Why is it that when a government-mandated “safety” device takes lives there is no hullaballoo from the government that mandated them? No “calls” to leave people free to assume the risks – as opposed to forcing those risks upon them?
The industry trade publication Automotive News reports that air bags have taken five more lives – on top of the lives they have already taken. No one knows precisely how many – but it isn’t any. Which means, by definition, that air bags are a mixed bag. Advocates of their being mandatory equipment in every new car insist they “save lives.” And this is no doubt true. Sometimes. Maybe even most times.
How is that government acquired the power of life-and-death over us? If you or someone you care for gets killed by an air bag – “defective” or not – then you have been killed as a direct result of a government mandate. Your life was taken via the taking away of your right to choose whether the risk of driving a car equipped with an air bag was too high – for you – relative to the asserted-by-government benefit of having them in your car.
There is an effronterous tincture to this business of a small handful of people – the people who are the flesh-and-blood reality of the rhetorical thing we call “government” – presuming to impose anything on others that not only could but does put them at risk, irrespective of their warbles about the benefits.
As a moral matter – as a question of simple respect for the right of other people to weigh and assume risks for themselves, in view of the fact that it is they who will bear the consequences – the “government” (i.e., those people) hasn’t the slightest right to interpose its cost-free judgments upon others. It is not the government bureaucrat who ends up with his face torn off by the airbag he forced into your car.
It is true, of course, that not having an air bag in your car might result in your face being torn off, too.
But if you were free to choose to assume that risk you would have the comfort of knowing your injury was due to your own choice, freely exercised.
Kind of like choosing to work out and be healthy – or not. It’s up to you – and it’s all on you. America used to be the place where this concept was not just respected but revered.
The mandating of air bags was among the first such effronterous acts committed by these people who constitute the “government.” They could not abide the fact that most people chose not to have air bags installed in their cars when they were offered the choice. This was back in the early ’70s, when GM and Chrysler offered air bags as options in some of their new cars. Only a small number of people wanted them – and so the car companies decided to stop offering them. Much the same as McDonald’s stopped offering the McLean Deluxe, for those who remember. People didn’t buy that, either. The difference – when it came to air bags – is that the government stepped in to make people buy them.
It is surprising, when you stop to think about it, that the government didn’t mandate the McLean Deluxe. After all, it is “healthier” than a quarter-pounder with cheese. Just as it insists airbags be installed on every new car, because they are “safer.”
Principles matter. Precedents are set.
It is not surprising that the “government” did mandate – and continues to push – those drugs it continues to characterize as vaccines, in spite of the fact that these drugs have taken thousands of lives and – according to some evaluations of their risks – are riskier than the putative risk of the sickness they do not prevent the “vaccinated” person from either getting or spreading.
Yet the “government” had – still has – the effrontery to interpose its judgment over that of the individual who is put at risk. This is not surprising, either – because it has become routine for the “government” – those people – to impose their judgments on others, whom they regard in much the same way as the owner of a dog or cat regards his pet, without the pet owner’s genuine benevolence toward the pet (and with the fact that a dog or a cat is no position to judge for itself risks vs. rewards).
And so it has developed that more than 100 million cars were fitted with “defective” air bags and many times more fitted with air bags that weren’t, but some of them still killed and badly hurt people.
People who were hurt and killed as a direct result of a “government” mandate, issued on the effronterous basis that it would keep them “safe.” Just like those “safe and effective” drugs the government has been pushing on people.
Hasn’t the time come to push back – and tell these people to piss off?
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