Originally Posted by SGT-MILLER
In fact, I'm pretty sure in all states, driving is considered a privilege, not a right.
Agreed but haven't you ever wondered how the Founders would feel about such nonsense ?
The basis for driving is simply a mode of transportation that the Government has twisted into a money making scheme like everything else .
First you have to take a test which costs you a fee then if you pass you must buy a permit , another fee then another test with a fee and then finally a license that must be renewed periodically . Each and every time requiring a fee .
If you don't renew on time you get to start from square one .
Then of course there are the multiple fees involved with the actual "Vehicle" of your choice . First you must pay a sales tax when you buy the thing , then there is a safety inspection , an Emissions inspection and licensing and in some places City Stickers which by the way all require the payment of sales tax on each item . Also in many states you must pay Personal Property taxes each and every year for owning the vehicle .
The same kind of things happen with Boats just not quite as many fees .
Now lets take it back to Preautomobile days .
Did one have to get permits and take tests and acquire licenses to ride a horse or "Drive" a Wagon ? Absolutely not !
Now no doubt someone is going to bring up good old public safety and how people must be formally "Taught" the things to drive a car or truck and not the old modes of transportation and speak of auto accidents etc. etc. .
While not on as grand of a scale mainly due to the lessened population densities fatalities with the old modes did happen and were quite serious .
Were people not thrown from horses ? Didn't horses on occasions become uncontrollable and just take off running with a rider unable to control it ? Didn't people die from being kicked by horses ?
Runaway horses pulling wagons no doubt killed thousands over the years yet did your horses have to have a license plate attached to their Butts so the town Marshal could identify it as a possible dangerous animal that he shouldn't allow on the streets of the town where women and children walk ?
What about something on a much grander scale , a cattle drive . Did people need licenses and permits for those ? A cattle stampede would destroy anything in it's way , wasn't that dangerous ?
Shouldn't a towns law enforcement have wanted to make sure the cowboys running one were properly qualified and licensed before bringing thousands of dangerous animals within a few miles of their towns or even right down the middle of it ?
We managed for thousands of years without stupid laws that could have been created and even been eloquently justified all in the name of "Public Safety" which is nothing more than a smoke screen to sell the harassment of the lawabidingng citizen minding his own business and to pick his pockets legally .
The cops can't even manage to catch the truly dangerous criminals or the courts to deal with those that they do , the last thing they should be doing is "Creating" criminals with stupid laws and bothering the people who aren't even breaking those insane laws .