It isn’t just Gibson that is sweating. Musicians who play vintage guitars and other instruments made of environmentally protected materials are worried the authorities may be coming for them next.
If you are the lucky owner of a 1920s Martin guitar, it may well be made, in part, of Brazilian rosewood. Cross an international border with an instrument made of that now-restricted wood, and you better have correct and complete documentation proving the age of the instrument. Otherwise, you could lose it to a zealous customs agent—not to mention face fines and prosecution.
We have to take our country back from these people. It’s not enough just to change Congress around. You really need a whole Congress and a President who’s on board with raining in the abuses of the bureaucracy. One man can’t do it, so don’t expect Ron Paul to be able to fix much as President.