Over the past few years, my father has worked in his retirement with the local zoning board. It has really been an education for me. I'm more the "leave me alone to do my thing on my property" type of guy, but his time with the zoning board has been an education for us both as he tells me the ways and whys of decisions. As a result of that education, I am grudgingly in agreement of most of our zoning laws, at least those he has demonstrated to me, because at the center of them is the need for us all to work together with a certain set of rules so we all can enjoy things in safe and cared for manners.
Having said that, I read this horror story of the chemical spill spoiling the water for some 300,000 residents of West Virginia.
And, what I can't help but to notice is that once again, this concept of calling oneself a patriot is supposed to make any action acceptable. If no other example than below shows, wrapping oneself in the flag would seem to be the first mark of suspicion in my book. And, hey... just for kicks, I looked to see if Fox and Friends covered the story. Not sure if they did or not, but I sure couldn't find any mention of it.
In the end, having some restraints upon a person or business is necessary if painful. When what I do effects my neighbors, I do have a responsibility to make sure my actions are safe and respectful. Objecting to regulation is almost knee-jerk, but it frankly is the mark of civilization. It is the mark that we do not live at the strength of our own arm alone but as a community, and as a community that cares for all involved. And yet, the very people who routinely advocate for less government oversight and ever greater removal of the constraints that allow such horrors as this spill to occur are the same who have no problems with denying my rights to love who I choose. Hmmm, a bit of an odd thing, huh?