Not All Reforms Are An Improvement
by john harrison
Some people have repeatedly argued that the 2nd Amendment does not apply to what they call “assault weapons”. Now, some of the same people are arguing that the 1st Amendment does not apply to Google or Facebook for the same kind of reasons that they have previously said that the 2nd Amendment does not apply to certain types of weapons.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently took aim at the Electoral College, calling it a “scam” and suggested that it disenfranchises minorities. She thinks that it must go because of this.
However, if that is true about the Electoral College then it is even more true of the Senate where one United States senator from Wyoming with a total population of about 572,000, represents only about 286,000 people. While in California with a total population of about 40,000,000 a senator represents about 20,000,000. It is even true in the House of Representatives where a congressman, from Wyoming again, represents 570,000, while a congressman from California represents about 755,000 people. When the new census comes out, it will be worse since California’s population is growing while Wyoming’s is shrinking..
The real danger to all of this is the utter ignorance of most of the people doing most of the talking and equally important a failure to think through the effects of what they are promoting. Consequences do not become unintended because clear warnings are ignored, here are just to list a few of the more recent unintended consequences, all of which were warned:
People wanted “equal justice” so they took away a trial judge’s right to determine sentences for convicted offenders. Now there are strict rules for sentencing in criminal cases. The unintended effect of this was to almost eliminate jury trials because of plea bargaining. The new rules put the prosecutors entirely in charge. Since prosecutors can determine what is charged, they can, simply by looking at the sentencing guidelines, also determine what the sentence will be. Even as a former prosecutor I am not sure that is a good thing.
Some people wanted to end gender discrimination in the military and to open up promotion paths for all. Now women can serve in the combat arms. The unintended effect of this change is that, just like men, women will now be liable for the draft if it is ever reinstated and they will routinely be assigned to the combat arms, also just like men. If you believe in history you also know that a big war is long overdue. So, while the phrase, “Welcome to the Infantry Miss Jones, now drop and give me 20” (pushups) may be a surprise for some that hear it, that will be only because they have not been listening. The only thing that kept women from being drafted before was that they could not be assigned to the combat arms by law. Now they can. Welcome to the Army, Ms Jones.
Many people wanted abortion to be legal, safe and rare. Now, abortion is essentially available on demand in most states so much so that it is at the very least, a leading cause of death in America. People who say it is not a “death”, that it is a “procedure”, should remember that in the very recent past people were criminally prosecuted when they killed a viable fetus, even by accident. According to studies 50 to 70 percent of babies born at 25 weeks, and more than 90 percent born at 26 to 27 weeks, survive. So, if they are alive at about 6 months, but for the abortion, they would probably have made it. Nine out of ten abortions are elective, i.e. not medically necessary. They may well be “procedures”, but they are not medical procedures because they serve no medical purpose.
While we have always known that it is always a good idea to be careful of what we wish for, most of us did not realize that the stakes could be so high, even so, they can’t say they were not warned.
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