Cell Phone Safety?

June 25, 2001, Rights.com

North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center revealed that only 1.5% of traffic accidents were caused by drivers distracted by cell phones; meanwhile, fiddling with car radios caused nearly eight times as many deadly accidents, according to the same study. Eating in the car is at least as deadly as cell phone use (probably more given the Washington Post article, below). Hope you don’t switch stations or CDs either. And, quieting a screaming child ranked above cell phones as causes of accidents.

So, if you think the cell phone ban is good, pull out the radio, the radar detector, and don’t talk to anyone while you are in the car. And don’t even think about putting make-up on in the car.

Oh yes, and please remember: “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin. Variations upon this quotation were commonly used by ALL the founders during the Revolution. Think like the men and women who fought for their freedom and yours. Think like people who care about liberty. Don’t think like people who need to be babied by the government. For too long people have been afraid to think for themselves and care about their freedoms. Don’t be a lemming mindlessly following the liberal press. Don’t let the busybodies and statists out there use you to further their aims.

It is already the law in every state that you cannot drive recklessly. Recklessness is recklessness, no matter what the cause.

Also, think about this: According to a federal analysis of 1997 crash data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cell phones were a factor in only 57 deaths that year, even though there were 100 million cell phone users around the country. Drunk driving, by contrast, killed approximately 16,000 people in 1997, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Mindless acceptance of “statistics” and “facts” cited to support further intrusions on our individual liberties will only lead to irreperable erosion of our freedom.

Check out these links, if you care to be informed about the issue:

1. (Washington Post: Crash Analysis Lets Cell Phones off Hook) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60521-2001May7.html

2. San Francisco Chronicle: Wheels and Meals Driving with a Soda as Risky as a Cell Phone http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/04/11/MN182630.DTL

3. San Francisco Chronicle: Dashboard Dining Distracts Drivers, Health Department Says http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2001/04/10/state2002EDT0224.DTL

4. Also quite interesting: http://www.lp.org/press/op-eds.php?function=view&record=5

Catiline Jeffords

Jim Jeffords has shown himself to be the Catiline of America for 2001. Airot Parker, Court.com, 5/25/2001
Catiline was the treacherous and degenerate character whose scheming nearly destroyed the Roman Republic and whose licentious ways inspired, by their very profligacy, Cicero’s eloquent oration on virtue, which was subsequently memorized by generations of American schoolboys. No one in the political leadership of the early American republic needed to be reminded who Catiline was. He was the talented but malevolent destroyer of republican government. Joseph J. Ellis Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation, 2000.

We of to-day who stand for the Progressive movement here in the United States are not wedded to any particular kind of machinery, save solely as means to the end desired. Roosevelt

“We of to-day who stand for the Progressive movement here in the United States are not wedded to any particular kind of machinery, save solely as means to the end desired.”

President Theodore (“Teddy”) Roosevelt, incipient dictator, dumping the Constitution and other protections.  Followed by Wilson.

The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.

“There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom.”

Garet Garrett, “The People’s Pottage” 1953

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Experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms [of government],those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, pervertedit into tyranny. Thomas Jefferson

Observe that any social movement which begins by redistributing income,ends up by distributing sacrifices. –Ayn Rand
Most of the presidential candidates’ economic packages involve ‘tax breaks,’which is when the government, amid great fanfare, generously decides notto take quite so much of your income. In other words, these candidates aretrying to buy your votes with your own money.–Dave Barry (1992)
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Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain – and sincelabor is pain in itself – it follows that man will resort to plunderwhenever plunder is easier than work. History shows this quite clearly.And under these conditions, neither religion nor morality can stop it.It is evident, then, that the proper law (government) is to use thepower of its collective force to stop this fatal tendency to plunderinstead of work. All the measures of the law should protect propertyand punish plunder. –Frederic Bastiat
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The income-tax return has made more liars out of Americans thanthe golf scorecard.–Will Rogers

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There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.–Mark TwainThe income tax is clearly an immoral tax. It basically says that aperson’s productive capacity belongs to the state, and [the state] willdecide how much of what he earns he can keep. David Kelley

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