“A Government big enough to take care of your every need is also big enough to take everything you have.”
Please keep this in mind when you vote for continued government assistance checks. I am not going to wade in on the racial aspects of Eric Garner’s death. There is entirely too much to digest in one sitting. Lawyers, pundits, activists, scholars will all do a better job of taking down this tragedy as a whole than I ever could hope to do on my own.
The fact of the matter is the bare naked circumstances surrounding Mr. Garner’s death had everything to do with police enforcing an ordinance that was recently enacted in the bluest of Blue locales. (NOTE: This is not the same as saying that there was no police brutality or there was no racial animus. Those things -DO- exist and are definitely an enormous problem. I won’t downplay them but I’m not wading into those swamps either!)
Mayor DeBlasio and Co. declared it illegal to sell loose cigarettes. Why? Because it cuts in on New York City’s action.
Let’s just face it here and now. New York City is Statist machine that munches money from every and all sources it can possibly tap and has been that way since the days of Tammany Hall.
Please understand that absolutely none of this is meant to absolve the police officer involved, his culpability is a separate issue to the over-arching point. We can’t ignore any the less that this situation was created by a Big Government approach to handling what essentially amounts to a nuisance crime that is only a nuisance to Big Government.
Ask yourself the following question: “Is the tax stamp on a pack of cigarettes an item over which someone should be arrested or merely fined?”
I think it’s quite obvious that the answer is to write the person a non-traffic citation and assess a fine. Hell! Make it a big one if New York City has that much overhead!
If the perpetrator absconds over the dollar penalty –then– arrest the person. The level of lawlessness will have elevated and everyone would have had the chance to right his/her behavior.
But none of this applies in Eric Garner’s case. The law was written that the sale of unstamped cigarette packs is an arrestable offense. Is such a penalty meant to deter unhealthy behavior or to enforce the collection of Sin Taxes? We know how Mayor DeBlasio would have sold it to the people of the city.
I come full circle: “A Government big enough to take care of your every need is also big enough to take everything you have.”
Please think about this when you vote to continue the oversized Nanny-State. The same way it keeps you alive, it can be made to have reasons to make you dead, too.
If Black lives matter, then maybe it’s time to reconsider entrusting those lives and their livelihood to a State that has been made more than big enough to take them so readily…