Arkansas seeks new levels in Nanny-dom


Every time I think I’ve heard it all, some politician out there decides to up the ante and show me just how much farther they can push the Nanny State.  The latest installment comes from Arkansas, the state than gave us Clinton.  What are they seeking to protect us from?

Why, apparently, it’s important to stop us from getting certain kinds of tattoos.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would ban non-traditional body art and skin implants.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View, wants to limit body art procedures, particularly scarification and dermal implants.

Scarification uses heat to create “tattoos” out of scar tissue.  In a way, it’s kind of like someone branding themselves.  Dermal implants are where someone places “ornaments” under the skin.

Now, Arkansas has a 7.4 percent unemployment rate, according to the state’s Department of Workforce Services.  That’s on par with the national average, which just about everyone agrees is too high.  So State Sen. Irvin’s attempt to dictate what someone can and can’t do with their own bodies comes in the middle of the worst economy since the Great Depression.

I can’t really grasp Irvin’s thoughts here.  After all, she voted for people in Arkansas to be able to purchase raw milk.  The idea of people being able to make a decision about what to put into their bodies is a good one, and she should be applauded for that vote.  However, I don’t see how she can reconcile that with voting against people being able to modify their bodies however they wish.

It just goes to show the logical inconsistencies that are so prevalent within our elected officials.  Your body is yours…unless I don’t like what you want to do with it.  Is it any wonder that no one trusts politicians?  After all, part of the purpose in asking questions during campaigns about potential issues is to get an idea of how someone will vote on other thinks along those lines.

Unfortunately for Irvin’s constituents, she’s fine with raw milk but she’ll be damned if you want the wrong kind of tattoo.

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