The Price of Liberty

Shouldn’t the goal be to establish more liberty rather than less?

New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Queens) has presented legislation in the state General Assembly that will outlaw machetes (yes, that is machetes, the big blades used to chop down leaves in the jungle). In 2013, the unconstitutional SAFE Act (which bans some guns that are clearly used recreationally as well as ammunition) was sponsored by Senator Avella also. Apparently going after guns and small knives was not enough for the senator. He is going after the machetes now.

Just so you know, there were two deaths by machete in New York, ever! I could be wrong, but I don’t believe there has been a rush to purchase machetes online or anywhere else. Look out, though. New Yorkers may not be able to buy a machete in the near future. Run on out and pick up your machete today.

Meanwhile, Montana State Representative David Moore submitted legislation this year to ban “any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region.” Although Representative Moore stated that yoga pants should be banned, his bill did not mention them. HR 365 has failed to pass out of committee, but should it have been presented in the first place? It is not at all pleasant to see someone wearing a “device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region,” but as Americans we certainly have that right.

While these may seem like small issues of little to no consequence, it is important to remember that when we give the government an inch, they are more than willing to take a mile. Little politicians, like county and state legislators, grow up to be big politicians, such as congressmen and senators. If they are willing to take away our freedoms at the local and state level, they will do likewise in Washington.

The Usurper in Chief, Barack Obama, epitomizes this. He has been permitted by Congress and our citizenry to strip away our rights for 6 years and has suffered no consequences. When he is not using an executive order to do this, he allows one of the many organizations that are controlled by the Executive Branch of the government to do it.

Just this week we have seen two examples of the latter method. On February 27th, the FCC approved new net neutrality rules that do absolutely nothing toward making the internet neutral. The new regulation “reclassifies Internet services as Title II telecommunications services, which is a regulatory designation akin to that of a utility.” Net neutrality is just another step toward government takeover and control of the internet. Yet we know that it is competition in industry, not government control, that drives innovation and development.

Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of California stated, “Unfortunately, so-called net neutrality has all the hallmarks of an Obama policy: a lack of transparency throughout the process, a glossy public relations campaign that seeks to mask the reality of the proposal, and guarantees that, if successful, the government’s hand will reach ever-further into Americans’ lives.” This is government overreach at its finest.

But there’s more!

The FCC wasn’t the only government entity at work. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is working toward a ban on armor piercing ammunition used for sports. “Under a draft framework manufacturers would be prohibited from producing and selling 5.56mm projectiles for M855 cartridges, which are used in AR-15s, one of the most popular rifles in America. The bullets are currently exempt from the Law Enforcement Officers Act (LEOPA).

“Millions upon millions of M855 rounds have been sold and used in the U.S., yet ATF has not even alleged – much less offered evidence – that even one such round has ever been fired from a handgun at a police officer,” NRA and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said in a joint letter, which will be sent ATF Director Todd Jones early next week.”

If the public accepts a ban on machetes and clothing at the local level, then the federal level will be only too glad to ban ammunition or strip away our ability to navigate the web freely. Little politicians grow up to be big politicians. We need to get control of them at the local and state level (after all, they do work for us) and then keep that control when we send them to congress. We need to pay closer attention to the laws that are being considered rather than waiting until they are passed and complaining about them. And when we don’t approve of the job our lawmakers do, we need to work diligently to replace them with those who will. Eternal vigilance really is the price of liberty.

Temerity Dowell

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