Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Legislation

 

“The urge to pass new laws must be seen as an illness, not much different from the urge to bite old women. Anyone suspected of suffering from it should either be treated with the appropriate pills or, if it is too late for that, elected to parliament [or congress, as the case may be] and paid a huge salary with endless holidays, to do nothing whatever.” – Auberon Waugh

Every time something tragic happens there are calls for legislators to “do something.” What to do, whether it is wise or foolish, is less important than passing some new law. Years ago, when I was writing for Listen Magazine (now gone) I wrote an article about a couple of teens who created a fantasy politics game — it was similar to a fantasy football league. You picked a “team” of legislators, and got points as they created legislation.

I remember as I wrote the article worrying over the game’s premise — that you scored by introducing and pushing legislation, without consideration of whether the legislation was wise or foolish. Since the goal of the magazine was to highlight teens doing creative activities (not involving drugs), I stayed away from that fear when I wrote up the piece. But it remains why I remember the article.

There are 15 comments.

  1. Richard Finlay Member

    As Ann Althouse would say, “Better than nothing is a high bar.”

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    • May 23, 2018, at 8:46 AM PDT
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  2. Hoyacon Member

    I guess I’m not surprised, but there are people who have the urge to bite old women? Hey, just eat a hearty breakfast.

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    • May 23, 2018, at 8:54 AM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Don’t just do something, sit there!

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    • May 23, 2018, at 9:11 AM PDT
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  4. Tex929rr Coolidge

    My second favorite quote from Silent Cal;

    If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.

    Calvin Coolidge

    I fervently wish that the US Congress met like our Texas legislature.

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    • May 23, 2018, at 9:29 AM PDT
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  5. Vectorman Thatcher

    Tex929rr (View Comment):

    If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.

    Calvin Coolidge

    A great quote within a Quote of the Day post!


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    • May 23, 2018, at 9:44 AM PDT
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  6. Mark Camp Member

    Richard Finlay (View Comment):

    As Ann Althouse would say, “Better than nothing is a high bar.”

    Thanks, Richard. That was one of those fireworks that didn’t ignite right away, and then dazzled me with the brilliance of its flash and the profundity of its boom as I walked back to investigate.

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    • May 23, 2018, at 10:04 AM PDT
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  7. Songwriter Member
    Songwriter Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Rather than do something, I’d prefer our legislators first undo some things.

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    • May 23, 2018, at 10:30 AM PDT
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  8. MeandurΦ Member
    MeandurΦ Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    Rather than do something, I’d prefer our legislators first undo some things.

    But how do you get them to, when every existing law benefits some special interest group? The only way, as I see it, is for some self sacrificing legislator to go against the aggrieved special interest to remove them from the teat. And that kind of self sacrifice is exceedingly rare.

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    • May 23, 2018, at 12:27 PM PDT
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  9. Full Size Tabby Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Don’t just do something, sit there!

    But legislators seeking re-election don’t get favorable press coverage for sitting there (unfortunately).

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    • May 23, 2018, at 2:39 PM PDT
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  10. Jim Wright Coolidge

    The same people who mock or rage against “thoughts and prayers” are oblivious to the reality that their demand that government “do something!” is itself a prayer to Big Brother. 

    The Something they want is an end to the carnage. We also want that. But the Something they’d get from almighty government is no guarantee of safety, just a band aid soaked in acid.

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    • May 23, 2018, at 5:05 PM PDT
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  11. Nanda Panjandrum Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Don’t just do something, sit there!

    I *am*, ‘Hant, I promise! :-)

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    • May 23, 2018, at 9:10 PM PDT
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  12. Tex929rr Coolidge

    “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

    Gideon J. Tucker

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    • May 24, 2018, at 7:15 AM PDT
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  13. Stad Thatcher

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    Rather than do something, I’d prefer our legislators first undo some things.

    Like this cry for “universal background checks”. The existing system will work if everyone is required to participate. Many states and municipalities do not enter any or some data into the national network for one reason or another, all bad reasons.

    Why would a “universal” check be any better when the same actors still won’t play in the system? Besides, the “universal” checks are designed to make it more difficult for legitimate firearms owners to transfer guns. Nut jobs and criminals will still get the guns . . .

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    • May 24, 2018, at 12:16 PM PDT
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  14. Full Size Tabby Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    Songwriter (View Comment):

    Rather than do something, I’d prefer our legislators first undo some things.

    Like this cry for “universal background checks”. The existing system will work if everyone is required to participate. Many states and municipalities do not enter any or some data into the national network for one reason or another, all bad reasons.

    Why would a “universal” check be any better when the same actors still won’t play in the system? Besides, the “universal” checks are designed to make it more difficult for legitimate firearms owners to transfer guns. Nut jobs and criminals will still get the guns . . .

    Yes. A large percentage of the guns currently used in crimes are purchased by straw purchasers. A “universal background check” system will do nothing new about straw purchases. Nor will it do anything for corrupt dealers who bypass the system, which a (possibly old) article by PBS says is the second most common path for people to get guns used in crimes.

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    • May 24, 2018, at 3:20 PM PDT
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  15. Stad Thatcher

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    A “universal background check” system will do nothing new about straw purchases

    Exactly. The buyer will simply sell the weapon to the crook without doing the “universal” paperwork. The burden would be on law-abiding citizens . . .

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    • May 25, 2018, at 6:15 AM PDT
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