Minnesota's Mr. Right!
Thanks to Amendment X, I listened to the Jason Lewis program via the internet today. I had forgotten how totally spot on that man is. How prescient, how intelligent, how unbelievably right he is.
One of the things that Jason was rolling on about today is covered in this, from the always wonderful Walter E. Williams!
"Mr. Secretary: This is an example of the disgusting abuse of state power. Each of us owns himself, and it follows that we should have the liberty to take risks with our own lives but not that of others. That means it's a legitimate use of state power to mandate that cars have working brakes because if my car has poorly functioning brakes, I risk the lives of others and I have no right to do so. If I don't wear a seatbelt I risk my own life, which is well within my rights. As to your statement 'Lack of safety belt use is a growing public health issue that . . . also costs us all billions of dollars every year,' that's not a problem of liberty. It's a problem of socialism. No human should be coerced by the state to bear the medical expense, or any other expense, for his fellow man. In other words, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another is morally offensive." (emphasis added)
Such clarity....Jason took it a step further today, upbraiding smoking bans, car/booster seat laws, and other regulations designed to intrude into the personal life of the individual. He said that speed limits, mandating working equipment is acceptable for the same reason that Mr. Williams states above, but the state has no business dictating what a business owner will or will not allow (smoking) in his place of business!
Jason, I know that your listeners in Charlotte will miss you as dearly as we in Minnesota missed you when you left 3 years ago. However, I eagerly await the day when I can turn on my radio and hear the intro that we all know and love and hear the clarity that you will bring back to Minnesota politics.
Welcome back Jason! Hurry home soon!!!!!