Hello dear reader(s)!
Before I get to the meaty, beefy, cheese-covered meat of this post, I want to thank everyone for the kind words yesterday. As bad as the day started, the finish was such a 180 that I am actually in a really good place. Hopefully it continues, but even if it doesn’t, I know that those type of turnarounds can come at anytime.
Now for the actual post part of this post-type-thing.
This morning, I was watching the news (mainly looking for weather as some of the activities I would like to do today will be outdoors) and saw yet another tragic local story. Today in Maple Valley, six students were injured when a truck slammed into them at a bus stop. On the surface, this is just a terrible accident.
But it isn’t. The driver apparently suffered some kind of medical condition. When rescuers reached him, he was apparently unconscious with his foot still down on the accelerator.
Still sounds like a tragic accident. Who is to say when a medical issue will strike?
Well, he knew.
You see, he suffers from seizures. And he had his driver’s license pulled for that very reason. Yet, he chose to drive on that suspended license. Knowing exactly what could happen to people if he did. He traded the lives of others for his convenience.
In 2000, I had a string of unexplained seizures. They pulled my license. It was a pain in the ass. I had to be seizure-free for at least six months before I could get it back. So I didn’t drive for a long while. It was inconvenient, but I knew something. I knew that I live among other people. I would not want to hurt or possibly kill someone to prevent from being annoyed at having to find alternate means of transportation.
His was a point of view that is not only wrong, but is actually promoted by politicians and other libertarians.
This particular accident comes just days after two students were killed, and two more were injured, by an SUV that slammed into them walking to school in the town of Ferndale. This driver wasn’t driving on a suspended license, but he was driving under the influence. He also had his child in the car. Once again, someone decided to put their own convenience over the lives of those living around them. Rather than find other transportation, this driver chose to drive while intoxicated. It was all about him.
When you hear people talking about a nanny state, you often think about the overreach. Overreach does exist, particularly when the cost of the laws outweigh the societal benefits (criminalizing drug use comes to mind), but the solution is not self governance. Most laws exist for a reason. Taxes exist for a reason. We all drive the roads. We all use the bridges. We all want clean streets free of homeless people dying from exposure on them. We all want our country to be able to defend itself (even if that cost could be cut dramatically by just not being the aggressor and interfering in things that do nothing to protect us), we all want our veterans to be taken care of, we all want to be able to go places without seeing people starving to death, we all want to be able to wait for our healthcare without witnessing poor people dying in the waiting room waiting to get in. All of that costs money. All of that takes people working toward the society they benefit from.
Fortunately, not everyone has to agree with that. There is an option for the libertarians who think they can live without society. It’s called exile.
Go for it. Go live in a fucking desert by yourself. Start that business you think you built by yourself without the infrastructure to bring in your raw materials and products. Who are you going to sell to? Come on Jeff Bezos. Move out of Seattle, build your own city, your own roads, your own ports, your own Coast Guard to secure them, your own railways, your own interstate highways system and roads to deliver your products on. Buy all that land to create a parallel infrastructure and quit using ours. Build your own water treatment facilities, your own power plants, your own postal service, your own fucking world. You’re building spacecraft, right? Colonize fucking Mars with your libertarian followers and leave the rest of us the fuck alone. Take Papa John, the Waltons, and Mark Cuban with you. You can all suffocate on Mark’s Fountainhead yacht in the vacuum of space.
Let me know how your businesses work once you have a society full of a bunch of other people who don’t want to be told what to do. Who think the free market is the only regulation needed. Where anything goes, and nobody wants to contribute. Good fucking luck with that. Don’t let the door hit your ass when you leave our fucking planet.
You enjoy the infrastructure, and protections of the tax funded military. Your products are often bought by people who only have the money to purchase them because they have gotten assistance to help those people afford them. Many of your employees and customers do not all die out thanks to environmental regulations and healthcare requirements. You use the services tax payers fund at a larger proportion and therefore should not be whining about paying a larger share.
Don’t like it? Go away!