I joined the protests over all the stay-at-home, business-closure, safe-distance, wear-a-mask rules the Covid pandemic has dumped on us. Powerful stuff, but just the beginning! We need to use the energy of this movement to confront other violations of our rights like:
Traffic Regulations: Speed limits. Why do we need them? I’m a good driver. I should be free to drive according to the situation. For example, with so few cars on the road the last few weeks, I regularly get up to 60, sometimes 70, on city streets (even faster at night). If I come up behind somebody poking along at 30 or 40, I pass him if the road’s clear. All totally safe!
Same with stop-lights. If there aren’t any other cars, or if they’re not up to the crossing yet, why stop at the red light? It wastes gas, which means extra pollution (see, I can be an environmentalist when I feel like it). Sure, if there’s a pedestrian or a car about to cross, I slow down, but there’ve been so few, I could drive with my eyes closed.
All I’m saying is, we’ve got a right to adjust to circumstances. And, if there’s no such thing as speeding or running a light, we don’t need so many cops. With fewer cops to pay, taxes could go down and, since governments will also be spending less on traffic lights, they don’t really need the money that drivers’ licenses bring in, so get rid of licenses too.
Gun Control: Basically the same situation as traffic. The more you limit guns, the more you depend on the police to protect you. If there were no limitations on guns, and everybody had one or, more to the point, if everybody assumed that everybody else had one, you wouldn’t need the police so much to keep the peace. So, the police force gets even smaller, taxes go down more, and that’s more money that stays in our pockets.
Security Checks: Think of the money that gets spent on security measures — stadiums, schools, airports and all. If we assume that anybody might have a gun, and we’re living in a kind of armistice, we don’t need all those security checks. Together, we are the security checks. Without that expense, costs go down, and so football tickets are cheaper, schooling is cheaper, and, with no more TSA, travel is easier, government costs go down, and so taxes can go down even more.
Schools: Why should schooling be compulsory? There are lots of kids who don’t want to be there, and actually cause more trouble than there’d be without them. I’m not against learning. I tried some once. But the truth is that the kids who want to learn suffer from the trouble caused by the kids who don’t.
Sure, there are plenty of parents who say they couldn’t hold down a job if their kids weren’t in school. But that’s just admitting that what they want is baby-sitters, not teachers. So, with less need for teachers, taxes go down and maybe the laid-off teachers can get jobs (not at taxpayer expense!) as baby-sitters for the kids who aren’t in school.
Zoning Codes: I should have a right to do what I want with my property. Right now, my house takes up only about a third of my land. If I want to build out to the edge, what right does anybody else have to object? What do they think? That I’m going to make it into a whorehouse or a rock’n roll bar? Though, what if I did? I have a right!
Noise Ordinances: I own a motorcycle. I like to work on it, which means starting it up in my back yard. So my neighbors complain. I have a right to own my bike, and so I have a right to use it, and so I have a right, even an obligation, to keep it in safe running order. Yes, it makes noise when I fix it and when I ride it, but so did the Model T back in the old days and no one told Henry Ford to put a muffler on it or they’d shut down his factory!
Shouting “FIRE” in a Crowded Theater: Of course, there’s no chance to do that now, with all of them closed. But, when they re-open, I think I’ll give it a try. Yeah, it’ll probably empty the place, but that’s the idea. Then, I won’t have to worry about someone sitting too close to me and maybe infecting me and killing me.
I’ll take my chances with the cops and the feds and the judges. If I can’t live free, “Sweet Land of Liberty” might as well just be words in some song!