Libertarians Outraged That Rain Is Wet

Or that government is abusive, you know: whichever.

The latest mini power-grab by the Federal government is a yawnfest. In effect, this government has written itself a note that says that they’ll snoop your mail if they really, really want to. They’re also saying that this note supecedes some other notes that they’ve written that stated they wouldn’t snoop your mail without a permission note. No word yet on what efforts libertarian activists will put forth to get this government to write a note that says that the government won’t really read your mail without a permission note.

Do you see what I mean? The fact that this government wrote a note in the first place giving themselves permission to do a number of things implies that they’ll write themselves a note to allow them to do whatever they want whenever they want to. Any note they write to the contrary can be replaced by yet another note.

And libertarian activists are outraged by all of this? It’s frankly amusing.

3 thoughts on “Libertarians Outraged That Rain Is Wet”

  1. On this, we can agree. The government is only bound by its laws to the extent that the governed care. And most people just don’t care enough — and probably rationally so — to bust all the ass required to prevent mail snooping, in addition to the myriad other powers the G has that it probably ought not to.

  2. Ah, I see. Since the government gives itself permission to whatever they choose – whether or not the rest of us know or approve – it is nothing to get worked up about.

    Then I guess my question is, if nothing the government claims a right to do matters, why do you bother to blog about it, or about anyone else’s reaction to it?

  3. Rob,

    Since the government gives itself permission to whatever they choose – whether or not the rest of us know or approve – it is nothing to get worked up about.

    That usurpation of a Constitution was where the government gave itself permission to do whatever it chooses. The implication that this one particular manifestation is some dramatic leap forward for the state is silly. Outrage? Pfft. Wolfe gives a back-handed endorsement of “democracy” right after complaining about the fruits of democracy and the cognitive dissonance doesn’t even register.

    Then I guess my question is, if nothing the government claims a right to do matters,

    Don’t know where that comes from, I never said that. I said that this particular issue was a yawnfest. Obviously this government claims a right to dispose of everything and everyone inside its territory.

    … why do you bother to blog about it, or about anyone else’s reaction to it?

    More to the point, why do you care why I blog? If I’m wrong, then refute me.

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