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The Breakdown Of The Rule Of Law

June 22, 2016

The breakdown of the rule of law leads to a breakdown of a civil society.

We define the rule of law as general rules, known in advance, and pertaining to the rulers as well as the ruled. Unfortunately the rule of law does not deter our politicians and government betters. They make micro managing laws that are so numerous we can’t possibly know them in advance. They act as a ruling aristocracy who are above the laws they make.

When we the masses don’t know the rules of the game, on the one hand, and see our rulers getting away with breaking them, on the other, we start to push back. At first we use our 1st amendment rights to free speech and peaceably to assemble, and petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The problem starts to escalate when this doesn’t produce a desired result. We then start to resist slowly at first. This leads to an escalation on the side of Government which than leads to a reciprocal escalation by us. We are now in an upward spiral of resistance – response – resistance.

Americans don’t like to be told what to do. Each person has a different level of tolerance toward Government coercion. More and more people are reaching their limit and we are witnessing the push back.

Although government has been usurping power for a century, it has really increased under the last three Presidents. President Obama has expanded the power of government more than Bush did and Bush expanded it more than Clinton did. The number of laws on the federal registry has grown so large, a motivated government lawyer can dig deep enough in the federal registry and find a law that you have broken. Where will this lead? I hope it can be resolved peacefully.

SOME EXAMPLES

Oklahoma Cops Find A New Way To Take People’s Money, at huffingtonpost.com. As bad as civil asset forfeiture laws are, this escalates it exponentially. The ability to seize assets by scanning a persons debit and bank cards at the spot of the arrest is against the fourth and fifth amendments of the Constitution.

4thThe right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath of affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

5thNo person shall……. be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law;…..

People will not stand for this.

Ex Missouri Cop Gets 4 Years For Tasering Teen and Dropping Him On His Face, at kansascity.com. Watch this video. This teens heart stopped because the cop held the taser on him for more than 20 seconds. This was far longer than what his training taught him. He than cuffed and dragged the teen to the curb where he dropped him face first on the concrete. The teen was put into an induced coma to relieve brain damage. Read the details in the article and watch the video.

In war some of the rules of engagement tell our military guys they are not allowed to fire until fired upon. This is in a war zone. What are the rules of engagement for police? Shouldn’t it be at least what our military guys have to fight under? Police aren’t in a war zone even though we are constantly told they are. My friend retired early from law enforcement because he couldn’t believe that the new officers were being taught that everyone was a criminal. When he got in law enforcement he was taught that he was there to serve the public.

The cop in this video escalated this situation right from the start. He tried to intimidate this teen and look what happened. I know this sounds like Monday morning quarterbacking but he went all tough guy right away and there is no turning back once he decided to travel down that road. If you start out in a non threatening way, you can always escalate to another level.

At some point either the cops or we have to stop this upward spiral of resist – response – resist.

Watch the video below. The child was treated better by the gorilla than teen was treated by the cop.

 

What The IRS Just Revealed Should Start A Wave Of OUTRAGE, at allenwest.com. The IRS used its power to keep people from exercising their rights to “peaceably assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances“. Everyone is afraid of the IRS, ergo they can intimidate people easily. Even though working for the IRS isn’t a political position, there is an incentive for the IRS to protect big Government from anyone who wants to shrink it. Because if it wasn’t for big Government there would be no need for the IRS. Lois Lerner should be in jail, not enjoying her 6 figure “retirement” on the tax payers dime.

Wake Up America, by Andrew Napolitano, lewrockwell.com. Excerpt from the article. “Now the FBI wants access to everyone’s internet browser history, as long as its agents are looking for spies or terrorists; and again, it proposes that rather than present probable cause to a judge and seek a warrant as the Fourth Amendment requires, one FBI agent can be authorized to issue a search warrant to another.” Our congress is about to give the FBI this power! I’m reminded of a quote by Joseph Sobran; “The Constitution is no threat to our current form of government.”

Ugly Bloody Scenes In San Jose As Protesters Attack Trump Supporters Outside Rally, at washington.com. These are not protests against Trump (which are protected by the 1st amendment). These are rioters who are physically assaulting individuals and damaging private property, which is against the law. The cops stood and watched. Americans normally don’t act like this. This is how third world countries settle disputes.

