Where is Societys Lack of Control??

United States
September 3, 2007 7:40am CST
I think we have some laws out there that all boil down to just common sense! But since there is such a lack of control from the people of the United States, there are consequences to things that could be controlled if people just used their brains and demonstrated some sort of control over their lives and choices. For instance, wearnig a seat belt in a car. This should be common sense if you want to live! And if you dont want to live, then you should be able to make that choice. But now in many states, there is a fine to be paid if they dont wear them. Also where I live, cops used to not be able to pull you over for anything other than a moving violation, but now if they view you driving your car without your seat belt they can pull you over and fine you for it, a hefty $75! This is not a law, but certainly a cop out for those who just live in the moment and dont think about the consequences. The Plan B Emergency Contraceptive. I am all for this in cases of rape or if the couple were taking precautions and they failed. I dont agree with just anyone taking it because they lacked the thought process to realize that having s3x causes pregnancy, and 9 times out of 10, unwanted pregnancy. Which is a disaster in itself. New York is coming up with a smoking law, which bans you from smoking in your car while children are present. This should be common sense! These are just a few examples, but why does the government have to control our actions so much? The US should no longer be known as "The Land of the Free". Common sense should tell you if something is right or wrong, and you should control your actions accordingly. Why do you think the government has to control us in such ways? Do the politicians of this country really know whats best for us, when there has been scandal after scandal exposed from such leaders?
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@sunshinecup (7881)
3 Sep 07
Well it's like you pointed out, many of these laws should be common sense and not a law, but it's not sadly. People refuse to think and well obviously need someone to mother them into doing the right thing. The seat belt laws for example were put into effect because of those that refused to wear them and were wrecking causing the insurance to go through the roof or health care costs, cause they didn't have insurance. So it's better to force them to put one on, rather than the States paying for their ignorance. The smoke bans are a direct result of smokers (I’m one btw) not being respectful or responsible with their smoking and affecting those that do not smoke. One health risk I have mentioned a few times here at mylot, is asthma a very real and deadly condition that can be triggered by a puff of smoke even in outside air. Sadly many smokers didn't care who’s around and felt their right to smoke supercedes someone else's right to breath. Thus a ban is in place due to lack of common sense and responsibility. Yes the Land of the Free is still that as it’s always been. We have never been a Land without restrictions (guidelines) to all of our freedoms though. We have the right to drive a car, we do not have the right to drive drunk. We have the right have children, we do not have the right to kill those children. I could go on and on. What it comes down to is with every freedom there is responsibility that comes along with it. For those that are lacking the ability to handle that duty, these laws were made possible because of them.
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• United States
3 Sep 07
I agree with you for the most part, it just really makes me sad to think that we as people cannot do these things on our own! The money that generates throughout this land is from working people like us! The more laws they make the more money we pay out in taxes and I dont think our money goes to half of what they say it does in order to keep us safe. It all just seems out of control, and for what? Because we have no control as people? It was just a thought I had this morning Sunshine...which could be dangerous coming from me! hehe I think I replied to your smoking blog recently, I too am a smoker, taking many steps to quit, and I think its a good thing to keep innocent children from being exposed. I just was saying that its sad that we cant just come up with that conclusion on our own as parents or just having respect for society.
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3 Sep 07
The more laws they make the more money we pay out in taxes and I dont think our money goes to half of what they say it does in order to keep us safe. This is too true and I can't agree more with you on that. Our taxes are funneled through politicians pockets then what little is left goes towards projects and programs, that are prioritized by the corporations that own the politicians. It's enough to drive a person mad to think about. I tell ya, the thought of a modern day revolution seems less far-fetched with each passing year. I am really feeling we are on the road to one. There needs to be a balance of being responsible and the strive for what’s best for all as a whole, on both sides, we the taxpayers as well as the politicians. If you ask me, the majority in both groups, are spoiled and self centered these days. I think this is going to drive this country behind the rest of the world, who are taking notes of what we have done wrong. You know? Anyway I plused you for a wonderful discussion, so don’t regret posting it.
• United States
3 Sep 07
Thank you sunshine! I really like your outlook on things, Ive read a lot of your posts here since I joined!
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• United States
9 Sep 07
I think that smoking in a car or other area where there are children is selfish. There are some that are very considerate of who their bad habits effect and will smoke in another area. Those that do not really irk me.
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• United States
12 Sep 07
I have to agree with you there Elusive. Children really dont have the choice, although I have seen some with more sense than those around them and do ask that they put it out. lol It was kind of funny actually. The look on the face of the adult was priceless! Im a smoker, but Im completely considerate of others, even in my own car! I ask those around me, do you mind if I smoke? Mostly they say no, and Im sure that they are just saying no because they felt uncomfortable saying yes! Even my friend who I have known for 15 years and know she really dont mind, I still ask her while in her car or home. She used to smoke until she got pregnant and then quit. She still will smoke on occassion, but I still ask her. Some of our other friends will just say, "wheres the ashtray?" Thanks for your reply! xx