May 24, 2006 7 Comments
A state campaign to convince you that the state knows best and that it is willing to further steal from you to force its will upon you, is now underway in the "Click-it or Ticket" campaign. Now I am not saying you shouldn't wear your seatbelt. Depending on the kind and amount of driving you do, seatbelts may indeed be an advantage should you get into an accident. On the other hand, if each time we left the house we were to assume that we would be involved in an accident, how many of us would stop leaving the house? I for one have not been in a serious accident in over 20 years and I wasn't belted in for that one. The state has no authority to compel seatbelt use as it has no authority to interfere with private decisions that do not intrude on another citizen's rights.
Walter Williams covers this in this weeks column…
Virginia's secretary of transportation sent out a letter announcing the state's annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign May 22 through June 4. I responded to the secretary of transportation with my own letter that in part reads:
"Mr. Secretary: This is an example of the disgusting abuse of state power. Each of us owns himself, and it follows that we should have the liberty to take risks with our own lives but not that of others. That means it's a legitimate use of state power to mandate that cars have working brakes because if my car has poorly functioning brakes, I risk the lives of others and I have no right to do so. If I don't wear a seatbelt I risk my own life, which is well within my rights. As to your statement 'Lack of safety belt use is a growing public health issue that … also costs us all billions of dollars every year,' that's not a problem of liberty. It's a problem of socialism. No human should be coerced by the state to bear the medical expense, or any other expense, for his fellow man. In other words, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another is morally offensive."
My suggestion is to wear your seatbelt…or not…but do it because you have made a free choice to do it and not because of your fear of a state compulsion… My freedoms are worth more than the cost of a seatbelt tax or a day in court to get the unholy charge dismissed.
"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; …. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. "
– Frederick Douglass