Law abiding citizen, endangered species

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

I find it interesting that I cannot find a definitive number of the amount of laws put into effect in 2012. I’ve seen numbers as high as 40,000, and as low as 47. As with anything regarding any form of government, the truth can be found somewhere in the fog between. The powers that be, at all levels, local, state and federal, pass laws faster than we can keep up with them. When the legislative branch doesn’t move fast enough, or enact laws that meet certain agendas, the executive branch has taken to utilizing “executive powers”, either directly or via some presidential appointee. All this tells me is that at any given time, each one of us has a very good statistical chance of breaking a rule, regulation or law. Effectively erasing the notion of “law abiding citizen”.

Why are so many laws, especially ones that directly affect individual freedom or private property, aimed at law abiding citizens? The government continually passes laws based on the premise that we are too stupid, too lazy or too irresponsible to manage our own lives.

They take money from us every pay period, because we might not have the fiscal responsibility to pay our income tax at the end of the year. They get to draw the interest from it, we don’t. Not to mention the amount of cash that can stay in the economy on a continual basis. They take more money away from us, every pay period, so that they can “invest” it and ensure that we have a “decent” income after retiring, at an age determined by them. Remember interest and the economy? Social Security is the largest Ponzi scheme ever perpetrated. Per my last Social Security statement, my projected income will be lower than the poverty level of 2012. I don’t turn 68 until 2034. How far below the line will it be then? It really doesn’t matter, because it won’t exist anymore.

The current, and one of the most important battles in recent memory, concerns gun control. What this really boils down to is populace control. Government officials are outlawing property that was perfectly legal to own yesterday. They would like to require a national registry of private property. They would like for your PRIVATE physician to survey you about gun ownership, and report it to them. They would like to ban firearms that keep the citizenry on equal footing with them. Basically, turning citizens into unarmed subjects. Not to mention creating a population of unarmed victims ripe for the picking from criminals that don’t care about, and in many cases can’t read, gun laws. Chicago has had some of the strictest gun laws in the country for years. Look at the murder rate in that town. Unreal. What part of “…shall not be infringed” is unclear?

Private property rights can be swept aside with the stroke of a pen. Between imminent domain statutes and unregulated homeowner’s associations, the “American Dream”, as so many define as property ownership, can be taken from you without due process or fair compensation. All for the “good of the community”. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to live in a community that tells me what I can and cannot have on my property, or that feels compels to take my home to widen a street, or build a mall.

Even though not mentioned in the Constitution as one of the duties of the government, the feds have seen fit to make our health and well-being their business. The objective was to make affordable healthcare affordable for everyone. But for folks that can’t afford insurance, the law allows the government to fine (tax) them more of what they don’t have. They will fine employers for not providing insurance. Is that really their (the employer) responsibility? How many folks have been laid off, since this was passed, because the company they work for simply cannot afford to pay for heath insurance?

These are some of the most pressing issues facing our country, at this time. Yet, none of them are concerning criminals. They don’t prevent any crimes. They don’t save any lives. They don’t make this a safer place to live.

There is a rising wave of individuals and companies exercising their freedoms. It’s growing every day. Companies are refusing to provide their goods and services to government entities that enact laws that provide more power to them, than the citizens of our great land. Grassroots movements are popping up everywhere to oust certain elected officials, advance positive agendas and ideas, effect change at whatever level they can. People are standing up for what is right, regardless of the cost. This is the American Dream.

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