More Of “The Man” Getting In Your Face

It’s a fine line, but why is it so hard for the government to even come close to finding it?, Yes, in a civilized society where humans must coexist together, rules are needed. Modes of behavior while interacting with each other must be codified, for the good of the community. And with these rules, civil servants are created to enforce these rules, otherwise, they would never be followed. And with these “compliance officers” goes a set of rules or regulations, written down in terms simple to understand that mandate this compliance and sets reasonable punishments and fines for those scofflaws that can’t follow the rules. No way around it, since the dawn of time, this has always been. Utopia does not exist (except for maybe in the bung holes of Obama worshipers) so we all must suffer through some exertion of authority over us.

The reasons why we have always needed this authoritarian Sword of Damocles over us is simple, people (and when I say “People”, I don’t mean ALL people, just enough to ruin it for everyone else so that they draw attention to themselves) can not be counted on to do the right thing. They can not be counted on to be rational, logical, considerate or well intentioned towards their fellow man, so we have rules and regulations to limit and direct their (our) behavior.

Although I have always put myself on the side of LESS rules over MORE, every year both the states and the feds travel farther and farther from that sentiment. What has drawn this tirade is the latest example in Chicago of those in power using emotion and sentiment to cloud their better judgment and rule on the side of exaggeration:

Fitch was chagrined Wednesday to learn that Oak Park, where he had stopped at a fast-food eatery for lunch, was considering a comprehensive crackdown on distracted drivers, banning everything from using a hand-held cellphone to grooming to eating while driving.
Research suggests that distracted drivers are involved in 80 percent of collisions or near-crashes, and governments big and small increasingly are addressing the concern by restricting cellphone use and other negligent conduct behind the wheel.

Oak Park is the latest community to target the issue, joining a handful of other Chicago-area communities that have looked at prohibiting a variety of driving distractions — from tending to pets and eating to cellphone use.

Here we go, and the pattern is laughably obvious. Take an activity like driving, understanding said activity is dangerous enough that rules and regulations are needed (we want those operating motor vehicles to know how to drive, to know what they are doing) then take that responsibility, wrap it with the guise of “public safety” then regulate it beyond all rationality.

It is true that distracted drivers do account for the majority of traffic accidents, no getting around that, so they got a built in excuse for their actions, but where does it end? Listening to the radio is a distraction, fiddlng with the seat adjustment or air is distracting, that hot little number that just drove by in the convertible is distracting, and thinking about this morning’s presentation to corporate, that is distracting. Essentially, any wandering brain activity not devoted 100% to the task at hand is a distraction, no way of regulating that. Yes, anyone beyond numbskull status knows that you should not text and drive, so the idiots that do it ruin it for everyone, motivating legislatures everywhere, who validate their existence by the amount of new and useless laws to enact, to think up even more stupid rules for people to live by.

Ditto, with the food Nazi’s (Yes, Michelle, I’m looking at you) who want to limit and restrict my gastronomical pursuits. Sure, most of these buttinsky’s are motivated strictly monetarily, thinking up new and unusual ways to generate revenue all under the guise of “public safety”.

Although I hate the trend, it has been going on for decades, with no end in sight. And I really don’t have an answer in combating this pernicious trend, this is what legislators do. Sometimes I feel their hands around my neck squeezing tighter and tighter.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    And here’s the kicker – when it comes to driving, it’s been shown that fewer rules (and signs) lead to safer driving.

    Ever been to Manilla? Those lines on the road and the lights and signs are suggestions only – and while I was there I noticed that everyone driving was very, very alert to everything going on around them. You’d expect it to be nothing but collision after collision from all the chaos, but order arises by the interactions of the drivers.

    Here in the US they’ve made intersections safer by removing stop signs – people slow the fuck down and check for oncoming traffic when that happens. Fewer accidents are the result.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    As for Michelle Obama, food nazi of America, she’s a complete hypocrite. Her outings and restaurant visits are quite well documented – her “healthy” eating is for show only once you start detailing her mandatory appetizers, desserts and fondness for loads of fried foods. Vegetables? That’s what her food eats.

    Sure, she’s only 35 pounds overweight with a jumbo butt and thunder thighs, so you can bet she’s working off her extra 1000+ calories a day in the gym as best she can. So nice for her to set an example for all the poor people that don’t have the bucks or the time to exercise daily: foodie fanatic for the rich, eat your peas for everyone else. Besides, I’m sure she doesn’t want to look at those lower-class people in the restaurant…

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  3. AlexInCT

    Sure, she’s only 35 pounds overweight with a jumbo butt and thunder thighs, so you can bet she’s working off her extra 1000+ calories a day in the gym as best she can.


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  4. Miguelito

    Here in San Diego, the city traffic people flat out told us they won’t install Yield signs anymore. They’re essentially useless. Most people seem to treat stop signs like yield signs (at best) anyway.

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