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Freedom And Personal Choice

Posted May 30, 2008 by jim young in Lifestyle

– jim young 

“You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.”                                                – Abraham Lincoln

I think we have too many laws. Or at least too many stupid laws. Okay – maybe they aren’t really even stupid laws – but there are just too many inconsistencies in many of our laws that infringe on what should be our freedom of personal choice.

I can legally smoke a pack of cigarettes a day (at least for now) if I want to and there’s a pretty good chance that it will eventually kill me. Or I can drink a case of beer every night and there’s a pretty good chance that will eventually kill me too.

Don’t even talk to me about the health care costs and the burden I am putting on society unless you can prove to me that the taxes generated by the sale of cigarettes and beer doesn’t more than compensate for that. Show me the numbers or shut up about it.

But I can’t legally drive to the store to get my pack of cigarettes or case of beer unless I have my seat belt on. I can tell you that the variety and the beer store are just a block away. And there’s no law that says I have to walk there for the exercise although the price of gas these days may soon make that my only option.

For the record I don’t smoke – but I do drive to the variety store when I want potato chips. And a case of beer is just too heavy to carry all that way home. I would have cardiac arrest from THAT kind of exercise for sure.

There are no laws that say I can’t eat the vast quantity of chicken wings, potato chips, red meat and junk foods filled with saturated fats that I do. And these are probably going to kill me just as sure as if I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day or drank a case of beer every night.

There are no comparable taxes on any of THOSE items to offset the health care costs such as there are on cigarettes and beer.

And come to think of it, I don’t like spreading oily sunscreen over my body when I sit outside either. (I only use oily substances spread over my body during certain bedroom activities where I am safe from the sun’s deadly rays.)

Come to think of it – statistically speaking there’s a very good chance I will drop dead before I finish writing this article.

So why do I have to wear my seatbelt if I don’t want to?

Why do I have to wear a helmet when I ride a motorcycle if I don’t want to?

It’s not like drunk driving where I can injure someone else. By not wearing my seatbelt or helmet – I am only putting myself at risk. That should be MY choice – just like cigarettes, beer, junk food and sunscreen.

I know the statistics will show that seatbelts and helmets save lives. But I suggest the statistics we have been quoted for so many years are biased. The statistics used to defend these laws use a ratio of the number of people who have had accidents that are saved (or not saved) by seat belts and helmets.

But what about all the people that ride in cars or drive motorcycles that never even have an accident in the first place? THAT’S a ratio I would like to see compared to the number of people saved by seatbelts and helmets.

I’ll bet the percentages of lives saved really drops then.

I’m not suggesting that it isn’t a good idea to wear your seatbelt or helmet and I think it would be a good idea to keep educating the public on the wisdom in it. I would probably wear my seatbelt MOST of the time even if it wasn’t the law. (I don’t drive a motorcycle.)

But once in awhile I would enjoy the freedom to make a quick trip to the variety store without the bother of buckling up. It’s almost as exciting as the thrill of having sex without a condom.

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One Comment


    Excuse me. Experience is a good teacher, but she send in terrific bills. Thanks :mad:. Nantan from United.

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