To paraphrase Plato, he said that good men do not need laws. And bad men don’t obey them. So why oh why, year after year, are thousands of new laws passed?
In the 112th Congress there were 561 new laws passed out of 6,845 introduced. Off the top of my head I cannot recite one of them. There are at least 20,000 laws just governing the use and ownership of guns. From 2000 to 2007 there were 452 new Federal crimes created. The number of Federal crimes then exceeded 4,450. Many more now. You can hardly walk across the street safely without getting busted.
Add to these all the laws passed at the state, municipal, and county levels and you can understand why Harvey Silvergate in his book, Three Felonies A Day, estimates that the average American violates 3 Federal crimes each and every day. It becomes clear why our prison population is so overcrowded.
On top of all these laws there and thousands more federal, state and local regulations which might as well be considered law. If you do not think so just violate one. You will see how fast you are fined or your property is confiscated. All in the name of the law!
James Madison once said, “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow.”
I seems to me that we are at that point right now. Too many laws. Too many law makers.
My question for today is how did the Israelites survive for 40 years in the wilderness with only 10 written laws on 2 stone tablets? If they did it, so can we!
Know anyone with a blank stone tablet and a sharp mason chisel?