Been going through old logs that Steve has been sending me.. these mostly consist of me bitching, which should surprise nobody.
The thing is, when I read these, I just get angry all over again at whatever it is I was griping about.
[kitten] I'm just sick of laws in general.
[kitten] We put up with so much nonsense.
[kitten] Do this. Don't do that. Stand here. Walk there. Fill out form. Let's see license. Stand in line to pay. Go back and have it stamped. Submit six copies. Drop dead - but first get a permit.
Our country's system of laws has become this bloated mass of utter nonsense that, for the most part, serves little purpose other than to generate revenue for the government. It's absolutely disgusting.
I remember this conversation though - as I remember everything - and I believe that my ranting was influenced, at least partially, by having just finished Heinlein's The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
, but I believe my point still stands. All these ridiculous laws, always for the other
guy, never for yourself. Not once have I heard someone say "Please make this illegal, because I do not know when to stop doing it." No, it's always "This should be illegal even though I don't do it, because I don't like when other
people do it." As if these victimless crimes are anyone's business but the person doing them.
I'm talking largely about sex laws and drug laws here. I don't use drugs. Period. I drink, and I smoke cigarettes, and that's it. At the age of 22, I've smoked pot a grand total of twice in my life. I think drugs are a complete waste of time and money, to be quite honest.
But if Johnny down the street wants to sit inside his house and shoot heroin all day, then what the hemmoraghing fuck do I care? Who is he hurting that it's any of my business?
Nobody but himself, that's who. And quite frankly, that isn't my problem, nor is it the government's problem.
"But what if he steals or kills to get his fix!" the panicked cries come gushing forth.
Then you punish him for that
, as killing or stealing actually has a victim. You don't punish him for the act of drug use itself - only when and if he brings some unwilling third party into it is it anybody's concern.
Sex laws bother me too. Aside from rape and molestation, I really don't understand why sex is legislated at all. Again, only if there is an unwilling party to it does it become a crime - if both (or more..) people are willing, then exactly where is the victim?
For example, in Georgia, there is actually a legal definition for the 'crime' of 'fornication', which is defined as two people - any age - having sex when they are not married to each other. That's right. Two 30 year olds who have been dating for a year having sex, and this is a crime.
Now, I realize it's one of those crimes that's not actually enforced and that nobody cares about, but the fact that it's even on the books bothers me. There's a million laws like that - laws that are merely paper, that nobody pays attention to, that are the product of outmoded ways of thinking from days gone by.. why doesn't somebody clean this up?
I remember a few years ago, the legislative body of Georgia was having a huge debate over the sodomy laws, whether it should be amended, and how, and what the new definition of sodomy should be, etc. And during the whole fiasco I'm thinking, "Who the fuck cares?
" Get rid of the stupid law and move on. I can think of so many more pressing issues to deal with, but instead, my tax dollars are being spent so a bunch of whiny old men can sit around and argue about who is allowed to have sex with who.
Statutory rape laws bother me as well. I think part of that is the word 'rape'.. to me, this conjures up the most horrible of images, of violence and violation and, well, rape.
Is that what 'statutory rape' is? No. Usually it's just some parent who gets pissed off at some guy who had sex with their daughter - nevermind the fact that their daughter wanted it also. Is this really grounds for calling the guy a 'rapist', placing him in the same category as the animals that actually force
themselves on people through physical violence?
[kitten] It's a crime for anyone to have consensual sex with someone under 17, right, because surely a 15 year old doesn't understand what sex is.
[kitten] And even when a 15 year old says "yes", they probably just don't know what they're doing, right?
[kitten] Fuck that.
[kitten] 16 years is old enough to know what you doing.
Now, I'm not saying it's cool for a 25 year old to be screwing around with a 15 year old, but honestly people - who cares? Let them. Mind your own business.
"But.. but they're so young! They don't understand the ramifications of sex! Won't somebody think of the children@#$%" come the righteous screams of the Big Brother sect.
Somehow we seem to have forgotten that until very recently, children were more than capable of dealing with things. Throughout history, people young enough to be called 'children' were the heads of state for some of the most powerful nations on the planet. King Tut, ruler of Egypt - arguably the most wealthy and advanced nation at the time - was how old when he took the throne? 12 years old, if I'm not mistaken.
