Congress, n. A body of men whose sole purpose in existence is to pile
law upon law upon law.
The fundamental belief embodied in this philosophy is that a nation at
peace with itself is ordered and held together, not by love and true
religion, nor by honor and morality, nor even by a minimal attempt to
act according to Confucious's simple words, "Do not do unto others
what you would not have them do unto you," but rather by the brute
force of edicts issued by the sovereign.
Therefore, when the nation was first formed, and not only did held
together but actually built itself up by leaps and bounds, the
legislators believed it their duty to create laws. When the nation's
growth began to slow and problems to increase, the legislators
believed it their duty to attempt to improve the situation by creating
laws. And now, as the nation is crumbling, when it is common for a
mere child to carry a .45 caliber handgun because he does not feel
safe at school, it is by the force of tax laws hundreds of pages long
and penal codes which the lawmakers themselves could not hope to read
that the legislature seeks to stem the ever advancing tide of chaos.
The greater the number of laws and enactments, the greater the
number of thieves and robbers.
-Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
- -- Hayward's Unabridged Dictionary