Panic Legislation

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News that I missed, courtesy of The Babylon Bee:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Well, this is embarrassing: Congress accidentally just banned the federal government.

The major faux pas came during a push for more legislation against guns and the deranged people who wield them to commit acts of terror. After some bipartisan bickering and tacking billions of dollars of pork onto the proposed legislation, lawmakers virtuously passed a bill that outlaws violent gun-wielding groups.

Though the legislation was intended to target fringe groups that use firearms to commit acts of violence, such as gangs, far-right nationalist groups, and terrorists, it was worded too vaguely and accidentally banned the entire federal government. The law specifically named “groups that use violence and wield guns to steal money and property, threaten people, and kill innocent civilians in a callous, egregious manner.” Instantly, the federal government became an outlaw.

“We just meant, like, regular, on-the-street criminals,” said one congressman sheepishly. “Not, like, official, elected criminals.”

Congress appealed to the courts and thankfully, a judge who was chosen by the federal government and whose paycheck comes from the federal government ruled that the federal government was exempt from the law.

Go here to read the rest.  In normal times Congress is none too good at its main task, passing sensible laws that stay within Constitutional bounds.  However, to see Congress at its very worst, observe them pass legislation in a moment of panic, inspired by a perceived crisis.  Thus, in the midst of the current fake crisis about mass shooters, we have proposals to fight “white supremacists” like we do the jihadists.  Of course the problem with that is that the handful of Neo-Nazis have long been treated as domestic terrorists, with most of their violent leaders convicted of murders and now serving life sentences.  Thus this proposal is like responding to a leak in a roof by replacing all the floors in the house.  Most lone wolf gunmen have bupkis political ideology, and those who do are not leaders in any groups and are almost always deranged losers.  Then we have Red Flag legislation proposals to have law enforcement take a peek at the social media history of anyone attempting to buy a gun.  Such laws are of dubious constitutionality, would do nothing in the vast majority of cases to deter most mass shooting gunmen who  have little social media presence, would overburden law enforcement, would hand more power to the Tech Lords and would inconvenience tens of millions of law abiding citizens because, like most Americans, they once wrote something stupid on social media.  Other than that it is a great idea.  The Federalist 78, written by Alexander Hamilton, described the Judiciary as “the least dangerous branch” of government.  I think that statement has proven erroneous.  However, the past 230 years indicate that Congress has earned the title of “the most foolish branch”.

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