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Too Many Laws

November 07, 2003

I was in a park yesterday. A little boy, perhaps 5 years old, started to climb a tree, happy and excited as little boys are to climb. After a minute, the mother noticed a "tree climbing prohibited" sign (over-regulated L.A.). She had to pull her boy out of the tree, trying to explain that it's against the law, as he resisted and cried. Ideal democracy is fine, but the present form of democracy is more like an endless amount of lawmakers looking to make a name for themselves, passing an endless amount of laws so that we can all live under the fear of punishment equally. All forms of fun are against the law or eventually will be, thanks to boring lawmakers.

Jay Zemel

Playa del Rey

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