Is the rule of law breaking down? You be the judge.

 

Related ArticlePolitical Correctness, A Civil Society, And The Rule Of Law, at austrianaddict.com.

Must Reads For The Week 5/21/16

May 21, 2016

POLITICIANS AND BUREAUCRATS KNOW BEST

Higher Minimum Wage Causes Wendy’s To Have Self-Service Ordering Kiosks At Its 6000-Plus Restaurants, by John R. Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. This is not a surprise to us who have read, “That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen,” by Frederic Bastiat, the French economist from the mid 1800s. Quote from Bastiat, “the bad economist pursues a small present good, which will be followed by a great evil to come, while the true economist pursues a great good to come, – at the risk of a small present evil.

Huge Increases In Health Insurance Premiums To Hit Right Before The November Election, by John R. Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. Because of all the government regulations, health insurance really wasn’t insurance before Obamacare. But with all the new Obamacare mandates on health insurance we can say without a doubt that health insurance today isn’t really insurance. It has turned into a pay as you go system like social security. Read this short article written in 1996 titled, “The Insurance Scam” by Michael Levin, to get an understanding that we haven’t had real health insurance in this country for a while. The progressives want Obamacare to be the penultimate step to a government-run single payer system.

Obama’s Overtime Rule Tried At IBM, And It Didn’t Work, by James Sherk, at dailysignal.com. Obama mandates overtime to be paid to salaried employees. What will be the unintended consequences of these new rules? Where does the Executive branch get the power to legislate in this area? Nowhere, according to the constitution. The employer agreed to pay x amount of dollars for y amount of labor, and the employee agreed to supply y amount of labor for x amount of dollars. Why do politicians and bureaucrats always feel the need to interfere with the voluntary exchanges made by individuals in the free market? Because they have power, and we allow them to use it.

Judge Clears Way For San Francisco Soda Pop Warnings, by Nathan Bomey, at usatoday.com. More nanny state regulations. This is our fault. We’ve allowed government to get so big that they can intervene into every aspect of our lives. It is going to take a lot of hard work to roll back big government. When you don’t discipline your dog when he pisses on your carpet, he will keep doing it.

NYC Mayor Wants To Fine Businesses That Don’t Use ‘Transgender Pronouns‘, at tammybruce.com. People either have an xx sex chromosome and are female, or a xy chromosome and are male. If a person “feels” they are a different sex than what their sex chromosomes say they are, that’s their problem to deal with not mine. I guess politicians are going to make it my problem. Remember when we didn’t discipline the dog? This kind of nonsense is our fault.

IRS’s Lois Lerner Speedily Approved Exemption For Obama’s Brother’s Charity, at thedailycaller.com. She approved this while at the same time dragging her feet on allowing the exempt status of conservative and liberty groups.

What’s Behind The Incredible Long Security Lines At Airports, at targetliberty.com. You mean besides the usual lack of incentives to be customer friendly? From the article: “one reason…..Homeland Security wanted to force more travelers to become “known” to the government via PreCheck programs. Another reason was the TSA’s revolt at the government cutting its funding. According to AP, “in the past three years, the TSA and Congress cut the number of front-line screeners by 4,622 — or about 10 percent — on expectations that an expedited screening program called PreCheck would speed up the lines. However, not enough people enrolled for TSA to realize the anticipated efficiencies.” In other words, PreCheck has been in a failure.”

Venezuelan Apocalypse: Some Updates On The Epic Failure Of Socialism In Oil-Rich Venezuela, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. In Venezuela there is day long lines to get food and medicine. We only have to wait 3 hours in line to get through airport security. I know we are not going to end up like Venezuela, but look where you end up when you allow government to intervene in the free market.

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE STATE

Regulations Force Uber, Lyft Out Of Austin, Arcade City Moves In, Hat Tip to LaissezFaireCapitalism. Ride sharing service, Arcade City, is a step ahead of the regulations in Austin. I love the fact that government moves slower than the market. Christopher David CEO of Arcade City, said:  “this is the beginning of a new wave in business and technology that regulators will be unable to effectively stop…Highly connected peer-to-peer ecosystems that harness the wisdom of crowds can self-organize and self-govern better than some arbitrary third-party ever could. We really will ‘decentralize all the things’. The only question is whether the centralists will stand aside of actively resist the change.” Hope springs eternal.

