Child drivingLook at him. Could you deny him his God-given rights?Photo: Steven YehGeorgia representative and proven nut Bobby Franklin wants you to know that driver’s licenses are eroding your freedom as we speak, because they impinge on your Constitutional rights. From his Right to Travel Act:

Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right.

Apparently Franklin, who lives in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, is so car-oriented that he doesn’t understand the difference between “traveling” and “driving.” Sure, you have a right to go around without “your papers,” as Franklin puts it, if you’re biking or on foot or going by camel in a bureau drawer. If you’re going to operate large and deadly machinery, though, you should probably have been deemed competent to operate large and deadly machinery. Just wanting to drive something is not sufficient certification. This is one of the ways we keep children out of steam shovels and spaceships.

Franklin went on to call driving “a right that has been inalienably given to you from your creator.” Whoa, God says everyone can drive? The nation’s 15-year-olds are going to be PSYCHED.

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