It’s time to stop protecting stupid people

Posted on 2007-01-23. Filed under: Life |

The following text is from an article I read online here: http://www.columbiadailyherald.com/articles/2006/07/09/opinion/03time.prt

I agree with this article wholeheartedly. People have talked a lot lately about how little the legislature works in Washington (meaning how few days a week they work, not how ineffective they are). They discuss this in a bad way. However, I’m not so sure I want them working a lot. Just look at what happens when they try and come up with a good idea. Personally, I think they should work about half a year (with no pay – just minimal expenses covered) and then the other half of the year, they should go home and work a job! Contribute to the economy already! I’d like to see what kinds of people those conditions of public service attract. Hey, if it doesn’t work, we could always go back to this broken two-party system crap. If I have to pray for the people in government, I would appreciate praying for people that I actually respect.

More stupid government tricks if you’re so inclined to read them after you look at the article below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/28/AR2006112801583.html

http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2006/12/10/news/121006fzcitycode.txt

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003062386_danny15.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,193652,00.html

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6476

http://www.ketv.com/news/7409792/detail.html

http://www.nbc5i.com/news/8169246/detail.html

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/5670555p-5085163c.html

 http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060829/NEWS24/608290360/-1/NEWS

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You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

— Abe Lincoln

An alert reader from the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts sent me a piece about elected officials there contemplating requiring helmets for kids that play soccer. People send me these silly PC news items just to stir me up; much like they tap on the gorilla cage at the zoo in hope of getting a reaction. It works.

State Representative Deborah Blumer, D-Framington Mass., proposed that all state soccer players be required to wear a helmet during games. My suggestion is for soccer players, whose hands are free by the rules of the game, use them to slap this lawmaker in the head.

It makes me think of how we tend to live in a world where legislators are still trying to make silly laws and interfere where they have no business. It makes me wonder where personal responsibility, consequences and common sense have gone. If people are not allowed to think for themselves, take measured risks and accept the consequences, then what kind of world do we have?

When we were kids we became living proof of “survival of the fittest.” Our parents smoked and kept the windows rolled up when doing so, as we (with out seat belts) climbed around in the back seat of the car. We hitchhiked, rode in the back of trucks, drank water from garden hoses, had BB gun fights and played ball in our yards until dark.

Little League had tryouts, and not everyone made the team. We knew that and became better at baseball to make the team. And it is not reasonable or healthy to rely on others to make you feel good about yourself.

Our parents never bailed us out of trouble with teachers or police. In fact, mine actually sided with the authorities when I got in trouble. And they were right; I did it.

Yet we knew the good guys from the bad, the good scoundrels from the ones that were really trouble. We did this through personal interaction, not the instant messaging, text message world of today. No one was able to reach us all day, and now that seems like a dream today. We had friends, and we met them outside and we played. Dinner was on the table when we got home, and we ate it with our family.

There is a great old joke that goes: what does every redneck say before he dies? “Hey fellers, watch this!” Certainly we do stupid things, but the real stupid folks die from it, and it really cuts down on the idiots that we are going to have to support someday anyway. Darwin called it “Natural Selection” and “Survival of the Fittest.”

I have scars from motorcycle accidents, football injuries, and I still limp a bit. I never thought to sue anyone over it nor have I every talked to a shrink about it. And I have determined that my guy friends now all have the same pains for similar reasons. It is just what we are about. These guys are the successful risk takers, problem solvers, entrepreneurs and creative people that shape our world.

When I interviewed for a job on Wall Street it was hard to differentiate all the MBA’s that wanted these elite jobs. When one interviewer, without even looking up from my resume’ said to me, “well Mr. Hart, we see so many Ivy League MBA’s here at Goldman Sachs, how are you different? I thought for a second and said the following: “I have been to a cock fight; I have spent a night in a county jail, and I have seen a man bite another man’s ear lobe off in a bar fight. Other than that, there is probably no difference.”

This guy was shocked, and as my interviews went on that day each person would ask me in detail about that earlier comment. My thinking, and eventually theirs, was that we are all products of our experiences, and the ones that do not kill you make you stronger.

We all must take some risks, understand those risks and find a way to survive them. Failure, success, consequences and the underlying premise of all human activity is that you, not the government or your parents, are responsible for yourself.

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