Friday, July 2, 2010

More and Better Bullies -OR- The Definition of Insanity

July 1 marked yet another escalation in the "There oughta be a law" war on common sense. You've been warned. Formerly law-abiding citizens have a plethora of new laws to assimilate as the laws passed by our lawmakers...err..breakers tailors take effect.

On balance, many of the old new laws will no longer be enforced with the former zeal because the newer models have a higher rate of return and there are only so many hours in the day. Many of the newly enacted statutes contain serious penalties without the presumption of innocence. Forfeiture and seizure can be attached to routine traffic violations. "Administrative Costs" are the latest revenue enhancement gambit.

Consult your attorney before stepping outside.

It isn't just our LEOs who have been given new tools, un-sworn contractors and employees have been issued licenses to bully. The stated aim of the bullying is strict compliance with the LAW! The law, which after all, is fully thought out and never without unintended consequence, always equally enforced and never used as a cudgel.

Take the new Illinois law targeting slobs.

Help will be offered to people age 60 and older who suffer from self-neglect, including compulsive hoarding.

Help? I've seen this help in action using the old laws and nothing in this measure lessens the blow. All it does is expand and give license to bully, hound and harass otherwise benign folks into submission or an early grave.

Your mileage may vary.

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