Bodog Ari

I'm Ari Engel and am also known as BodogAri online. I've played poker for a living for virtually my entire post-college life. In the last few years I have started teaching people my style and philosophy on poker tournaments. Many of them have done very well. If you are interested in getting my help, email:

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Individual Rights and Victimless Crimes

So, how did we get to the point, where congress is seriously interested in using their limited legislative time, to make certain kinds of online gambling illegal? I believe it began long before the internet was even around. Yes, we can thank one of our "legendary" presidents FDR. (Yes, the same FDR, who couldn't find it in himself to bomb the tracks to aushwitz...)

FDR, in his unsuccesful attempts to limit the effects of the great depression, instituted many ideas that are at the heart of a welfare state. While in a free society, a person is allowed to do what they want in their pursuit of llh (life, liberty, happiness) FDR believed that the government could do a better job of protecting its people, than they could do alone.

Today, we witness the culmination of the FDR effect. Last week, I walked into the local pharmacy to buy some dayquil for my cold. I went to pay, and was shocked to be told, that I couldn't buy dayquil. You see, the government now believes, that cold medicine is something that can be abused. (I am not saying they are wrong, but the fact is, their beliefs make it the law now.) In the end, it took 2 ID's, and a call to the manager, to convince the cashier that I was indeed over 18. After all that, they asked me to write and sign my name, on their (Meth-watchlist?) sheet. I wonder how many other "GFY" 's have bought dayquil?

If you truly believe that the government does not belong in our everyday lives, maybe its time to send a message to congress, and only vote "small-government"-ers. Clearly, this is not a repub/demo issue. The government has taken too much power from us. I liked the way Mike from Michigan, aka ArtieCat put it, I'm sick of victimless crimes.

Congress is being funded by us, and yet they are saying, that we are so weak, we need their protection? Get out of here, lets see how you guys do without our tax money. Leave us alone, or go get another job!


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