Leave Us The Hell Alone!


I don’t gamble.

I want to make that clear right at the beginning of this rant of mine.

Actually, when I say that I don’t gamble I mean that outside of putting a quarter in a slot machine once or twice a year when I am passing through Reno, or playing penny ante poker with friends, or betting a hamburger and coke on a Rose Bowl game every so often, I never lay down a bet. Nothing substantial. Heck, I would guess that the most I ever lost was probably a small “fast food lunch” or two on friendly, “gentleman” bets. Of my friends over the years, I know only one or two of them, that like me, do not gamble.

But I have friends that are gamblers. Most of them would be ready to bet 20, 50, or a 100 or more dollars on ball games, or at a Black Jack table. And I have several friends from the PC industry that would regularly figure on betting upwards of $10,000 or more when we trekked to Las Vegas every year to stay a week at the big Fall COMDEX show. $10,000 seems to me to be a good tidy sum of money, especially when you consider that you may lose all of it in 6 or 7 days (or sooner!). But it was the kind of money that my friends were willing to lose for the lure of making more.

They loved the fun and excitement and the adrenalin rush of gambling their money. They looked forward to it. Some saved all year for the chance of making the odds pay off in their favor.

And I admit, it was fun to watch them as they played craps or black jack, poker or some other game. I was happy for them when they won, and a good friend and consoler when they lost.

Yeah, most of them lost. But they enjoyed it. They were adults, they were responsible, and they knew what they were doing.

So, with that said, I read this today:


I am not going to tell you what political side of the spectrum I am on, though I will say that I love the free market and free enterprise. I like less government and more responsibility, and I hate with a passion the “nanny state” politics of telling us what we can and can’t do with our own hard earned money! Both the Democrat and Republican parties are guilty of passing one bill after another to tell us what we can and can’t do with our own money! And this one is just totally absurd!

Why the hell should the government tell me that I can’t gamble my money away? Why the hell do they care anyway? AND WHAT BUSINESS IS IT OF THEIRS?

You can’t legislate morality! Oh, but they try… don’t they?

I am all for laws that are designed to maintain our freedoms. I like the “you can swing your arms as much as you want as long as you don’t hit me” kind of laws. They allow us govern ourselves, and give us a good guideline and a penalty when we go overboard. But our government creates laws that basically tell us that it is against the law to swing your arms because you could potentially harm someone else, as well as yourself!

“NEVER swing your arms!” they say!

Do you see how absurd that is?

They create laws to protect us from ourselves! They actually believe they are smarter than we are and that WE ARE NOT SMART ENOUGH TO DO THAT ON OUR OWN!

What other reason could there possibly be?

The politicians, from both sides of the aisle (Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, meat-eater or vegetarian, etc.) are both guilty of taking away one freedom after another in their attempts to legislate a safer world for us!

Leave me alone!

I work hard for my money and if I want to spend it in Las Vegas, or on a riverboat, or on an Indian casino, OR ONLINE, then let me do it!

Ok. I know that gambling can destroy a household, a career, a life… but so does making a wrong decision on a business deal! Or falling asleep at the wheel! Or marrying the wrong person! Or, well, there are so many things that can cause us pain and discomfort and even ruin our lives…. are we going to have some stupid politicians come in and tell us how to run every aspect of our lives?

Why in the hell should the government feel it has to tell me I can’t spend my money as I want to spend it? Why do the people we elect to office think they are smarter than I am and that they know better than I do on how I should spend my OWN money?

Hey… you guys in the government! I pay my taxes! The rest is mine! Leave it the hell alone! Get out of my life!

This just angers the beejeezus out of me!

Can you tell?

Honestly, I would rather you do something else with your hard earned money than to throw it away in some (and quite possibly crooked) poker game, but what right do I, or anyone else have, to tell you where to spend your money? If you’re an adult, be responsible! if you’re not an adult, then, wait until you are old enough to be accountable for your own actions and then be responsible!

That’s the responsible thing to do!

Makes you wonder how long will it be before government legislates ALL of our Internet freedoms away…

Categories : Commentary


  1. RRadcliff says:

    Wow! I TOTALLY agree with you Ron! 100%!

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