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Don’t Do Unto Me as I Do Unto You

Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH) is upset that a handful of protestors peacefully demonstrated, against his vote for Obamacare, outside of his home.  He says “I understand people are going to criticize my decisions – I’m an elected official – but my wife, my kids, my neighbors are out of bounds.”

As my friend Mark LeBar points out to me in a private e-mail (quoted here with Mark’s permission): “Interesting that Rep. Driehaus himself doesn’t take my wife, my kids, my body, or anything else about me, to be ‘out of bounds’ when he legislates.  It’s all up for grabs in the legislative process; there are no bounds to what he is entitled to impose on me through force.  Probably he should not be surprised that people become less inclined to respect those ‘bounds’ – which are, indeed, bounds of decency – when the political class has so far rejected and replaced common decency with its officious and intrusive will.”

Indeed so.