Ford Motor Company has announced a new program for placing
booster seats in its new autos. Booster seats are for kids
between 40 and 80 lbs, which means your skinny, 78 lb. 12 year
old, who has had five years of sex education in school, is to be
treated as a "child" in a vehicle.
And such laws are mandatory in a few states now.
Do you ever get the feeling that government is intruding in
your private life? That our federally financed roads are
now our federally dictated mobility avenues?
Of course, Ford Motor Company, blasted from headline to
headline across the nation for the Ford Explorer/Firestone Tire
crashes, needs a good public relations gimmick, which I would
suspect is behind this new philosophy of "caring for our
kids." Someone at Ford learned well from the Clinton
administration that no matter what you want done, if you can do
it "for the kids" it will be approved. (What
legislator wants to get up and debate a program "for the
kids" and sound like a cross between Scrooge and Darth
"For the kids" is now the liberal route to getting
idiotic legislation passed in nearly every state of the union as
well as in Congress! That, to me, is child abuse.
Now, how about auto helmets? We have motorcycle
helmets. We have bicycle helmets. We have legislators who
want moped helmets. We may even have jet ski helmets
(although I don't know this for a fact). But auto helmets?
Now a good, liberally-minded, foresighted, money-minded company
could very well introduce the Auto Helmet. If it's for the
kids ... you better believe it will pass the state legislatures
Of course, kids need an example, so why not require all
motorists to wear auto helmets? Adults stand to have the
air knocked out of their hedbones in a vehicle crash, so let's
just go all the way and design something that looks like a NASA
experiment for next-generation astronaut head gear and require
everyone who rides in a motor vehicle to wear one. Even
with tuxedo or evening gown.
And NASCAR racers. After all, if Dale Earnhardt died
driving 180 mph, you might also, assuming your SUV will achieve
that speed. You could also die suddenly if a semi jack
knifes in front of you on the interstate, or a cement truck
dumps its load on top of your vehicle so that you and all
passengers are entombed in a mound of concrete mix.
Driving is dangerous business, but legislatures seem to have
discovered that only recently. In the days when Americans
demanded freedom, they took the consequences of their actions.
Now, the people are crying for Uncle to come save them from
themselves. Especially the kids.
But, there are benefits too. Think of it this way. If
you get stuck on the railroad tracks and a locomotive tee-bones
your Yugo ... with a helmet your head will survive intact.
Makes for a nicer funeral scene.
If this sounds like I am sick of stupid laws, I am indeed.
We have enough laws to make a banana republic dictator laugh
himself silly ... primarily because in a banana republic, the
dictator is the law. He simply used the shorter route of
revolution to get his absolute power of control. The
United States is doing it the turtle way ... one law at a time,
but sometimes a bunch a week. (That's bunch, as in
Let me in on the IPO for the first auto helmet company
because if it's for the kids, I'd like a few shares of stock in
We all know ... if it's for the kids ... it's going to make
money, hamper freedom and further the cause of globalism.
Such worthy projects should not be left unnoticed.
Actually, such projects and all stupid laws should be dumped
and if the legislators who passed the laws are still in the
country, they should be tried for violating the provisions of
the Constitution. It won't happen.
It could happen, but Americans are so emotional they don't
stop to think that laws "for the kids" are actually
laws that adults have to obey.
There is absolutely no way to describe how much liberty the
American people could discover if only we had less government,
fewer laws and the cry for personal responsibility, not
The only ten laws that make sense, however, aren't legal for
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