I got a safety inspection and emissions check today. The State of Texas mandates that cars get a safety inspection and that cars in high pollution counties get an emissions test.
Government has the right to mandate people to do things in order to serve the public good. Government has that right even in Texas.
Liberals and progressives should not be hesitant to assert this fact.
A few fearful people will tell you that stuff like this starts us on the path to a totalitarian state.
Yet these same people use public roads, depend on the public fire department, visit the public library and draw Social Security.
These same folks in Texas get their cars checked each year. I don’t hear them complaining.
We must be assertive in proclaiming the virtues of government.
A government that has a role to play in our lives is an extension of the trust we have in each other, and is reflective of our hopes for an ever more fair and inclusive society.
Either government is of, for, and by the people, or America is not a land of freedom