Sunday, September 15, 2013

The World Turned Upside Down

When Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown and marched his troops off the battlefield his military band played The World Turned Upside Down, a fitting song title for his predicament.

I thought of that today when I pondered the current situation here in California.  Illegal aliens (not undocumented workers or any other politically correct euphemism) residing in California will now be permitted to obtain California driver's licenses.  There are other moves afoot to allow the same group of people to serve on juries, vote in local elections, and have other privileges of those who are citizens either naturalized or born.  If the actual intention is to stop the incidents of hit and run by unlicensed drivers or in my case and the Missus, the illegals who hit our cars (yes plural and more than once in the Missus' case) and then nonchalantly shrug and say, 'illegal - no license, no insurance' and more or less dare you to do something about it, then maybe, perhaps, possibly I might support this new law.  But my suspicious side tells me that this is just one more step along the road to legitimizing the many who reside here illegally, costing the county and state hundreds of millions of dollars in expense each year.

While thinking of this I also pondered the state government that is in the process of ceasing the sale of any semi automatic rifle that uses a detachable magazine, hunting and target arms included, and making the registration of said arms mandatory with heavy felony penalties to back up the law.   Many shooters and gun owners probably think that this new law will only effect evil black rifles, not their Remington 8 rifle that great grand dad used to hunt white tail back in Michigan and now Junior owns in sunny California; that is if they even know about the impending law.  But it does and if someone fails to register that old huntin' gun they are in for a world of hurt.   Media has been very, very quiet about this looming law probably so as not to stir up the apathetic citizenry.  By the way, the law is written so confusing and so contradictory that many will fall foul of it and not be in compliance while trying to comply!

What is illegal is now legal and what was legal is now illegal.  It is truly a world turned upside down.  Or as astronaut Taylor shouted in the movie Planet of the Apes  "It's a mad house, a mad house!"

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