April 8, 2008
Government stupidity
By James Wilson
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“Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”
-- H.L. Menken

Fact of the Day:

633 Iraqi civilians were killed and 701 wounded in February -- a 30% increase over January.
1,720 Iraqi civilians were killed in March and another 4,140 were wounded -- a 31% increase over February.

Subject: Government stupidity

The most incompetent institution in the world -- otherwise known as the federal government -- has a new plan to protect you from terrorism. Get this . . .

Fishermen on Lake Erie must now carry passports, in case they cross the invisible border with Canada that bisects the lake. Then, thanks to the so-called Department of Homeland Security, when the fishermen return to shore, they must drive to a government office and have their pictures taken.

Do you feel safer?

To us, this is yet another example of what a sham the government's supposed war on terror is. It's more evidence that the government is trying to do too much, in too many areas, with too little focus. It remains the case that, statistically speaking, the danger presented by terrorism is one of the smallest we face.

The new Lake Erie passport/photograph requirement is just one more government overreaction. 

Have you had enough? If so, please send a message to Congress in support of our "I am not afraid" campaign. The message to Congress reads as follows . . .

"I am not afraid of terrorism, and I want you to stop being afraid on my behalf. Please start scaling back the official government war on terror. Please replace it with a smaller, more focused anti-terrorist police effort in keeping with the rule of law. Please stop overreacting. I understand that it will not be possible to stop all terrorist acts. I am not afraid."

Use your personal comments to mention the Lake Erie fishermen as one more example of what a misguided, unfocused joke the official government war on terror has become. You can send your message here.

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