Federal Judge Hammers DOJ Lawyers For Lying About Obama’s Immigration Order, by Phil Shiver, at conservativereview.com. DOJ lawyers lied about the fact that implementation of Obama’s immigration orders was already in progress when the law suit against these orders was going on. In order to get a federal judge to sanction these DOJ lawyers, you know they were beyond breaking the law. For their lies, these lawyers must attend “a legal ethics course”. I don’t think this punishment is enough to keep these dogs from pissing on the carpet. “The law is intended to retrospectively judge behaviour and to prospectively guide it“, Thomas Sowell. This punishment is not harsh enough to make some future lawyer think twice before breaking the law.

Texas To Ignore Iran Nuclear Deal And Maintain Sanctions, at tammybruce.com. States fighting back against the Federal government is a good thing.

Whole Foods Anti-Gay Lawsuit Dropped After Apology, at cnn.com. Fighting back against politically correct groups. A pastor complained about a gay slur on a cake from Whole Foods. The story was a complete fabrication, aka a lie. I wish Whole Foods wouldn’t have dropped the lawsuit against the gay pastor who made up the story. Remember what Thomas Sowell said about prospectively guiding future behaviour. I have a final comment. If you have to make up a story about gays being slandered, you must not be able to find much “homophobia” in America. Try buying a gay wedding cake in a country where the state religion is Islam. Let me know how that turns out for you.

 

“What Are They Trying To Hide?”

July 22, 2014

The Russian separatists are blocking access to the crash site of the Malaysian airliner. The President asked, “What are they trying to hide“. I have to agree that blocking access raises suspicion that evidence is either being  hidden or destroyed. The President also said, “We have to  make sure the truth is out and accountability exists”. Once again I agree; truth and accountability should always be a top priority. Read, What Are Russian Separatists Trying To Hide.

WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE?

SOUTHERN BORDER

Congressmen and journalists are being denied access to the immigration camps that are springing up as a result of the situation on the southern border. Administrative agencies obviously don’t want whatever is going on inside to be seen, “which begs the question“, quoting the President, “What are they trying to hide ….. We have to make sure the truth is out and accountability exists”. Read, Congressman Denied Entry To Immigrant Camp. What Is Government Hiding...

IRS ABUSE OF POWER

IRS computers mysteriously crashed days after e-mails were requested concerning the IRS’s possible targeting of conservative, tea party, and  liberty groups. Here is what IRS Lois Lerner, who plead the 5th when she was questioned by Congress, said in an e-mail, “I was cautioning folks about email and how we have had several occasions where Congress has asked for emails and there has been an electronic search for responsive emails – so we need to be cautious about what we say in emails“. Quoting the President, “What are they trying to hide …. We have to make sure the truth is out and accountability exists“. Read, Rep Jim Jordan Questions IRS Commissioner on Lois Lerner Investigation.

NIXON’S MYSTERIOUS 18 1/2 MINUTE GAP

President Nixon had to turn over tapes of oval office conversations after they were subpoenaed by a special prosecutor. One of the tapes had an 18 1/2 minute gap that Nixon’s secretary Rose Mary Woods said she erased by mistake. Here is an excerpt from, Nixon Shed No Light On Tape Gap To Grand Jury, ” Nixon stuck to secretary Rose Mary Woods‘ story that she erased it by mistake, and professed anger when learning how much was missing. Although he said he could not remember what was said during the gap...” Here is a quote from Nixon, “Rose had thought it was four minutes, or something like that,” he testified. “Now the counsel have found that it is 18 1/2 minutes, and I practically blew my stack……If you are interested in my view as to what happened, it is very simple. It is that it was an accident.” Quoting President Obama, “What are they trying to hide …. We have to make sure the truth is out and accountability exists“.

Truth and accountability are two things that politicians and bureaucrats avoid at all costs. Having the President demand truth and accountability is like having Hugh Hefner demand abstinence and chastity.

 Related ArticleWhat Is Tyranny? The President Should Know The Definition, at austrianaddict.

