangerous even when it sounds good on paper? The answer is nuance and unintended consequences. These two forgotten components are never part of the legislation being proposed and there is little thought into how these things may affect implementation of said law after it goes into effect. We’ll start with Red flag laws and the very concept of imposing such law on the masses, opening Pandora’s Box when it comes to abuse and manipulation. Hypothetical scenario, a couple is getting a divorce and the woman wants to get under the skin of her soon to be ex so she makes an accusation that leads to a man having his guns confiscated in the absence of due process, because a bitter ex-wife or husband to be fair wanted to get back at their former partner. What about a leftist progressive that lives in a neighborhood where they find out their next door neighbor possesses firearms? An accusation is made about the gun owner to trigger confiscation of a law abiding citizen’s weapons. These are just unintended consequences that make things worse. This is on top of the fact that due process is being scrapped here totally. Even if the allegations are legitimate, the accused still has a right to due process. Suggesting anything less is putting forth a “minority report” enforcement mentality. These loopholes and the total disregard for due process and the 5th and 6th amendment, are not highlighted in the legislation, and there is no acknowledgment of these pitfalls as congress scurries to appease the activist mob.
Let’s move onto abortion laws, and the potential abuses that may exist in drafting state legislation if the SCOTUS sends regulation on the issue back to the states. Once again, a hypothetical but realistic scenario; a woman gets pregnant and does not want to have the baby, and she lives in a state that has strict abortion restrictions but makes exceptions for rape and incest. In order to justify her abortion, she accuses the partner that she had of rape, which leaves the accused no alibi, because he was with her. Even though it was consensual from the perspective of both parties, the woman screams rape because she wants an abortion. I believe that if a state passes abortion restrictions with an exception for rape, that state would see rape accusations skyrocket. So on abortion, we must not attempt to appease the moderates. Life is life, period.
Now onto the so called “insurrection”, and the screams from the left to prosecute any and all involved. BLM and ANTIFA are generally given a pass, and released soon after arrest, but because they subscribe to a leftist ideology, they are handled with kid gloves. They are certainly not subjected to the same scrutiny. This is my warning to both sides of the aisle, and to all ideologies across the spectrum of the electorate. Be careful what you wish for, because there will be a day when there is someone in the White House, in control of the DOJ, that wants to target political opposition, and they are at the opposite end of the political spectrum from where you are. Be careful when you demand peoples’ heads on a silver platter. German born Martin Niemöller, son of a Pastor, wrote a poem that I think is relevant to this subject.
“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
We have to stand up for the rights that we have as individuals as dictated by God, not government. We must be consistent in our defense of these rights, not selective, based on political ideology. If we don’t take this seriously, the law is dead, and all that is left is tribalism and warring factions. I hear many people cite the 14th amendment when it comes to equal protection under the law. However, I have to submit, that if we are all given equal protection, we must all be held accountable under the same law. Translation: government officials from either side of the aisle, should not be immune to prosecution when corruption/wrongdoing are present.
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