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LAWS: Too many of us pick and choose which laws to obey

Letter by Carol MacKinnon, Tacoma on May 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm | 7 Comments »
May 5, 2011 1:21 pm

Re: “Cell phones: Law being widely ignored” (letter, 5-5).

After reading this letter I feel compelled to point out something invariably overlooked by those reporting on the controversy surrounding red-light cameras. That these cameras generate cash demonstrates that drivers routinely ignore a law, underscoring the letter writer’s apt point, “What is actually happening in our culture is a spirit of anarchy. If you selectively obey certain laws yet without hesitation disregard others, that is the seed bed of anarchy.”

Why care about anarchy? Because our nation is bankrupt. When people are immersed in a culture that embraces individual freedom to pick and choose from among the laws to obey, what happens when many citizens go hungry?

I don’t expect civil insurrection in America anytime soon, but the theoretical implications of selective obedience should not be overlooked by anyone with responsibility for educating others, be it parents, teachers, counselors or the media.

As a nation, we take pride in being of law. Yet as a culture we are surrounded by cheats and liars whose behavior we accept. Mobile cell phone use continues, and some protest automatic cameras being used as robotic avatars of police.

Lives and our civilization can be saved when as individual citizens we embrace personal responsibility for following the laws, even the ones with which we disagree, in every facet of our lives, and take affirmative steps to act collectively as a community to demand that members of the community strictly follow the laws as well.

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