Bad Law Enforcement – ‘It’s the Law!’ Week #1

Posted by on April 3, 2012 at 10:41 am.
Make no mistake, ‘IT’S THE LAW!’ week at the NDD!

Bad Law Enforcement - It's the law! #1

I read a quote* by Hillary Clinton this morning that made a lot of sense. It started me thinking about the law and next thing I know, voila, I am doing a law series.

So, here is a bad law idea. Kick out all 11 million illegal immigrants from the USA and send them back to Mexico and other locales.  Some knuckleheads actually think that is a desirable and feasible plan. It’s not.  How can we tell? Well, we could start with the logic of removing 11 million people all at once from all areas of society. It would sort of be a rapture situation, you know? Well, except probably there wouldn’t be any planes, trains and automobiles still moving without someone in control.  But in essence it would do the same thing.  The social, economic and relational damage to the US would be overwhelming if this were to happen.

But of course there are those who will argue all sorts of reasons my prognostication is not true.  So, how do we find out? We enforce the bad law to the letter, kick them out and see the results first hand.  Of course, by then it would be too late and the damage would be done and couldn’t be undone.

But we can look to a bad law example that was enforced with terrible results. That was prohibition.  All the best of intentions turned out to be one of the worst social and economic disasters in the history of the US.  And it was the enforcement that led to the repeal.

That is why bad and unworkable laws shouldn’t be passed in the first place and that is why it is important to pay attention to who it is you elect and what the hell they are doing on your behalf.

Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman, who should have been a lawyer.

Quote by Abraham Lincoln, who was one.

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“In many places, including my own country, legal protections have preceded, not followed, broader recognition of rights. Laws have a teaching effect. Laws that discriminate validate other kinds of discrimination. Laws that require equal protections reinforce the moral imperative of equality.  And practically speaking, it is often the case that laws must change before fears about change dissipate.”

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