Dolts and Idiots
by Don Cooper
by Don Cooper: American
nonsense, broken logic and stupidity abounds.
Take, for example,
that in most states the government says that a person canít drink
alcohol until they are 21-years-old. Why 21? No one knows just some
arbitrary number that has changed many times over the years demonstrating
thereís no reasoning to it. But not to adhere to it is a crime.
But at eighteen
they are considered an adult (except at Florida theme parks where
my 12-year-old is considered an adult and daddy pays full price)
and are then given the "privilege" to vote, join the military
and legally kill people in war, but cannot legally drink a cold
beer. Why eighteen? No one knows just some arbitrary number that
the government has decided officially makes a person an "adult."
From eighteen on a person is also given the "privilege"
of entering into marriage sanctioned by the state and to procreate
with another of the "privileged" class, but still no cold
beer, damn it! You donít want that criminal conviction on your permanent
record. That record will follow you around for the rest of your
life and youíll never be able to get a "good" job.
over twenty-one and have a good job so this is the part where I
with parental consent, a person can join the military and legally
kill people in war but cannot vote, procreate, nor legally drink
a cold beer. Why seventeen? No one knows just some arbitrary number
that the government has decided shouldnít carry as many "privileges
as the number eighteen.
then, a person, still considered a child by the government, is considered
responsible enough to drive a motor vehicle Ė considered
a deadly weapon in all 50 states Ė but cannot vote nor join
the military and legally kill people in war nor drink a cold beer.
Why sixteen? No one knows, just some arbitrary number that allows
children to operate deadly weapons on our streets.
then a person is considered responsible enough to drive a car with
another licensed driver, which could be a 16-year-old who got his
license yesterday, but he cannot vote, legally kill people, nor
have a cold beer. Why fifteen? No one knows just some arbitrary
number that coincides with the rebellious stage in adolescent development.
What better time for them to be behind the wheel of a car with their
high school friends?
their high school friends can get beer.)
a boyís voice changes and his manhood arrives. That is to say: mother-nature
considers him mature. The government, as everyone knows, knows better
than mother-nature, though, and will tell us when someone is mature.
What does mother-nature
know anyway? She doesnít even know that she and her planet are sick.
That they are dying and the governments of the world are doing all
they can to save her. Certainly we canít leave such important decisions
to her. But I digress.
are another bit of nonsense. The government will tell us what is
the one and only maximum safe speed on any given highway. But doesnít
that speed depend on a number of other factors such as: weather
conditions, volume of traffic, condition of the car, condition of
the driver, time of day, etc.? And certainly those factors vary
from situation to situation. One driver may be driving in the rain,
or the snow or on icy roads. Another may be tired or the car may
be old and in a state of disrepair. Yet another may be in heavy
traffic at night whilst another may be in light traffic during the
day. Doesnít every driver have the responsibility of making the
best decisions regarding a safe speed given all those factors? And
doesnít the fact that the state has issued us a driverís license
mean that we are to be trusted with making just such decisions?
If not then why have they let us on the road behind the wheel of
a deadly weapon? What if thereís a street with no speed limit posted?
Are we to stop and call for help? Moving right along.
for fear of beating a dead horse, and running out of bourbon, Iíll
finish up with the stupidity of laws such as j-walking which
is still enforced today in Georgia, Florida,
Vegas, and no doubt many other states and cities. J-walking
is a law that assumes that we as a society are such dolts and idiots
that we canít be trusted to safely cross the street on our own,
so the government is going to build a cross-walk with a light to
tell us where and when to cross the street. But if we are a society
of dolts and idiots and we have a government of and by the people,
then doesnít that mean we have a government of dolts and idiots?
And didnít George Bush and "Dick" Cheney prove that? He
shot someone in the face?
why I drink!
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native, Navy veteran, economist, business analyst and father.
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