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    Baby Steps​


    Once upon a time, seat belts were an option in automobiles. Then, one day the government made them mandatory. Today, most states can fine you if you aren’t wearing a seatbelt.

    Once upon a time, the government passed a law that required airlines to provide ‘no smoking” sections on their airplanes. Today, there are entire cities where smoking is outlawed everywhere but in your own house.

    Once upon a time, Thomas Edison invented an incandescent light bulb. Tomorrow (2014) will see the government ban on incandescent light bulbs become almost complete.

    In each case above, had somebody told you (at the time) that the first sentence would ultimately result in the last sentence, you probably would have told them that they were looney tunes crazy. That’s how government encroachment works, in baby steps that slowly eat away at our liberties and rights.

    On March 23rd 2010 a law was passed that required all US citizens to purchase/have health insurance. I’m looney tunes crazy, so I wonder how long it will be before the government can force you to have medical treatment that you choose not to engage in. After all, it’s for your own good.
     
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    Your rights end at the tip of my nose.

    You faile to realise its NOT just about YOUR rights
     
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    Good thing incandescence are nearly useless huh?

    It's ancient technology and it has been replaced, it's time to move on.
     
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    Read 'Nudge' by Cass Sunstein. They lay out exactly how to 'force' compliance by the people to the will of Government.
     
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    Read the last 3 sentences of the OP and tell me where your rights end.
     
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    Are you in favor of the government eliminating your personal choices?
     
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    This is a well thought out post, Mountain Man! It reminds me of when Maxine Waters had a 'slip of the tongue' where she her (or THEIR) goal was a move towards socialism.

     
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    The government can ALREADY force you to have medical treatment you choose not to engage in. Don't believe it? Call up emergency services, threaten suicide, and see how long it takes for you to get a shot of Haldol!
     
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    When your activities harm Americans they are allowed to make laws to protect themselves
     
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    I prefer to not expand their power in such matters.
     

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