Friday, March 09, 2007

Big "Bother" is Watching

OK so this is a pet peeve of mine ... why does the government feel they can step into my personal life with rules and regulations that, although they may be "good and well intended" are directly a violation of my personal rights?

Two hostile examples come to mind. the first is child car seats. My 7 year old is trapped in a car seat that supposedly will make him safer in an accident and because of both his weight and age he will be in a car seat for the next 6 months or more.

This causes concern to me as a parent.... 1. My growing son's legs are larger and heavier and can't touch the floor properly when riding in the car seat over long periods of time. This causes his legs to fall asleep with the blood circulation cut off and when he realizes this is happening and adjusts it causes him pain. Pain to the point he is vocal about it and that is not good. 2. Actual testing of car seats in accidents prove that the car seat is not very effective as it is currently designed up to 30 mph, go faster and there is not as much supporting evidence that a car seat will make a difference.

If the rules that applied to younger children were applied to adults of the same stature we would have an outcry of people claiming harassment, but no one will step up and say this is a violation of my rights OR my child's. Ok and this makes me a bad parent now because I don't think the government should mandate this.

But I still do it. I still load up my kids in the car seats and have to climb in and buckle them. Then we are sitting enjoying a bite to eat watching out the window as 8 kids climb into the back of a ... car. No seats, not even the buckles in the car. Where is the accountability? Why do I feel forced to comply and other people blatantly get away with not doing it?

The second is the smoking ban that is coming across America... yes we know smoking is bad for you, yes I know that people shouldn't smoke around other people that are unwilling to breath in that smoke. Sure people shouldn't smoke around kids ... but giving me advice (good advice) is one thing while making a law that I can't drive a car while smoking a cigarette is a terrible thing .... So why does this bother me if I don't smoke? It is just one more freedom taken away.

Now for those who think I am nuts, for those who think I am dead wrong to oppose these infringements of my rights ... one last link. The Spanking Ban. California legislature wants to make it a crime (a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and/or jail time) to spank your child. **

Now every "good christian parent" knows that this is a bad idea ... but in reality it is just one more right being taken away. Next time you see someone smoking or loading their 8 kids in the back of a 1980's Cadillac ... ask them if they are worried about getting caught breaking the law ... when they grab that little brat in the mall and give them a swat on the bottom, don't just stand their and gawk, offer to lend them a hand.

I love this quote, it is a little overkill for this topic... :-)

First They Came for the Jews
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

** I realize that the links I was using were already changed, I relinked to another article about the revised spanking ban ... your best bet is to search Google News

NOTE: The title "Big Bother is watching" is there for a reason ... although the government is the "Big Brother" in many people's eyes ... many of the laws and legislation is more of a "Big Bother." Thanks for the emails correcting me though :-)

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