Abolishing the Registry

Politics, Prose and Poetry: One Person’s View

Alan Whitehorn, 6 December 2011

One of the key topics in the study of political science involves the question of what is the role of government. Relatedly, we can pose: How active should the state be to promote the public good? How much should the state allow individuals to pursue their private interests? Accordingly, we discuss and debate about where is the most suitable boundary between public protection and private freedom. To help explore these questions, the following poem emerged from the contemporary Canadian political setting:

Politics, Prose and Poetry: One Person’s View

Alan Whitehorn, 6 December 2011

One of the key topics in the study of political science involves the question of what is the role of government. Relatedly, we can pose: How active should the state be to promote the public good? How much should the state allow individuals to pursue their private interests? Accordingly, we discuss and debate about where is the most suitable boundary between public protection and private freedom. To help explore these questions, the following poem emerged from the contemporary Canadian political setting:

Abolishing the Registry

We know criminals use cars.
We know car-jackings occur.
But most of us are law-abiding.
Just because of a few,
the rest of us should not suffer.
The government should not intrude
excessively upon our lives.
Nor should it waste taxpayers hard-earned dollars.
Let’s just get tough on car-jackers
and criminals who use cars.
Let’s get the government out
of the car registry.
End car licensing now.
Or not.

1 comment
  1. Shame!

    Tuesday, December 6th was the 22nd anniversary of the killings at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. A deranged gunman shot 14 women. It is known as the Montreal Massacre.

    The massacre was the reason that in 1991 the gun registry was introduced to make fire-arms traceable. By all accounts it has made matters safer preventing killing of children, women and people at large.

    Is it not ironic that it is scrapped ten years later after the registry came into effect and so close to the date of the massacre anniversary? What is the conservative government thinking?

    Shame, that’s all what’s befitting to this callous act.

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