In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
The President’s foreign policy standard would be better applied to the Big Government bureaucracy. A good friend and true blue progressive reads my posts. He frequently chides me to back up my statements. Recently he challenged me to show which laws and regulations I would recommend be deleted. So, to answer the challenge and have a little laugh, here are the dumbest laws in the USA (excuse the focus on California, but I live there). We’ll move on to regulations at a later date.
In Chico, CA, it is illegal to bowl on the sidewalk.
Permanent markers cannot be sold anywhere within the city limits of Fresno, CA.
When driving in Arcadia, CA, be careful because peacocks have the right of way when crossing a street OR YOUR DRIVEWAY!
If you have a mustache be very cautious in Eureka, CA. You are not allowed to KISS A WOMAN!
It is illegal to drive more than 2000 sheep down Hollywood Blvd at any one time.
Do you like to play Frisbee on the beach? Don’t do it in Los Angeles unless you have the lifeguards permission!
I’m not a fan of lizards ever since I saw the first Godzilla movie. But keep in mind that it is illegal to annoy a lizard in a Fresno City Park.
I don’t own any cows! Ergo, I am not allowed to wear cowboy boots in Blythe, CA, where the law specifically states you must own at least TWO COWS before you are allowed to wear cowboy boots!
The city of Baldwin Park in California took it upon itself to go through the process of putting into effect a law that outlaws the riding of a bicycle in a swimming pool.
You can be locked up for a whopping 25-to-life in the desert climes of Arizona if you are caught cutting down a Saguaro cactus (I agree that these beautiful and often ancient cactuses should be protected). But the penalty is draconian by any measure! Oh, and if you’re doing a little target practice in the desert, then beware! Shooting a bullet into a cactus is similarly punishable under the law.
Georgia has some real peaches! Georgia’s illustrious state legislators saw fit to prohibit carrying an ice-cream cone in your back pocket on Sunday; you also cannot keep your donkey in a bathtub; and you cannot give away goldfish as an inducement to get someone to take part in a game of bingo. But it is the state’s anti-sadomasochistic laws that take the spoils, being defined in such a broad way that anyone who handcuffs another person who is dressed in a clown suit is liable to be imprisoned for “sadomasochistic abuse.”
In Pennsylvania it is against the law for any person to be found sleeping on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
A recently passed anticrime law in Texas requires criminals to give their victims 24 hours notice, either orally or in writing, and to explain the nature of the crime to be committed.
In Nevada it is illegal to drive a camel on the highway.
Colorado chimes in with the following law. It is illegal to ride a horse while under the influence (that would be you, not the horse).
Children in Virginia are not allowed to go trick-or-treating on Halloween (that is government paternalism in the extreme).
A special law in Florida prohibits unmarried women from parachuting on Sunday or risk arrest, fine, and/or jailing.
Back to California where animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship (that includes birds, and minks)! I’m not sure if they arrest the mink or you.
Margarine may not be substituted for butter in restaurants unless it is requested by the customer in Wisconsin.
You can be arrested for vagrancy in Illinois if you do not have at least a one dollar bill on your person. I’m not sure if your American Express Black Card (Centurion) can be offered in lieu of the dollar.
If a child burps during church in Nebraska, his parent may be arrested. So, don’t let junior drink that Coke before church!
OK, ha ha ha, say you. What’s your point, Dr. Filly. My point is simple. If those in power in our government can pass such ridiculous laws, it means they have too much power and a deaf, mute, and ignorant electorate (and they fully take advantage of both). Wake up America! Big Government = Bad Government!