If you didn't know what R22 is, it's a refrigerant that is used in airconditioning units. It's been banned by the EPA and the EU because it "harms the ozone layer." Its replacement is much more costly and has resulted in some entities (smaller sports arenas namely) having to shut down or go without airconditioning.
You may remember this more as the "yoga mat chemical" that was used to make Subway bread chewier. It wasn't until a "food blogger" Vani Hari went on her little crusade and "exposed" Subway for using this chemical did most of anybody care.
Not that there's anything interesting or newsworthy of earplugs unto themselves, but when a city councilman like Jacob Frey wants to force music establishments in Minneapolis to provide their patrons with earplugs and considers such an idea "good government" you can see why such an idiotic idea and man might make the news (external - login to view).
Finally, the cancer-ridden woman in Rapid City.
Some of you may know the story, but the short version was this 60 something woman who obviously had gone through chemo (she had no hair) was talking with her friends about how they stopped the Keystone pipeline at a cigar lounge I like to attend. They were patting themselves on the back and then said, "ONTO STOP THE BAKKEN!" When I got up to leave she thought I was her friend and asked for a hug "goodbye." I then ripped into her about how she was scum, the reason the country and my generation had no hope, and that her little crusade was just to feed her ego and she didn't give a damn about the environment. I may have said something about her not living long enough to see the Bakken shut down.
So what do all four of these anecdotes/stories have in common?
They all highlight what is arguably the most dangerous aspect of leftists and socialists:
They won't stop.
Understand that there is a theoretical "optimal" amount of legislation. Too little legislation and there's bound to be a lot of crime. Too much legislation and you cripple and choke off your private sector. But leftists don't care about this because to them MORE legislation is ALWAYS better. It makes up for the fact they really don't have good ideas of governance, they have no game plan, and they make for miserable statesmen. I termed this "disease" or phenomenon "Chronic Regulation Addiction (external - login to view)" or CRA.
The problem for leftists and politicians in general suffering from CRA is that they fail to realize that there's nothing wrong with doing NOTHING. That maybe over the past 250 years an adequate amount of laws and regulations were already passed and this body of legislation needs only mere and occasional tweaking. No they "must do something" and so they're always on the hunt, always on a crusade to right and imaginary or made-up wrong.
The problem this presents for society, however, is that as the laws become progressively petty they also become progressively invasive. Admitted Nazi, Hater of Humanity, and All-Around Douchebag Extra-Ordinaire, Michael Bloomberg is the perfect example of this. So complete was the legal system of NYC he had nothing better to do than to tell people how much soda they were going to drink. And Jacob Frey (external - login to view), though not in the same league as Bloomberg, is doing his best to make people's hearing health the responsibility of the city government. You take these two and multiply them by the tens of thousands of bureaucrats, politicians, and other participants that populate and lead our legal and regulatory agencies and you can see the threat to personal freedoms CRA infected leftists presents.
Perhaps, however, if we find out what drives leftists and socialists to constantly push for more as opposed to less regulation we can stop the perpetual encroachment upon our personal freedoms? And while that may sound great, unfortunately it's impossible, for what is truly driving leftists and socialist is ultimately their lack of any worth as a human being.
Though not a 100% correlation, if you look at the majority of leftist (and rightist) politicians, crusaders, "activists" and other people suffering from CRA their lives usually have no purpose, no core, and no meaning.
They rarely work real jobs.
They rarely tried hard in life choosing the path of least resistance.
They produce nothing of genuine economic value.
And usually hail from academia, law, government, non-profit and 9 out of 10 times have a worthless liberal arts degree.
Because of this they need something to fill the void and give them some kind of "faux" point or purpose in life, but nothing that would require rigor or hard work. And thus they not only champion leftist causes (because "other people's money" is a popular and easy platform to run on), but constantly hunt down those progressively smaller morsels of "societal ills" that "demand action be taken to solve!" But worse, it's nearly impossible for them to ever stop feeding their egos with never-ending "do-gooderism" because in order for them to stop at the "optimal level of law" they would be forced to look in the mirror and accept two things:
1. They are in fact worthless people and their lives not only meaningless, but damaging to society
2. They would have to get real jobs
And that the ego of a leftist cannot abide.
Ergo, the ego of leftists is never ending. It will not stop. It will not relent. And it will run-ramshod over your personal freedoms as long as it feeds its host. Because after all, it's more important that politicians and bureaucrats make up new laws and regulations to feel good about their worthless-selves than you have the right to drive the car you want, eat what you want, and do what you want in this country.
Enjoy the decline (external - login to view)!
Captain Capitalism: The Unrelenting Ego of Leftists (external - login to view)