As many reading this already know, the NC Supreme Court flexed its muscles against Chapel Hill a few days ago, lifting the ban on cell phone use while driving, and modifying the Town's towing restrictions. We'll leave off the cell phone thing for now, and discuss the issue of the Court lifting the cap on towing fees. Which is apparently a personal "liberty" the town was repressing:
Chris Weaver Eroding the power of the municipality...or increasing liberty for the individual....
I'll take the latter, I'll be damned if any municipality should interfere with my business to the point they are regulating my fee...We are not China ...yet
Yes, I made the mistake of engaging in a debate with a Libertarian, an activity that usually produces some comical yet frustrating results. In this case, "liberty" takes the form of somebody latching onto your car and hauling it off to be held for an exorbitant ransom at some undisclosed location. To me, it's glaringly obvious whose "liberty" has been violated, just because they happened to park in the wrong place. But to a Libertarian, there is no excuse:
Steve Harrison Since when is having to pay three hundred bucks to get your car out of a towing company's lot (jail) "increasing" overall liberty? Part of the responsibility of local elected officials is to make sure their citizens aren't ripped off by opportunists. I doubt you would support a judge's ability to arbitrarily decide how much to fine someone for a municipal parking ticket, so there should be a limit for towing companies, as well.
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Chris Weaver I can read, thus I do not get my truck towed.
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Chris Weaver A municipal parking ticket and a private company paid or contracted to keep another individuals private parking lot cleared of improperly parked vehicles is apples an oranges.
As you can see, he never answered my question about the judge. Because in his mind (as with many other Libertarians), government and the private sector are not to be compared. While an act by government is automatically tyranny, that same act by a private business is just fine. Forget about the fact that voters have chosen their representatives on the Town Council, and can replace them if they overreach. And the Supreme Court undermining said local government's attempt to protect its citizens is an extreme violation of their personal liberties. Oh no, those things aren't to be considered.
It's the handful of entrepreneurs who troll parking lots and shanghai somebody else's personal property that are exercising their "liberty," while their victims are simply stupid because they didn't read the signs.
And if that's not enough to make you question the whole "my liberty trumps yours" mentality, see what it's done to a major Triad newspaper's editorial staff:
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled rightly Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in Obamacare.
This is not about employers imposing their religious views on their employees. It’s about family-held companies not having to provide, by government order, certain contraceptives to which they have religious objections.
The court’s conservative majority got this ruling right. The contraceptives in question are still available. But the government can’t force a family-owned company to go against its religious beliefs and provide those contraceptives.
The court’s decision, coming in this week leading up to our country’s birthday, is a win for freedom.
"A win for freedom"? I was going to call this horseshit, but that wouldn't be fair to horses.