I feel we have lost some ground in the fight. While I had to step back, so are others gradually stepping back. I guess I feel frustration that almost nothing we have done has changed anything. I am tired of writing to my Representatives over and over again. They either don't care, are too busy, or believe their vote for CPSIA was good (and for our good, despite objections). It's almost wasted energy. Of course, my Representatives have lost my vote. I will vote for myself if there is no other opponent and it becomes a wasted vote. That is how disgusted I am with them.
Too many don't know or don't care about the law. The threat of heavy fines or jail time means nothing. It is business as usual for them. How fair is it for some of us to abide the law and others not?
The question is, "What do we do now?"
As time continues to march forward and nothing continues to change, more people will drop out of the fight. We acknowledge and respect the law as it is written. Once law is passed, we obey it almost without question because that is the nature of our country. We believe in the Rule of Law and the business of making laws sacrosanct. And yet, the US Congress continues to pass laws without debate or consideration. It's not just the CPSIA we have to worry about. There are a whole host of new laws which are invading our lives and eroding our freedoms.
And yet, as Americans we CAN refuse to accept a law as binding. One such example is the Dred Scott Decision. In this famous court case, slaves were considered property. They could not become citizens, vote, or be made free. Groups of people decided that the ruling by the US Supreme Court was not binding as law. (And really, the US Supreme Court does not create law, they only offer opinions and we can choose to be bound by it or not. Generally we choose to follow their decisions.)
We can go further back to the Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.Our very own Declaration of Independence gives us permission to refuse to obey law which becomes destructive to our ability to live reasonably. We may not have arrived at the point where we need to take up arms and storm Washington. But we are quickly arriving at the point where we simply can't obey the law and continue to live. It's more than just the CPSIA robbing us of our ability to make a living as we choose. There are all kind of laws on the docket which will rob us of our freedom to shop at Farmer's Markets, take out a mortgage, speak freely against sinful activities in a religious setting and so many more things....
A law which a large group of people refuse to or simply can't obey (because they just didn't know) loses the Rule of Law effect that we hold so dear. It becomes unenforceable. I am to the point where I want to say, "Screw you, I am doing it anyway."
I haven't crossed that line, yet. I still believe in the rule of law and the process established by the Constitution to seek a "redress of grievances."
So, "What do we do now?"