 

 

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/01/13.

June 1, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

The Bullying Pulpit, by Thomas Sowell, at jewishworldreview.com. Government bureaucrats and politicians try to bully and intimidate citizens who challenge the central planning orthodoxy.

Durbin Not Sure If Bloggers Deserve Constitutional Protection, by Warner Todd Huston, at breaibart.com. Even if  Dick Durbin doesn’t think a blogger is a journalist, I would hope he thinks that a blogger still has a constitutional right to free speech.

Real Health Reform: Doctor Stops Accepting Insurance, Able To Cut Prices By Fifty Percent, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Allowing  the buyer and seller to exchange without a third-party involved in the decision-making, creates the optimum result for everybody, except the third-party planner.

High School Teacher Faces Discipline For Informing Students About Their Rights, by Jacob Sullum, at reason.com. Should the lawyer who advised Lois Lerner to plead the fifth  face disciplinary action?

What The Syrian Civil War Is Really All About,by Peter Nealen, at sofrep.com. The guys at sofrep always give you the unvarnished truth. Excerpt from the article, The war isn’t between Assad and a bunch of democracy-loving rebels. It’s between…those who espouse a strict militant form of Shi’a Islam…and those who desire a strict militant form of Sunni Islam….

Senate Banking Committee Staff Monitoring Bitcoin, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Government and bureaucracies will always try to stop anyone or any idea that threatens their power. The IRS bullying tactics reveals the standard operating  procedure by the anointed. I guess bullying is only cool when they do it.

David Stockman: “The Error Of Central Banking Has Become Universal” , at zerohedge.com. Stockman interviewed by Rick Santelli, here is a quote, “…today the market is entirely rigged…it’s not honest…” Stockman doesn’t pull any punches.

Must Reads For The Week 5/25/13

May 25, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Bitcoin: The Tyranny Test by Paul Rosenberg, at freemansperspective.com. Will our Government protect its monopoly power to counterfeit money?

Rap Song Puts Massachusetts Behind Bars…Facing Terrorism Charges And Twenty Years In Prison, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Arbitrary decision on what constitutes a threat. “Government… is a dangerous servant and a fearful master”-George Washington.

ACLU Sues The FBI On Antiwar.com’s Behalf, by Danial McCarthy, at theamericanconservative.com. Arbitrary decision on what constitutes a national security threat.

Report: DOJ Leaked Documents To Smear Fast And Furious Whistle Blower, Says IG, by Matthew Boyle, at breaibart.com. Arbitrary abuse of power for the purpose of  intimidating future whistle blowers. Are we starting to see a pattern?

Ben Swann Reality Check: Cincinnati  Agent Giving Orders In IRS Scandal, fox 19 news. Arbitrarily using power to target specific groups. “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Obama’s War Against The Free Press Gets Creepier, by J.D. Tuccille, at reason.com. I’m not a big fan of  journalists, but the first amendment protects them, not from us, but from Government.

Lois Lerner Sued Christian Coalition In Largest FEC Action In History. Lois Lerner has a track record of arbitrarily using her power to violate the constitutional rights of specific groups. And then she will wrap herself in her fifth amendment right for her protection.

This is a partial list of stories about Government abuses of power from just this week. Its like this every week.

Most recent posts about arbitrary abuse of power in these articles from May 10th, and May 20th, and May 23rd, and May 13th by austrianaddict.com.

Here is the definition of tyrannyarbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority. despotism, absolutism, dictatorship. Arbitrary means – subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion: an arbitrary decision.

Proof Once Again That Power Corrupts. Will We Have Enough Courage To Believe It This Time.

May 23, 2013
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Per1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  If only the IRS had a leash on it like this pit bull.

APPLE AND LOOPHOLES.

The story about Apple, read here, going in front of a Senate committee about avoiding taxes, and the story about Lois Lerner, head of the IRS’s tax exempt division, invoking the fifth amendment, read here, in the hearings before a House committee, are great examples of irony.

The Senate hearings are a show, for the purpose of making the Senators look morally superior to an evil private company. They are trying to make Apple look bad for using the tax laws that these geniuses in the Senate created in the first place. (more…)