The raw milk case I gave is a perfect example. Because some bureaucrat has deemed raw milk to be a public health issue, people all around the country are being thrown in jail, and having their assets seized.
And not surprisingly, the post brought out a "law-and-order" troll. His argument is basically that the raw milk folks knew the law, chose to ignore it, and are paying the price. His apparent belief is that if The State makes a law, it is incumbent on all
I can respect that stance. Well, I can respect it if Mr. Mouth Breather walks the walk.
This year, about 40,000 new laws [link] went into effect across the country. That's up from the 31,000 [link] that went into effect last year
Most laws no longer abide by the concept of mens rea (guilty mind). Your intent is irrelevant. Break the law, pay the price.
As I noted last November ("Mens Rea and Other Bygone Concepts") -
The problem, now, is reasonableness. The phrase, "Zero Tolerance" has crept into our lexicon. It is rapidly upsetting the balance between mens rea and ignorantia juris non excusat. We are replacing the context of an event with a rule book.With that in mind, I hope Mr. Mouth Breather has stayed abreast of all the local, state and federal laws that pertain to his little slice of the world. Since he is such a stickler for details and clearly has never met a law he didn't like, here's what he needs to do:
He needs to request audits of his life and lifestyle from the government officials who definitely have kept abreast of the laws.
Let's start with your car. If you've ever spoken with a police officer, they'll tell you that regardless of the make, model or year of a car, they can find a violation. So, in keeping with his pledge of Public Perfection, Mr. Mouth Breather needs to take his car down to his local police department (following all traffic laws along the way, of course). He needs to inform the desk sergeant of his desire for a full and complete review of his vehicle, with the specific instructions that each and every major AND minor infraction be brought to his attention. The officer should be requested to issue fines and/or "fix-it" tickets for all infractions.
Since this service of the local police was a special request, Mr. Mouth Breather needs to be sure to reimburse the PD for the salary, benefits and all other expenses associated with his noble request.
His next stop should be to his local building inspector. Same deal - request the audit, insist on every little violation being disclosed, then pay the piper. After all, if you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear, right? Welcome them into your home with open arms.
After that, he can hit the local tax assessor, state tax authority, the IRS, the USDA (so they can make sure all of his milk is safe) - hell, just about every three- and four-lettered state and federal agency. They've all got laws that need to be followed, and Mr. Mouth Breather is bound and determined to follow them all.
Since our laws very often change during the year, he needs to request - and pay for - these audit services at least 3 or 4 times a year. No chance of something falling out of compliance so he ends up being a nasty Law Breaker.
Of course, the way our society should function would be for the government to regulate, not to operate.
With the raw milk, for instance, the regulation should state that since raw milk has the potential to cause harm to humans, the producers need to put a big, bright red label on every bottle that states as much. Similar to what they do with cigarettes. You've been informed that this stuff might kill you, now do what you want.
But ya see, there's no power or cash flow in that kind of system. Why, the USDA wouldn't have the need for its tactical squad to take down milk felons. They wouldn't have the ability to start asset forfeiture proceedings to pay for the tac squad. Imagine the bedlam that would follow.
I shudder at the thought.
So, Mr. Mouth Breather, get on it. Now! Time's a-wastin' and fines need to be assessed. Plus, think how well you'll sleep with the knowledge that you've met your goal of Public Perfection.
H/T to my bro. I was going to let Mr. Mouth Breather slide...
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