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If "The law is a ass," then kiss my laws

The reaction of many people to the immigration "reform" bill reminds me, in a way, of several other incidents. The most odd connection has to be the Clinton impeachment.

Bear with me. I'll make this work.

In both cases, as well as so many others, the attitude seems to be "if you don't like a law, don't obey it."

In the old days, if you didn't like a law, you worked to change it. Or you violated it in such a way as to force the government to either prosecute you or declare that the law was wrong. In that way, hte law was brought to heel by the will of the people.

Nowadays, that approach seems quaint and obsolete. Don't like a law? Don't obey it. And if you get caught, denounce the prosecution as persecution and cry "racism" or "witch hunt" or "partisanship."

Let's assume you're being sued for sexual harassment by a former subordinate. Under oath, you're asked about certain other alleged sexual relationships you've had with other subordinates. You don't think it's anyone else's damned business (conveniently forgetting that you signed the very law that makes the question admissible), so you deny it. As long as the subordinate keeps her mouth shut (for a change) and there's no physical evidence, what's the big deal?

Or let's say you want to live the American Dream. So you come to America, get a job, work hard, and try to support your family. But you don't bother to do all the paperwork involved. You come in on a tourist or a student visa, then work anyway. Or you say you're only going to stay six months or so, then forget to go home. Or you don't even want to bother with the annoying, expensive, confusing paperwork, so you sneak across the border. Hey, your intentions are decent, so what's the big deal? You're not doing anything millions of others don't do every year.

The United States has probably the most flexible system of laws in the world. I can't think of any other nation where the laws can be changed as easily, so readily pushed to comply with the will of the people.

That's not to say that it's easy, but it's a damned sight easier than anywhere else I know of.

So there is no excuse for just ignoring laws you don't like. Well, no valid excuse -- they say that "ignorance of the law is no excuse," and the same applies to laziness, selfishness, cupidity, or plain old self-interest.

Don't like the laws on immigration, sexual harassment, speeding, smoking, seat belts, perjury, or picking up after your dog? Fine. That's your right.

But your choices are simple: live with it, work to change it, or be ready to accept the consequences if you get caught.

But -- in this nation of all nations -- don't you dare whine about it when you get caught ignoring it.


Comments (8)

These old jackasses in DC a... (Below threshold)
RG:

These old jackasses in DC are mostly on medication!

Bush, Kennedy, McCain, Clinton, Kerry, Rove, etc. ALL BELONG TO THE SAME PARTY - THE ELITIST/GOVERNMENT PARTY, GET IT?

At least 75% of the American people want the USA to fight illegal immigration AND LOWER LEGAL IMMIGRATION but the elites are paid off by business to allow a constant flow of low-skilled, poorly educated, compliant people to take low-skill jobs in agri-business, restaurants, hotels and now flooding into construction and plumbing.

The elites don't care a damn about culture except that any culture is better than American culture and it should be "celebrated" with a breakfast burrito and Sink-hole de Mayo celebrations!

Mexico is directing our immigration policy, has been for years but even more so under Jorge Busheron. Bush is obsessed with Mexico and Latinos and the Judeo-Christian, European-based, Caucasian (yes I said it!) culture of the USA be damned if he get his new "guest peasant" worker program to fruition.

Every nation in the world enforces it's borders and interior immigration laws - except the USA, so we can pander to that toilet known as Mexico.

Or let me ask you this? If they only want to come here to work "temporarily" (illegally with fraudulent papers, income tax evasion, etc.), why are we offering them a "path to citizenship" or at the least never-ending re-application for the "temporary" work visas? Remember what the Europeans learned after inviting their Muslim "guest workers" in the 1970's and 80's. There's nothing as permanent as a temporary worker.....Have more babies senorita, the 14th amendment be damned! Mexico is colonizing our country.....have another taco!


I really think you hit the ... (Below threshold)
Jon Swales:

I really think you hit the nail on the head Jay. No matter what happens with this bill at the end of the day it will not be enforced. Who is going to make people here illegally comply with the provisions of the bill? What advantage is there for anyone already here illegal to obey the new law?

Ha!Great headline,... (Below threshold)

Ha!

Great headline, J.

Bottom line and best course... (Below threshold)
ted:

Bottom line and best course: First, NO NEW LAW. JUST ENFORCE WHAT WE'VE GOT. Second, BUILD THE DARN WALL NOW WITH THE AUTHORITY WHICH ALREADY EXISTS. Case closed.

I guess from my POV, enforc... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

I guess from my POV, enforcing laws (or not) comes down to a bit of government economics:

1) Is it in the society's/government's interest to enforce the relevant law?

2) How costly would it be to enforce the relevant law?

--|PW|--

How costly is it NOT to enf... (Below threshold)
epador:

How costly is it NOT to enforce it?

Epador:A legitimat... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

Epador:

A legitimate question, factored in, I think, by both prongs of my test.

--|PW|--

RE: TWO PRONGSI'm... (Below threshold)
epador:

RE: TWO PRONGS

I'm not disagreeing w/u PW

I find my single question more economical.

;-) Is that a forked tongue, or some bizarre two headed deformity above a single teste?

Sorry, but the pun center of my brain is seizing this AM.




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