Letting Government Control You

If I want to do something, I don’t stop just because government decides to mandate it.

For example, I want to wear a seat belt when in a vehicle. I did so long before it became “the law.” I didn’t stop wearing one when government made it a “crime” to neglect to wear one.

I understand physics. I want to reduce my chances of injury in case of a wreck. I am not under any delusion that a seat belt guarantees anything– Cheyenne was wearing a seat belt and it didn’t help.

But, I know the risks both ways, and that’s my choice. I wouldn’t dream of forcing my choice on you (but if you are riding in my vehicle, I will ask you to put on the seat belt, and I may choose to not drive you if you won’t).

I don’t support using “laws” against you if you make a different choice, and I understand that cops who make “traffic stops” based on seat belt use are nothing but bullies and thieves. Maybe worse.

In other cases I haven’t stopped doing some things just because government decided to forbid them. And I haven’t starteddoing things just because government forbids them, either. There are a few things I have chosen to do after government made them mandatory, just to avoid being murdered, not because I agree. I wish I didn’t think this is necessary, but in a few cases, I do.

Mandatory or forbidden, government’s opinion on matters is generally irrelevant to me.

If you change your behavior just because of government or its “laws”, you are letting them control you no matter which way you go. If that’s your choice, at least recognize it.

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Kent McManigal

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