Can't We All Just Stay in Own Lanes?
As The Pilot, in a recent editorial, so correctly pointed out, the National Rifle Association has nothing to do with puppies. Nonetheless, the NRA was involved in killing the "Puppy Mill Bill."
This is a vital bill for all animal lovers, because it goes a long way to end the cruelties said to go on in some breeder facilities. It should have been a shoo-in but it was blocked by vested interests, not the least of which was the NRA.
Now, I have been a life member of the NRA for decades and support its constant vigilance to protect our Second Amendment rights. However, puppies have nothing to do with gun control. In this case, as in an endorsement of Harry Reid, the NRA strayed out of its lane.
When I called them on this, a spokesman admitted that they opposed the puppy bill but denied the rumored endorsement of Sen. Harry Reid. According to the spokesman, no endorsement would be decided before September. In both cases, the NRA is clearly out of its league and should stay in its own lane.
Another case in point is the AARP. Personally, I dropped my membership years ago when I became convinced this organization was more interested in selling insurance than protecting retired people. But the AARP, too, has been getting deeper and deeper in closets of the administration as it veers away from its stated purpose of representing the retired and endorses socialist politics. The AARP is another group that should remember its roots and stay in its own lane.
Unions have long been political activists, but they are now going too far as they demand pensions so gargantuan that municipal governments and giant industries are being forced into bankruptcy.
I belong to three unions and acknowledge their value as intermediaries and negotiators for thousands of members. However, sometimes the leaders are dedicated representatives - sometimes they are petty dictators with delusions of power.
What hurts is when you realize that your dues are going for causes you oppose. When that happens, a change in leadership is called for. Unions should represent their members and stay in their own lanes.
Our judicial system is part of the three-pronged power of our nation. Lower courts rule on what the law states; the Supreme Court concerns itself with what the Constitution stands for. That was the intention of the Founding Fathers, but unfortunately our courts have become more and more inclined to rule on what the law "should" be as opposed to what it is.
Our courts have become activists, which makes who gets appointed to the bench a political football. Courts, too, should stay in their own lane.
The other two tines of that government power: Congress and the executive branch were designed to represent us - the citizens. That concept seems to have been driven off a cliff as each branch seeks total power.
Health care, banking, manufacturing and the capitalism that drives our nation need to be regulated. But regulation does not mean running things. Running things is simply socialism, which most Americans vehemently oppose. Congress and the administration don't see it that way. They are in the wrong lanes. They should stay in their own lanes.
We could come up with other examples, but these should be enough to demonstrate the trend. Note that each named organization was at one time genuinely pro-American - genuinely on the side of the people. And I am deliberately including Congress and the administration as one-time pro-Americans. But they have strayed into oncoming lanes.
There is nothing really new in the involvement of these organizations in the political world. It is the widening - the broadening of their meddling that gives us cause for alarm. They are beyond switching lanes; now they are beginning to cross the dividing line. We all know that can lead to head-on collisions with catastrophic consequences.
They should watch that divider - they should stay in their own lane.
Allan Jefferys, a former New York theater critic and newsman, lives in Pinehurst. Contact him at email@example.com.
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