A proposal to Alabama legislators: The Truth in Labeling Act

I’ll be traveling for the next few days and won’t be able to write much here, so I thought I’d provide a quick parting thought. The current version of the Alabama Constitution still contains these words: “That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression.”

Of course, these words are disregarded by the Alabama Legislature. Any state which has a heavily populated county considering bankruptcy, has dry counties or bans on sex toy sales is obviously going far beyond the protection of the life, liberty and property of her citizens.

Without some radical shift in Alabama politics, it will obviously be tough to get legislators to actually comply with the stated objective of state government in my home state. Here’s a thought for meantime, though. What if bills which go beyond the protection of life, liberty or property require this important fact to be clearly identified in the label of any bill being offered by the Alabama legislature?

Instead of SB14 or HB732, bills would be coded as OSB14 or OHB732. Of course, the “O” would stand for “oppressive” and any bill introduced into either Alabama chamber which usurps or oppresses would have to be identified as such.

As an example, a spending reduction bill could fairly be called House Bill 419, but a bill which increases spending would be called Oppressive House Bill 419.

Our legislators spend a lot of time “protecting” the citizens from criminals, certain consumer activities (such as having too many choices in the marketplace), etc. They will do anything to expand the perception that they are protecting the children. Perhaps it is time for our legislators to begin protecting the citizens from a far worse evil: the legislators themselves.

9 Responses to “A proposal to Alabama legislators: The Truth in Labeling Act”

  1. Reform Party Member /Don Lake Says:

    Hmmmmmm. Try to embarrass the rotters? Best wishes, they are a tough, self absorbed lot, living in Da Nile!

    [My former congress person use to ride in his luxury car to his yacht on the Potomac smugly knowing his ‘cover’ as war hero would shield him from Don Lake and the FBI. Look for arrogance! Before the DoD fraud investigators finally took him down——as revenge for his previous badgering not to protect the protect the public/ taxpayers! ]

  2. raunch driller Says:

    whad up yo! just sitting here picking my nose while you all pick your asses. nice read stevie, keep up the great work, go obama!

  3. Anal Libertarian Says:

    Something has to change.
    Un-deniable dilemma.
    Bob Barr’s not a burden
    Anyone should bear.

  4. Anal Libertarian Says:

    Finger deep within me, Rep. Bob Barr.
    Show me that you love me and that we belong together.
    Relax, turn around and take my hand

  5. Anal Libertarian Says:

    Knuckle deep inside me Rep. Bob Barr.
    This may hurt a little but it’s something you’ll get used to.
    Relax. Slip away.

  6. manoftruth Says:

    What a stunning set of comments here.

    Great article, expose the truths. As Don states, there are many politicians among us who hide behind false facsades. No more, the investigations must continue. For if we truly care about the children, then we mush give them quality leaders to look to.

  7. paulie Says:

    Great idea Mr. State Chair!

  8. disinter Says:

    “Of course, like the US constitution, the Alabama one has pretty much failed, though we are still one of the least-taxed, least-regulated states in the Imperial Union.”


  9. Chronicler Says:

    As you know, one of the unwritten rules in the United States is that governments may exercise the “police power” - which means they may pass legislation safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Legislation against alcohol and tobacco helps safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public and thus meets the test.

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