The reason kids today may be perceived as unable to deal with situations is because we shelter them to such a ridiculous extent. Of course
if you stagnant their growth and hold their hands for every little thing, they're going to be dependant little morons who can't figure things out. But that's an artificial restriction placed upon them by society, isn't it? They aren't necessarily that helpless merely by virtue of being young.
[kitten] 99% of laws should be eliminated and replaced with the phrase "You know what you doing."
[kitten] Let people figure shit out on their own.. if they make stupid choices, let them.
[kitten] Because, breaking the law in this case would mean that you DON'T know what you doing, and therefore will have no chance to survive.
[kitten] Let people make their own decisions, if they make stupid ones, they'll be on the path to destruction.
[kitten] I'm tired of the government holding everyone's hand and making laws to protect stupidity.
[kitten] New statutory rape law: "You know what you doing."
[kitten] New liability clauses: "You know what you doing."
[stevers] change the first amendment to "What you say!"
[kitten] Helmet law: You know what you doing.
[kitten] Seatbelt law: You know what you doing.
[kitten] Seriously though.
[kitten] Like seatbelt laws.
[kitten] Fuck that.
[stevers] let them fly through a windscreen
[kitten] If I want to be a dumbass and not wear a seatbelt, the cops should just say "you know what you doing."
[stevers] the helmet law is the dumbest.
[stevers] a law to protect a head that doesn't know well enough to protect itself.
[kitten] A helmet law. The purpose of which is protect a brain that's so stupid that it wouldn't wear a helmet unless forced.
[stever] let that fucker get smeared across some asphalt.
[kitten] So yeah.
[kitten] Most laws are to be replaced with "You know what you doing."
[stevers] if you don't know what you doing; you have no chance to survive.
[kitten] Here's the deal then.
[kitten] Law: "You know what you doing." Crime: Not knowing what you doing. Penalty: You have no chance to survive.
[stevers] now that's what I call great justice
I don't think that's such a bad idea, really. If you make stupid decisions, the consequences will come back to bite you all by themselves. Do we really need additional
punishments doled out by a beaurocracy?
Take another look at the drug thing, I suppose. If Johnny wants to sit in his house and smoke crack all day, I say, let him. He'll wind up killing off braincells until he's a vegetable - isn't that punishment enough?
[kitten] Take driving for example.
[kitten] Once you buy the car.
[kitten] And get a license.
[kitten] Now you have to get insurance, and get raped for that.
[kitten] And you have to have it tagged, and get raped for that.
[kitten] And you have to renew all this every fucking time you turn around, and get raped.
[kitten] And get emissions inspected, and get raped.
[kitten] And pay a tax based on how nice your car is, and get raped.
[kitten] And as soon as you're done paying all that, you have to do it again in six months.
[kitten] I mean.
[kitten] This fucking city in particular, acts like it's some big fucking privilege to live here.
[stevers] yeah, i've heard that about atlanta.
[kitten] "We think it's reasonable to make you pay ten thousand useless fees every six months or so, because we allow you the honor of living here."
[kitten] And because all these things are *law* the government can do whatever they want.
[kitten] They hire ten people to work the tag office, but only one of them actually does anything.
[kitten] The rest are just standing there with "Next Window Please".
[kitten] Meanwhile the line is out the fucking door and wrapped around the building.
[kitten] And they close for a two hours "for lunch", right when everyone who WORKS for a living gets a lunch break.
[kitten] And they open at 9:30 and close at 4:30.
[kitten] When everyone's AT WORK.
[kitten] And what're you gonna do about it?
[kitten] Because you can't NOT have these things.
[kitten] And why does it cost so much?
[kitten] Well.. they have to have some way of paying the other nine people to stand around in the tag office!
[kitten] And they tax you based on the weight of your vehicle too.
[kitten] Like it somehow costs the government more money because you happen to have a heavy vehicle?
[stevers] well, same thing at a bank.
[kitten] Yes, but you don't *have* to go to a bank.
[kitten] There's no law.
[kitten] It's convenient.. sometimes, sort of.. but you don't have to.
