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Laws SHOULD be Simple, (…which is precisely why they aren’t)

Ah, another week, another day-to-day grind of attempting to decipher what the heck new story/law/bill/excuse/meme Obama-&-Company’s pushing, and if it even makes any sense to them.

And ‘sense’ is the operative word.

That whole “making sense” aspect of rhetoric by our leaders is becoming rare indeed. Worse, it is completely unheard of in the laws which they pass. Consider Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and numerous others: these were Gigantic bills which then became, well…. Gigantic-er.

They also became virtually indecipherable.

Our good friend, Dapper Dan, has a post up which speaks to this issue. You really, really, need to read the whole thing, so I’m just going to give a very small portion below:

Because of the pages upon pages of incoherent language, the law can be “understood” in any way the powers want (or however the right amount of money can buy).  When we all read the law, we should all come to the same conclusion about what it says.  If we don’t, then the law needs to be re-written until it is clear.

James Madison in Federalist 62 said,

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.”

Anyone remember Nancy Pelosi saying we need to pass Obamacare so we can find out what is in it?

E.C. Wines in his ‘Commentaries on the Laws of the Ancient Hebrews‘ said,

“The style in which the laws are written is not beneath the attention of legislators. It should be concise, simple, clear, and explicit. It should excite in every mind the same ideas; and this because the object is to establish justice and teach duties—not to furnish specimens of rhetoric.” 

In addition, DD also includes references and quotes from Larry Arnn, F. A. Hayek, and Ayn Rand in his discussion.

Good stuff. Please, click HERE and go read it all.

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As the following few weeks progress, remember that what we are electing this year is much, much more than simply one man, or even a pair of men. We are electing almost our ENTIRE legislating body, and we need men & women at all levels of government who will take up this fight on our behalf.

I pray we each choose well.