First They Banned All the Books

Though in this particular revolution, it appears they are starting with children’s books published before 1985.

Possibly that’s to get us used to the idea.

To be fair, though, Congress didn’t only vote to ban books. The legislation behind this, the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act of 2008, also eviscerates a significant chunk of our nation’s cultural heritage, kills jobs (see the links below for stories about what this is doing to some small businesses), and hurts charities.

(If you hadn’t yet heard that used bookstores, thrift shops and other establishments have begun throwing out large numbers of children’s books, as well as children’s clothes, toys and other goods, read this article by the Manhattan Institute’s Walter Olson, and then head over to his superlative website,, for more details and updates.)

I checked to see if our fearless leader voted for this bill, but he blew off the vote entirely. His chief-of-staff Rahm Emmanuel, then an Illinois Congressman, was an original co-sponsor in the House, and Rep. Bobby Rush, also of Illinois, was the main sponsor.

In the Senate, the only “no” votes were: Allard (R-CO), Barrasso (R-WY), Bunning (R-KY), Burr (R-NC), Coburn (R-OK), Cochran (R-MS), Corker (R-TN), DeMint (R-SC), Ensign (R-NV), Enzi (R-WY), Kyl (R-AZ), Vitter (R-LA) and Wicker (R-MS).)

Folks, this is what big government gets you. Brace yourselves for more.

P.S. If you sell used clothes on EBay, yard sales, etc., beware. The penalty for breaking this law is fines up to $100,000, prison time, or both. You don’t have to harm anyone to go to prison.

Hat tip: Ace of Spades.

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