Did anyone see the hilarious news out of San Francisco in January, regarding the creation of a law that will regulate the care of dogs? It went so far as to designate how the dog house will be designed and the types of items used for feeding and watering the dog. Hilarious, and in reality not all that shocking when you consider we can usually count on California to prove the adage that truth is stranger than fiction.
Unfortunately this idiocy is a frightening outgrowth of a society that has decided that government can more effectively handle everyday problems than can the average citizen. Yes, I get as disgusted by the poor treatment of pets as anyone. I am a dog lover, and I volunteer my time to rescue certain breeds of dogs. But I wonder when my concern for a dog's welfare should exceed the right of my neighbor to decide how he wants to take care of his dog. Certainly those people who abuse or mistreat animals (i.e. pets) should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law (think dull spoon and home surgery). But should those of us who treat our dogs like part of the family have the right to put a loaded gun to the head of a man who sees a dog as a backyard ornament, and provides acceptable but less than palatial accommodations?
As society grows, more and more people tend (out of pure laziness) to ask government to take care of those things they find difficult or awkward. This is a horribly slippery and dangerous slope to traverse. The more we ask government to do for us, the more they will be willing to do for us, until one day they decide they should do more for us than we would really prefer. As government grows and takes on more responsibility it requires more fuel to make the engine run. That fuel is our independence, and more often our money. Just as you would not think it fair if your boss asked you to assume increased responsibility without the associated increase in pay and authority, we cannot logically presume that government will begin accepting more and more responsibility without requesting the ability to enforce those laws.
Then there is the really nasty part of being the one who controls the loaded gun held at the head of another person. There will come a day when, rather than holding the trigger of the gun, we will be looking down the barrel and the other guy is holding the trigger. Don't believe me? Think of anywhere the control of government has changed.
The greatest threat to our free society is not the blithering Islamo-Fascists but the average citizen who readily allows government leaders and their sock-puppet sycophants to assume responsibility for the lives of the citizenry. It is actually a short trip from infringements on personal and private property rights in the interest of "health sensibilities" and other generic terms, to the government telling us how we must take care of Fluffy.
We must remain vigilant; for the government representative who today brags about how he "helped" us enforce our will (to include the taking of another's money for something we want) will be the same official who one day looks to us to give up our rights to satisfy the ravenous needs of government.
So when your representative brags about all they will do for you, consider it in terms of what you will no longer be allowed to do for yourself.
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