Katherine: You make a good point about Connecticut’s unseemly and legislatively improper rush to implement “gun control” in the wake of Sandy Hook — but why stop there? It’s axiomatic among our genius solons in Washington and elsewhere that every social and economic problem, whether real or imagined, only needs a good stiff dose of legislation — right now! — to set things straight. As I wrote in this space last week:
The larger issue is what’s compelling a sizable swath of the political class to constantly insist that things are “broken” and that they must be fixed right this minute, especially in the Senate (the supposedly more deliberative body), where soulmates like Chuck Schumer and John McCain rush around with their hair on fire, pushing “health care” reform and discerning ominous undocumented shapes lurking in the shadows. When a used-car salesman tells you have to take his manager’s just-for-you deal right now, a sensible person walks away. In Cloward-Obama America, we continually reelect such hucksters to Congress.
To add insult to injury, the legislation always seems to come in the form of a phone-book sized bill that is plopped down and voted upon, unread. Doesn’t anyone on our team ever stop to think: Where the heck do these things come from? They appear to spring full-blown from the bowels of this or that congressman, like Athena from the head of Zeus, only less attractive and salubrious. Why, it would almost lead a suspicious sort to believe that they have hordes of staffers at work on similar bills of nearly infinite complexity, just waiting to be dropped on an unsuspecting public at the slightest “emergency” provocation — even if it’s only the fierce urgency of change for reasons no one can quite explain.
The truth, of course, is that like Dodd-Frank (how fitting that it bears the name of two of the great villains of the Bush-era Congress), the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act and the various anti–Second Amendment “gun control” bills hastily passed by blue states, these bills are about control, period. The modern American Left — renegade children of the Frankfurt School — simply does not trust concepts like individual freedom; its passion for groupthink (especially its own) blinds it to the very virtues that allowed it to flourish on American soil. As Katherine writes of the Connecticut law:
The 139-page bill was introduced into the state senate on the morning of April 3, and the next day it was signed by the governor. This sort of haste has become commonplace over the last few years, with members of Congress and state legislators across the country passing consequential bills that they could not possibly have had time to read and understand. Nancy Pelosi gave the definitive explanation of this method of legislating when she said of President Obama’s health-care law that “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”
And we all know how well that worked out.