I’ve heard it said that the United States is “a nation of laws.” I’m not aware of any recent re-write of the Constitution, but last week it seems something changed.
Oh, the laws are still there, but our current president and attorney general have decided that they don’t feel our law officials need to enforce some of them. For instance, they say that as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants will not be deported “as long as they aren’t doing something ‘illegal’.” You can’t make this stuff up.
White House advisor David Ploufe insisted on TV that it’s not a political move intended to pander to Hispanic voters. I’m sure the thought of trading amnesty for votes never crossed their minds.
My lovely bride had a great idea. She said, “Why don’t we decide to not enforce the capital gains tax?”
That got me thinking. There are a lot of laws that might be best forgotten. I’ll bet the rancher who lost 58 of his sheep to a single grizzly bear last week near Conrad, Montana would like to say, “Oh sorry – heh, heh – I thought I could just ignore that little rule about shooting grizzlies. My bad!”
Maybe next time I’m in that long line at the airport waiting to get groped by the TSA guy, I might just jump right over their little retaining rope, bypass the whole security checkpoint, and have time to grab a tasty Cinnabon roll before my flight. I say the groping laws should only be applied to nervous-looking bearded guys in turbans praying in Arabic, anyway.
But I suppose I am just dreaming. Ordinary citizens don’t get to choose which rules they want to have enforced, at least not in our “nation of laws”. Only a dictator could get away with something like that.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
“I Fought the Law, and the Law Won” – Bobby Fuller Four