Friday, August 12, 2011

Eponymous, they name is.

From back when REM didn't suck.
Here's a pretty good rule of thumb: If you're naming a piece of crime legislation after a crime victim, it's probably a bad law. It means you're legislating out of anger, or in reaction to public anger over a specific incident. That's generally not how good policy is made.--Radley Balko

The USA Patriot Act. Meghan's Law. The Adam Walsh Law. The (proposed, and blatantly unconstitutional) Caylee's Law.  What do they have in common? They're all shitty, frequently-abused laws that curtail our rights, but got passed because of a pleasant. This shit has to stop.

Are you having trouble getting your mandatory vivisection law to pass? Just rename it to the God and Babies Act (Gut our daughters and cut their eyes, breasts, intestines, ears, and skin Act) and presto! Who wouldn't vote for a cute baby? This is lawmaking as a marketing exercise.

When I am appointed emperor, my first* command will be forbid the naming of all laws. If you want to compromise our rights, at the very least  be honest about it. Oh, and GFY.

*my second will be to resign, of course. Well, after awarding myself a lifetime of free booze.

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