Playing with Prostitutes: Why Honor and Character Matter

I’ve often wondered about people attempting to “game” the system. I begrudge no one who takes advantage of what’s legitimately available to them; however, I’ve never been able to respect any person who’s ready to sue simply because their situation has historically had a good chance of winning. And with a federal government that seems hell-bent on firmly establishing itself as a national one, the citizens of these great United States are left to suffer from the consequences: more lawsuits, plenty of work for lawyers, and an erosion of our freedoms.

The ease with which an enterprising lawyer can gain access to information one may only wish shared with a few trusted friends is pretty disheartening. It’s a sad day in America when grown women and men feel no shame for defrauding others. The proliferation of trial lawyers has accelerated the erroneous belief of a “right” to compensation for every perceived ill. Unfortunately, there are many who simply believe that a lawsuit is a legitimate method of realizing a payday.

If everyone was honorable and possessed good character, then the blame for the gradual loss of our freedoms would lie squarely on the shoulders of those in Washington, D.C. As it is, private citizens share the blame with the politicians. Laziness and stupidity cannot be legislated away and will never be eradicated; but, that fact doesn’t seem to matter to those who believe restrictive laws and lawsuits are legitimate functions of government.

The supposed “victim” in many personal injury lawsuits is merely a “John” who’s been convinced by their attorney (the low-class prostitute) that they may have a legitimate case. And if the case can garner enough media attention, it may even catch the attention of high-class prostitutes - politicians - who may introduce legislation to make illegal an otherwise innocuous or stupid act.

The problem this presents is that basic freedoms for honorable people of good character are impinged. Politicians, particularly those in Washington, D.C., are quick to pass laws that make it easier for government to access personal information, or laws designed to restrict behavior -– even behavior that may only be dangerous to the individual performing the behavior.

The question that must be answered is this: Since when is it the Federal Government’s responsibility to “protect” us from ourselves? Have we forgotten that on matters where the Constitution is silent, the federal government has no legitimate role?

I believe if you want to drive faster than your ability to control your vehicle, and do so without wearing a seat belt, then go right ahead. Just don’t expect me to foot any of your medical bills or funeral costs, don't harm anyone, and don't damage another's property.

Unfortunately, people who have done so in the past have paid the (high-class) prostitutes to pass laws restricting my ability to decide whether or not to wear a seat belt. In other words, I am no longer free to decide whether or not to wear a seat belt when I drive. I’m penalized if I do so. It’s not any business of the federal government to police my seat-belt-wearing activities. I want the freedom to choose, not the freedom from choice.

Playing with prostitutes may be fun for a little while; but eventually you’ll have to deal with the consequences: the need to dedicate more and more attention and resources to the sores and diseases that will eventually plague the body. Any honorable person admits when something’s not working and changes his or her actions.

People of character avoid lying, cheating, and stealing because those actions are wrong. They are wrong not simply because of some moral imperative – which necessitates a discussion involving religion – but because those actions harm others.

I’m One Black American who believes in the honor and character that’s demanded by the principle of freedom in the U.S. Constitution.