Darwin’s Politicians

Earlier today we learned that Atlantic writer and former George W. Bush speech writer, David Frum had no idea what the Lautenberg Amendment (Gun Ban for Individuals Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence — 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9)) is.

He was the tip of the iceberg.

United States Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) didn’t either.

Neither did Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

Or Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)

This makes me a little curious.  Is there anybody in the United States Congress that ACTUALLY KNOW ANY OF THE LAWS THAT GOVERN THIS FUCKING COUNTRY!?!

Seriously?

Charles Darwin was quoted as saying :

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

I propose a corollary:

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will be solved by politics.

I swear the most honest campaign ad I can thing of would be:

“I know fuck all nothing about anything, but I am so supremely confident in my ignorance that I feel it is my right to regulate things I know nothing about.  Vote for me.”

6 Replies to “Darwin’s Politicians”

  1. This makes me a little curious. Is there anybody in the United States Congress that ACTUALLY KNOW ANY OF THE LAWS THAT GOVERN THIS FUCKING COUNTRY!?!

    Simple answer; No.
    They’re politicians which by definition means they’re so stupid that an elected position is the only type of job they can hold down.

    They don’t know anything about the U.S. Statutes or Code of Federal Regulations because the Party leadership and lobbyists actually write the laws they ‘propose’.
    All they have to do is work on proper elocution of the speeches that are also written for them.

    Most congresscritters are nothing more than reliable ‘rubber stamp’ votes who do what the Party leaders tell them to do and how to vote.




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  2. The correct answer is that NO ONE knows what the laws of the USA are. Consider: the Federal Register is where laws (and regulations, which are said to count as law) are published. The FR runs about 200 pages PER DAY on average. Who has time to waste to read all that? And even assuming you did, who has the cranial capacity to remember all that crap? The answer is obvious.

    So when you’re told that “ignorance of the law is no excuse” the correct comeback is that “no one can possibly know what the law is, it’s beyond human capacity”.

    That said, since stupidity is a job requirement for politicians, they certainly are less likely than anyone else to have a clue. It’s also possible they know better but are pretending, for partisan reasons.




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  3. This is why I’ve been beating the drum that you could throw out 3/4 of the Code of Federal Regulations and not make anyone’s life worse in any material way.

    “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the Laws” – Tacitus, first century AD.




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    1. I have contemplated the idea of a “legal insurrection” to borrow a phrase. Essentially have the DOJ prosecute politicians using the most obscure parts of the CFR.

      What I would really like to see done is have a Federal sunset clause, where a law has to be voted on again every 10 years or it automatically expires.




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    2. I agree. Actually, I’d say 99%. For one thing, at least 99% of what the feds do is clearly not permitted by the Constitution. Some even boast about it in public:
      “There’s nothing in the constitution that says the Federal government has got anything to do with most of the stuff that we do.” — James Clyburn (D-SC)
      Madison said it clearly:
      “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?” — James Madison (in Federalist #62).




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