In the not-so-best of worlds, laws are made and enforced that respond more to the cries of "there oughta be a law" rather than a need to protect our rights.
The outdoor display ordinance in Laguna Beach is an example. Someone said, "I don't like outdoor displays. They're tacky. There oughta be a law." And some lawmakers responded.
The result is a law that does not protect individual rights, but rather restricts and abridges those rights, limiting the individual's private property rights, right to made a living, and freedom of expression.
It's a good thing everyone doesn't get to make laws. The result would be chaos.
MICHELE G. MUELLER