The flim-flam man, the snake-oil salesman, the shyster, the fly-by-night, the shylock, the bait-and switch, along with the unconscious competent and the conscious incompetent and the unscrupulous merchant are far-less-dangerous to Americans than the bureaucratic regulators at the EPA, FDA and the hundreds of other U.S. Government acronym agencies are. My assertion may at first seem counter-intuitive, but it is nonetheless true.
Back in the 19th century as America dispersed its people westward, the new nation’s government was the most-strictly-limited and constrained of any in the history of humankind. And that was intentional.
The predicate for that was the proclamation that each human being comes to Planet Earth sovereign (so subject to no other without explicit permission, with the single exception of children temporarily with respect to their parents), and endowed with the unalienable rights to life, to liberty (the right to choose and do whatever the heck one wants . . . just as long as not infringing on others’ like rights in the process), and to property (first self, then ideas, talents and skills, etc., then what acquired through trade, and from whence comes the pursuit of happiness). Further, each human being comes endowed with the unalienable right to self-defense of that sovereignty and those rights.
By design the sole role of America’s national government was the collective defense of what each American had right to defend individually, no more and no less. And that collective defense could very rarely be a priori, and then only when the circumstance passed the strict “necessary and proper” test. Think, as example, yelling (not saying, not whispering) fire (not smoke, not water) in (not near) a crowded (not empty, not half-full) theater (not outdoor arena, not stadium, not park).
Human nature – both its good parts and bad – haven’t changed in America’s 237 years. There were back then and remain today benevolent butchers and philanthropist physicians along with the shysters and snake-oil salesmen. But American consumers used to be taught as children by parents and teachers the concept of caveat emptor (Let the buyer beware) and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It was generally understood that victimhood was self-inflicted.
Back in the Wild Wild West anyone could tout himself a doctor or teacher or blacksmith or carpenter just as anyone could choose to be a patient or student and etc. Whether a relationship between seller and buyer were consummated was a matter of image, salesmanship, reputation, word-of-mouth advertising, testing, and skepticism. There was no government licensing or regulation.
Given the unalienable right to liberty anyone may choose to be a seller and anyone may choose to be a buyer. And government sole legitimate role other than in the extraordinarily-rare “yell fire” scenario is to ex post facto adjudicate as asked damages by those who infringe on others’ unalienable human rights.
Consumer safety – and there is no such thing – is the job of consumers and the marketplace, not government. The more that consumers are informed the more that they can improve their safety. In the 19th century and our Wild West there were no smart phones, no Google, no Angie’s Lists, no Consumer Reports, no radio, no tv, much less cable and satellite, no Better Business Bureaus, no UL Listeds.
That individual American consumers today have infinitely more, better, and quicker ways to inform themselves than in centuries past while the U.S. Government has unconstitutionally and unconscionably imposed its will on consumers’ choosing and behavior choices is absolutely unjustifiable. Government has and is replacing individual sovereignty with government sovereignty, has and is replacing a temporary postponement of sovereignty for children while being raised by their parents with permanent childhood status for all Americans.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts . . . absolutely. If all people were angels, there’d be no need for government. If all people in government were angels, there’d be no need for strict limits on government. It is obvious to even the most-casual observer that government is a magnet for non-angels.
Never mind the snake-oil salesmen, folks. Throw out the hooligans at the EPA, FDA, and the rest of the acronym agencies. Our progressives/liberals/ socialists/fascists/commies are the hooligans. Our gimmees and moochers who ride in the societal wagon we’re pulling just want stuff and to be children, so don’t look for their help.
How ‘bout some people here pull on your big-boy pants and grow a pair. First to go? Obamacare.