Here is some food for thought:
You need a license to go fishing
You need a license to go hunting
You need a license to drive a car/truck
You need a license to ride a motorcycle
You need a license to build a house
You need a license to get married
You need a license to dig a hole in your backyard
You need a license to own a dog
But you don't need any license or any form of credentials that prove you are worthy, financially capable, or responsible to have children. Any idiot, deadbeat, drug addicted looser, can have a child. There are absolutely no mandates for having children in this world and I believe that is where many of our modern day problems arise from. If you don't believe me...go to WallyWorld and watch the parade.
Freedom is a wonderful thing but it does not give you the right to do whatever you damned well please.
Some may view this a radical thinking but why would you place more emphasis on having a dog over bringing a human life into this world! That is, in a nutshell, just how messed up things are these days.
I am not against our current governing body for flying model airplanes. I am against the misinformed, intellectual idiots that perceive our hobby as dangerous to the public citizens of this country. I am also against those within the modelling community that abuse their privledges and make the rest of us look bad when something goes wrong due to blatent stupidity. You can do good a thousand times and no one cares but make one stupid mistake and the whole world notices.
Let's be honest with ourselves here. When you have a model capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph it is no longer considered a toy or even a ''hobby''. It is a liability and demands resposibility. I do believe there is a distinct difference between the hobby as a ''sport'' and the hobby as an extreme extension of the ''sport''. You can not govern multiple aspects of our modern models with one set of rules, but I do not feel the hobby/sport should be penalized as a whole as the FAA is trying to do.