The Politics of Panic.


Nothing scares me more, not terrorist, natural calamities or bad law, more than knee jerk reactions by lawmakers to a situation.  Laws are supposed to be well thought out and easy for the people to understand.  To simply pass a law for the sake of doing “something” seldom is effective nor is it beneficial to the people.

As bad as I feel over the tragedy in Arizona this past weekend, I ask for calm.  Yes it was terrible.  Yes there were those on the far left like Krugman who placed blame, without cause or proof, on individual citizen’s like Rush, Palin and even corporations like Fox News for the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords.

That very day I said on Twitter, (chasedward301), watch it now, I can see all sort of new knee jerk laws, calls for more gun control and new “security measures”.  It sure didn’t take long did it?

A number of politicians are calling for a ban on the size of handgun magazines, others calling for more control and stricter laws.  Some are even calling for Secret Service protection, while Jesse Jackson Jr is calling to use the 5% office budget cut to be reinstated and to be used for private security at their events.

TIME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let’s take a second and review the last 2 years.  Many, many town hall meetings over healthcare.  A year long run at the 2010 elections and “events” by all congressmen in not only their own States but in others.  There are 535 members of Congress, (435 in the House and 100 in the Senate).  Seeing that there were 37 Senators up for reelection this time around 435 House members that means there were 472 people in Congress running for office.

Can you imagine how many events took place over the last 2 years where either Representatives or Senators held “events” for Health Care or their reelection bid in those 2 years?  Easily in the thousands, and I’s sure I am low balling the number.  So let’s just say that in 2 years there were over 10,000 events held over Health Care and reelection by these members of Congress.  How many faced death?  How many were shot?

Why exactly NONE were.  During the most contentious time in a long time that I can remember just some noise was made.  So this then must be what is focused on.  Not that this one incident occurred, but that out of more than 10,000 events occurred without a violent incident.  I don’t even want to attempt to calculate the odds considering that you would have to do that by knowing the number of people that attended all those events.

Quickly conceived laws are always ill thought out with no regard to what they may produce in the future.  I don’t know if it was by design or lack of forethought when Teddy Roosevelt put forth the idea that the Senate should no longer represent State’s rights by being elected by the people.

Certainly FDR should have known that someday down the line Social Security would be giving out more money than they took in.  It was already obvious that people were living longer.  It was just a matter of time.  But in both cases these acts were the result over reaction to a “crisis” .

Let us remember the words of Thomas Jefferson when he advised us:  “Delay is preferable to error.”  Let us not haste into laws and actions that maybe as hard to undo as the ill-conceived Health Care Law.


“Rebellion to Tyranny is Obedience to God”

6 Responses to “The Politics of Panic.”

  1. DogOnCrack Says:

    • chas Says:

      I’ve used most of these quotes. I find little else of anyone who better lays out our Republic than Jefferson.


  2. brucewv Says:

    Lets give the congress security and leave the border open , Now that makes sense , to a politician anyway. We are gong to have to come up with a new language to, that way no one can put new meaning to your words. PS, Hi Chas, You get me fired up and I forget my manners.

  3. Frank C Says:

    Chas, well said. Remember the old saying “haste makes waste.” Let’s hope out law makers do not jump to unnecessary actions.


    • chas Says:

      Let’s hope they think, but given they passed a 3,00 page bill without reading it doesn’t exactly inspire one does it?

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