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John Stuart Mill Quote

The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self protection... [T]he only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant... The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.

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Recent Interaction with the Government
Today I woke up to find that my car had been towed out of visitor parking at Tuscany 2 in Ewa Beach. I couldnít believe it. I was babysitting my sisterís kids for the weekend and this is what I get. To make a long story short, I found out that you must have a guest parking pass to park overnight. I called my sister and asked her what was up. She said that when she moved in that they told them parking wouldnít be enforced yet and assumed they would let her know when it was. I also noted that the Guest parking signs in Tuscany 2 did not have the same decals on them as other signs in this development area, mainly the ďPermit required 2 a.m. and 6a.m.Ē. Oopssss, looks like management screwed up on this one. This got me thinking of all the other ridiculous laws that exist out there in the pursuit of micromanaging behavior. I donít think these kinds of crazy things existed for much of the history of the American people, but over the last several decades, the amount of control being exerted upon the people in the name of consumer protection or protection in general is increasing.

Recently, I received a jaywalking ticket for attempting to walk across Hotel Street between Alakea and Bishop Street during the middle of the day on a work day. This street has got to be one of the safest streets in downtown for jaywalking because buses are only allowed on it, yet police have been ticketing jaywalkers for the past several weeks, all in the name of protecting us. I took one step into the street when I heard a voice from behind. I turned around, walked over the motioning officer, and was summarily given a ticket for jaywalking. The law states that you cannot cross a street, but I didnít cross the street. I took one step into the street and one step out. I told the officer I couldnít believe that he was giving me a ticket. He said he was doing it to guard against the loss of life. I laughed at him and said I didnít think that is why they were doing it. Downtown is a safe place to jaywalk across hotel street. Itís a narrow street with only buses. I told him that I had two eyes and was very capable of seeing when somebody was coming. I added that I really believed that this was another hidden tax on the citizens of Hawaii. So Iím taking the ticket to court to argue that I didnít break any laws. The police office must not know the laws he is sworn to protect because I certainly didnít cross the street. Why has America come to point where they are ticketing hard-working citizens with two functioning eyes for crossing a narrow street? What is really going on here? Why donít the police focus on hard crime, instead of targeting law-abiding citizens? Where are their priorities? Yes, pedestrians die in Hawaii every year. Often these pedestrians arenít paying attention and are crossing streets where not looking. Many times they are old people who just arenít paying attention. But why do they need to target young folks that usually donít get hit crossing narrow roads? If it was truly about saving lives, they would be monitoring streets where folks have died, such as King Street, but when they are ticketing Hotel Street downtown, you know it is about money, because there are a high volume of folks with money that most likely will pay their tickets without complaining. So go do some real police work and catch murderers, thieves, and drug dealers. Quit harassing citizens that follow the law in areas that matter.

Every time I drive on the freeway I see these ridiculous ďClick It or Ticket $92 fineĒ signs up and I think to myself, why does it matter whether or not I wear my seatbelt everyday? Why does the government care if I do or donít? Shouldnít they be worried about weightier issues? What I the purpose of this? The arguments they use are what happens if you get into an accident and arenít wearing a seatbelt. The cost for medical care will be too high. This is true, but whoís to say I would survive anyway. And whoís to say that surviving because of seatbelt would render me functional. Perhaps it would have been better to die. The point is shouldnít I have the right to make that decision. Why would the government make such a big deal out of such an insignificant thing? The answer is control. Some activist somewhere has decided to make this their crusade in life and now the government exerts their control on something seemingly innocent. They train you think that you are bad or not respectful or law-abiding if you choose to not wear a seatbelt. Itís an invasion of privacy and should have nothing to do with the government. There are people out there who believe the government should control and micromanage your life and ďClick or Ticket LawsĒ are a means to that end. Where did the freedom that America was founded on go? Do you think they are had these insane jaywalking or seatbelt laws? I doubt it. These laws are a means to an end. The means are baby steps of control. The ends are the micromanagement of your lives by the government. When will America wake up to this nonsense and demand that the government leave us alone and allow hard-working Americans to live their lives without the overbearing hand of government dictating what they can and canít do. The problem is the government enables a small group of people to act any way they want through rewarding them with entitlement regardless of what they do. These people then produce most of the crime in the country and the government then institutes laws that restrict all peopleís freedoms in the name of protecting us from the very group of people the government has created. Remove the entitlement programs, remove the incentive, and allow law-abiding American citizens to live as the founding fathers dictated, with limited government securing their rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, no a government that micromanages their lives and restricts the blessings of liberty rightfully earned. The government is the problem, and the people are the solution to this problem. The people must demand through peaceful means their money back and if, as the founding fathers declared in the Declaration of Independence, the government becomes destructive of these rights, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. If these rights are eroded over a long enough period of time, then the people have the right to take up arms and demand and fight for their freedom and rights. Itís in the Declaration of Independence. Governments should be changed for light or transient reasons, but when the abuses have been carried on for a long period of time, and then the people who through their actions gave birth to the government have the right to change the government. Honestly, I think the government has been abusing hard-working middle class Americans for a long period of time. Sure, they say that they are fighting for our rights and for us, but how is increasing the size of the federal government or any government help the middle class. Their assumptions are that we need them to protect us. I donít need anyone to protect me. Iím perfectly capable of fighting for myself in the business world. Iíve worked hard for an education. Iím confident that I would be fine without an overbearing government. How is taking money away from me at such a high rate protect me? If anything, you restrict my ability to choose my own protection or my own direction? If you truly cared about the middle class, you would drop our tax rate to 10 percent and no more. Why do you take 28 percent? Where does this money go? It certainly hasnít been going to protecting the American people very well. See the open porous borders, the failures of 9/11, the millions of people in America illegally, the hundreds of thousands of people in America with expired visas. If you cannot protect the borders, then what can the federal government do well. It seems like the easiest thing to do would be to protect something physical such as a border. What is so difficult about this?

Why should we trust the government with any more of our money? Why do we allow them to continually take and spend, to drive us further and further in debt for their entitlement programs that we will most likely never see the benefits of? We all know that these programs are basically votes for dollars. How does this benefit middle class America? It doesnít at all. I prefer to not distinguish folks by the money they make. Let me rephrase the previous arguments. How does this benefit people who are willing to work hard their whole life? I assume that most Americans are such people. Why do you continue to pay into a system that rewards laziness? I am reminded of the Benjamin Franklin quote ďThose who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." The essential liberty here is the freedom to choose what I do with my hard earned money, instead of allowing the government to choose that for me. I do not want to live in a system that says give us a good portion of your money and we will in turn give you financial safety nets, because I know as Benjamin knew that ultimately the government will take away both liberty and safety. The focus should always be on liberty, not safety; because crusades of safety ultimately end in enslavement of the people. Crusades of liberty only end in freedom and choice. I want that kind of America, not the lie that is being promulgated by our current group of politicians and leaders. We donít need more entitlement programs (such as universal health careÖ even illegal aliens in this country get health careÖ so why would we need universal health care). We need less entitlement programs. If you care about the middle class, then you will fight for smaller government, less entitlement and lower taxesÖ because this will lead to freedom and liberty and happiness. Those who choose to live terrible lives, make terrible choices, will suffer from their own choices, which is a good thing, because often suffering is what causes people to seek change. Without suffering, they would continually walk down a path in life that leads to more sorrow. Entitlement programs are less compassionate than a system that has no programs. How is allowing someone to pursue a lifestyle that is destructive more compassionate than allowing them to feel the full effects of their choices and seek for change?

Every jaywalking ticket or seatbelt ticket you give is time wasted that could have been spent on some real police work.
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