To the Editor,
Those of my generation may recall these lyrics of a protest song by the Five Man Electrical Band:
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
Today, we could resurrect this song and change those lyrics to “Law, law, everywhere a law… Do this, don’t do that, it’s the law.” According to a recent news report, there will be at least 40,000 new laws and regulations taking effect throughout the country in 2014. This begs the question: “Do we really need this many new laws?” When you read some of them the answer is a simple one — “not hardly.”
Why do we have to have so many laws? My theory is that those elected to be members of the legislature feel the need to justify their existence by “legislating.” Such, if it be the case, is a complete misunderstanding of the purpose of a representative. Their primary job is to watch out for our freedom and liberties — to ensure that the government does not overstep its bounds and intrude into our lives where it has no constitutional authority.
In 2013, Congressman Joe Barton sponsored three bills and co-sponsored 114. Only sponsoring three bills sounds good since it is in line with my point of not loading us up with excessive new laws. However, when you realize that one of the three was The Internet Poker Freedom Act of 2013, you have to scratch your head and ask “Really? Our country is going down the tubes and your concern is internet poker?” Furthermore, a number of the bills he co-sponsored increased government intrusion into our lives and weakened our liberties.
As your representative, I will be more concerned with introducing legislation to repeal many of the unconstitutional laws and regulations already “on the books,” not increasing them. Whether they are successfully passed into law or not, there’s one thing I can promise: I will not waste my time as your representative fretting over such trivial things as internet poker and the college football playoff system. I will serve you as your watchman against governmental erosion of your freedom and liberties.
GOP Congressional candidate