[kitten] And if you don't like it, you can try another bank. Since there's no law that says you have to go to a bank, the banks can be more competetive, because they want customers.
[kitten] Whereas, say, insurance companies do whatever they want. Sure, you could go to another company, but it won't change, because ALL of them know that you HAVE to go to one of them.
[kitten] I wish I had a shitload of money.
[kitten] I'd start an insurance company.
[kitten] Gone are the days when Adam Smith's invisible hand governed the marketplace, gone are the days when poor business ventures flopped and only the good ideas survived.
[kitten] Because now it's a LAW that you have to pay private companies for things even if you don't like what they're selling.
[stevers] now the good ideas die, and the shitty ones make money.
Let's all get over the irony that I used the word 'rape' to describe the government's system of dealing with stuff, as I think we're all aware of the fact that I'm using the word metaphorically.
This has really been bothering me as of late. I recently got pulled over for having an expired license plate.
Now what exactly does this mean? The plate still corresponds to my name, and this vehicle. Nothing has changed since I got it. So what this "expired tag" thing really
means is that I didn't pay the government another hundred and forty bucks this year to get a little sticker that says "2002".
I understand the need to have vehicles registered.. but only once, unless something changes. If it's the same driver with the same car, he should be under no obligation to pay or update anything until such time that the ownership of the vehicle is transfered. If this means he drives the car for ten years, so be it. The government has no right to force this meaningless tax on us year after year without even an attempt
Insurance bothers me as well, although to a lesser extent. I understand the need for liability insurance, and on some level, I can grasp why it should be a law. But on the other hand, it's sort of ridiculous; we pay untold hundreds of dollars a month
in some cases "just in case". And if the "in case" never comes about, do you get that money back? Of course not.
Now, in some cases, it's a real lifesaver, I'm sure. Pay two hundred dollars this month, and you won't have to sell your soul if you hit a $60,000 Mercedes. But on the other hand, the odds of this happening are so miniscule.. it's like the government is forcing you to gamble. You're betting that you will
get in an accident, so you want your ass covered, and pay the insurance company, while simultaneously, the insurance company bets that you won't
, and that they'll get to keep your money. Funny, but the odds are in favor of the insurance company.
Yes, insurance is necessary, I grant that. I guess what bothers me is that the insurance companies are basically given license to do whatever they want, in flagrant defiance of the "open marketplace" ideals that make this capitalist system what it is. "Woah, you got in a minor accident three years ago, you're a big risk, we're going to have to charge you an extra five hundred dollars." Uh huh. Anyway, getting back to my original point (as if I really had one), the government makes it so bloody difficult
and time-consuming for the average citizen to actually pay these little "tag tax and title" fees and so forth, that it's almost like they don't want
your money. And that's what really drives me nuts. I shouldn't have to take time out of my busy workday, stand in line for an hour or more, rearrange my entire day, just to pay the government for something I don't need, didn't ask for, and don't want.
[kitten] I hate traffic court.
[kitten] You're guilty until proven innocent, in most cases.
[kitten] But in most cases, it's just.. a cop accuses you, has no proof other than his word, and you have to *prove* you didn't.
[kitten] "I didn't run a stop sign." "Prove it." How can you prove you *didn't* do something? "Can't prove you didn't? Then you did. Pay up."
[kitten] And I hate how Atlanta handles it.
[stevers] how's that?
[kitten] Everywhere else in the country, the laws are there because someone thinks they're a good idea.
[kitten] If you break the law, it's enforced.
[kitten] By a penalty.
[kitten] In Atlanta, the only penalty they ever give out is a fine.
[kitten] What does that suggest?
[kitten] That the only reason they even pretend to care about the laws are so they can make money.
[kitten] Yes, precisely.
Traffic court reminds me so much of the Salem Witch Trials, it isn't even funny.
I guess this whole long-winded rant wasn't funny either. I don't even know why I bother with these things.
I'll tell you something else that isn't funny - most of this anti-establishment, fuck-the-government, death to America's stupidity stuff took place only hours before 9am, September 11 2001. In these excerpts, I've removed the timestamps, but you'll have to trust me - the log ends around 7am.
Two hours later, planes plowed into cities.
Irony can be a mean motherfucker.
Something to think about.