Freedom from Law

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Essay I have written to organize my thoughts.

Submitted: August 18, 2009

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Freedom is the delicate balance between entitlement and common good. Our country was founded on a set of laws that dictated what its people were entitled too. These inalienable rights have been the only protectors for the people of the United States through its maturity. We still exist, under one flag, because this country was started with a list of things that should always be allowed.
Over the course of 250 years our branches have focused almost all energies on creating a much larger list of things that we should never do. All of the true freedoms, that all people everywhere share are essentially entitlements. If an action or group of actions has a name (Trash Dumping) and there are no laws that regulate the action, it is an entitlement or freedom. If I were free to dump my trash anywhere that I wanted there would be no regulation and I could let it pile up in my backyard. This in fact was an entitlement at the time of our countries birth.
I am not suggesting that we all start to litter our streets with useless and cheap Wal-Mart items. I am however using this example for its obvious metaphoric value. The first step in taking away any entitlement is to make it a privilege. This is the first and largest stride in the rights removal process. This measure is typically accomplished with regulation.
Calling this stride just the first step is like calling the liftoff and landing section of Apollo 11 merely the first step of the mission. Once an action or group of actions becomes a privilege it is now bound by a set of rules and can therefore be taxed and regulated. It is in the infinite complexity of rule and regulation that true legal and political corruption is held.
I believe that we are a moral people and will not tolerate injustice out in the open. It must lurk deep in the pages of a 250 page bill or law that is put before our republic by one of its own for embrace, approval and consequent enforcement by our lawyers.
However, that representative did not write most of the measure and in reality has probably not read the document in its entirety. As any manager in a McDonalds can tell you certain tasks must be delegated. A popular term developed in the late 20th century was micro-management. If I ask you to do something and have no faith in your abilities to complete this task I must look at everything you have done with a microscope.
 If I take as much time to audit as it took you to prepare then one of us is wasting our time. I must therefore trust that the task you have completed for me is done in the spirit with which I charged you. There in, as they say, lies the rub. 
A great American story should be that of Representative Tom Moore Jr. of Waco Texas. Concerned that the other members of the Texas House of Representatives did not read and understand the laws they were passing, he submitted a resolution in 1971 to honor Albert De Salvo.
The resolution was to honor Mr. De Salvo for his tireless work in population control. The body was resolved to pass it without hesitation and unanimously. Mr. Moore then withdrew his resolution and informed the body that they had just honored the assumed Boston Strangler, a man who murdered 13 women in Boston between 1962 and 1964.
One might expect that this event was an indicator that there was a problem with the system. But, as you can guess it was called an “April Fool’s Joke” and banished to the world of cautionary tales.
Even if a politician is not a lawyer, you can be certain that one is whispering in his ear, holding his sword and tipping his scales.


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