I want to discuss the use of laws and fines as Public Safety measures.
In a free society, the public service arm of government agencies keeps the public informed. Once upon a time when these agencies were trusted, the public was offered enough information to act responsibly and protect themselves accordingly. The safety of each individual was where it belonged- in their own hands according to their own perception of risk.
Once the government started instituting laws to ensure ‘public safety’, the citizens’ ability to judge ‘what’s good for us’ was interfered with and slid toward the idea that ‘government knows better’ attitudes. “One size fits all” became more palatable to the public and government intrusion into personal freedoms got a lot of traction. We all deep down know ‘one size’ never fits all but who wants to argue with something called “safety”? Now, whether you know it or not, the government has taken the role of a ‘parent’. “For your own good” is their excuse to impose their will. Then the government started agencies monitoring all things (it deemed) ‘for our own good’. Keep in mind, these agencies were not elected. The public was now cut off from any direct say on the implementation of regulations. Regulation is another word for control. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the government has unimpeded control of everything you do. We’ve given “them” the muscle to do it too.
You may be one (of many) who say, “Well, I think ‘safety’ is a good thing, so I don’t mind.”. I want to examine if ‘safety’ is the real impetus for most of regulation. I also want to ask you, “Who knows better about your individual situation, you or the government?”. Are you a good person? I think most people are good and wouldn’t intentionally harm a fly. (Have you noticed ‘bad’ selfish people don’t follow laws?) Why then are you comfortable with government telling you that freedom is too dangerous for you use?
If the government were actually serious about every single person’s safety, why are safety infractions mostly subject to fines? I don’t know about you but a ‘fine’ tells me that I can go against ‘safety laws’ for a price. There’s an uneven, ineffective, process going on that ultimately enriches the government more than it causes total safety. (Total safety isn’t a thing I hope you know.)
If you’re wealthy enough, you can be as irresponsible (in the eyes of the law) as you wish. Guess what? Good people like yourselves already operate with an ‘eye’ on keeping us safe with or without laws. 😉
Personally, during my childcare years many other providers imposed a fine for frequent tardy ‘pick-ups’. I did not do that. I understood reasonable delays, BUT, if being late became a pattern, I told those parents that we needed to renegotiate our contract to allow for more overall time or for termination of my service if they no longer fit into MY schedule. To have instituted a ‘late fee’ meant that “you can be late for a price”. Being late interfered with my family’s routine and wasn’t going to be ‘for sale’!
BTW-If imposing safety on everyone were Constitutional, it would have been mentioned. It’s not. But being free to protect yourself from danger and also to be protected from unelected governmental intervention is clearly there. Even though the Constitution is being overwhelmingly ignored at our peril these days, it still is the ultimate “law of the land”.
I believe it is the only thing standing between us and our chaotic demise as we slip into totalitarianism. I’ve never cared to tell others how to live but I am not going to ignorantly give up my own freedoms to a group of people who don’t know (or care) about my family as much as I, without objecting to it.
Have a nice day!