The Government sliding scale

Here’s a little visual aid I created to better explain my feelings on government. I believe that some government is necessary. While I like the notion of Anarchy in theory, I don’t believe that is is workable in practice, due to the inherently imperfect nature of people. Some people will always be broken, and dysfunctional. There will always be strife and struggle in the world, on some level. Therefore there will always be bad people who will be happy to take advantage of any situation at the expense of others. Some policing of bad people will always be necessary. Notice, I’m not defining what “Bad People” means. That’s a social determination and will depend on what the majority of people decide that it is at any given moment. Anarchy is represented on my chart as the “0” end of the Government scale. As government approaches 0, you can see that “Bad stuff” approaches infinity. On the other hand, I feel that too much government is also a bad thing. Think of the novel 1984, by George Orwell, or of the Spanish Inquisition, or perhaps the Patriot Act of 2001. As government increases, we can clearly see that “Bad Stuff” again approaches infinity. I guess that makes me a libertarian in practice, and an anarchist at heart. This chart is just a first draft. I’ll add some detail to it and repost at a later date.

Government Chart

Beating a dead horse

This isn’t a gun blog, but it’s just been a bad day for us on the shooting sports front.

Well, the title is applicable on multiple fronts. First we started the day at the range, testing Judy’s newly repaired pistol. It worked great for a few minutes, until it didn’t. Same problem we took it in for a few weeks ago. The first time it failed was during a firearms training course Judy was taking. One moment the pistol was working fine, the next, she pulled the trigger and nothing. No bang, no click, and the hammer doesn’t even move. The trigger just moves back and forth. Not the sort of gun you would want to depend on in an emergency.

The second point is in the purview of congressional politics. Ugh. I hate congress. It seems that both parties are determined to ruin the country while they keep the citizens pointing fingers at each other. But, I digress… On to the actual point.

It seems that some in congress have decided that since it is so difficult to deprive the citizens of the United State of their firearms with an outright ban, they will raise taxes in a punitive effort to accomplish the same end. The bill before congress at the moment will raise taxes on firearms to 20% and ammunition to 50%. Ouch. Ammunition isn’t cheap now. We won’t be able to shoot much if that passes. It’s not like crooks will stop using bullets because the tax is high. The bill is euphemistically titled “H.R. 3018: Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013”. You can be guaranteed that no added safety will result from raising taxes. Congress will squander the money without accomplishing anything of actual value. Here’s the text of the bill if anyone is interested:

Sorry for the near rant. I’m tired, and need to get some sleep. I’ll try to have something less dreary to talk about next time 🙂

Weekend family time

Back from Eugene. Had a nice visit with my mom and Stepfather. Planned to go biking Sunday but Bob pointed out that there was a Hop-fest in Coburg about 20 miles away.  Beer trumps biking,  so we piled into the car for a trip to the Agrarian Brewery in scenic Coburg, Oregon. Sampled some great brew and watched as volunteers harvested the hops. Their hops plants put my little plant to shame. I have high hopes for next year though, and am thinking of a trellis in the front yard where we now have an ugly useless bush which is only good for B&E artists to stash their gear in,  but that’s another story.  😉   Sunday afternoon we had a family dinner with lots of relatives,  good food and good conversation.  This morning we were back on the road and are relaxing before going back to the grind tomorrow.  I hope everyone had a good weekend.