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February 9, 2013

As a libertarian, the erosion of rights in America today alarms me.  There are statists on the right and on the left and government worship is a game all can play.  The left wants cradle-to-grave security for everyone via income redistribution; the right wants prisons which resemble dungeons from the middle ages, to force women to carry every pregnancy to term whether they want to or not, to keep gay Americans from having anything resembling equal rights.  Both sides seem to have bought into the War on Terror and the War on Drugs; both seem to support endless imperialism and support of corporate business domestically and overseas. 

Most of us can agree upon basic moral concepts:  that it is wrong to harm others, to steal, to abuse animals, children, or the elderly; that having sexual relations with those who cannot or will not consent is wrong, and taking advantage of those who are vulnerable is wrong.  Whatever infringes upon the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is wrong.

Our traditional values compel us to lift up the downtrodden, to provide aid to the distressed.  It is unthinkable to allow suffering which can be relieved.  Sometimes the government helps in these endeavors, and is beneficial.  Churches and nonprofit charitable organizations can be valuable contributors in these efforts to improve the quality of life for humans, animals, nations, and the environment.  But sometimes the only things government and these organizations do is feather their own nests and provide jobs for workers who produce nothing of value.

A glaring example of misguided legislation was Project Exile endorsed many years ago by the NRA.  While supposedly supporting the rights of gunowners, the NRA proposed legislation which mandated harsher sentences for anyone using a firearm in the commission of a crime.  They did this to appease their government masters.  It is inconceivable that the second amendment could be supported by such laws which further infringe on our rights.  Did the NRA not understand that this law could be unjustly turned around and used against any gunowners who may have been branded “criminals?”  Until recently, when the “castle doctrine” was passed in Arizona, homeowners had a duty to retreat when criminals broke into their home.  Justice is very seldom perfect, and innocent people go to jail and prison, especially if they do not have enough money to hire a good private attorney.

Too much emphasis is now being placed by conservatives on “law-abiding” gunowners, since the hoplophobic Obamination has seen fit to equate the possession of weapons with crime.  The sad truth is, with the exception of any major violations of normal moral conduct, most people are law-abiding because they are fearful of going to jail, or simply suffering financial devastation. 

The worship of the law is now reaching a stomach-churning, projectile-vomiting crescendo. Laws are made by men, and are therefore extremely fallible.  Do not worship false gods!  If you must worship anything, worship that which could only be created by the gods; do not worship that which is created by man.  The twin deities of the state and the law are false gods.

Those laws that follow common moral precepts are good; those that do not are useless and often destructive to the very societies they pretend to protect.  Laws can change, and do so rather suddenly.  For example, until 2011 you had to have a CCW License in Arizona to carry a concealed firearm; then the state legislature passed a law which was more in keeping with the second amendment, making it legal to carry concealed without government permission.  The licensing law contravened the second amendment and it was wrong.  In the veritable blink of an eye, the need for government permission evaporated.  Up until 2012, criminals could sue their victims if they were injured while committing a crime.  When Proposition 114 was passed, it became a part of the Arizona Constitution, and thus prohibited this injustice.  That is an example of the justice that can be promoted by good government and the will of the people.  In California, burglars are probably still suing homeowners because they were clumsy and fell through their skylights while stealing from their victims.

Some states still have “blue laws” which were created in an era of Victorian prudishness, and I doubt anyone today will support the supposed benefits of those laws.

Government and laws go together like diapers and poop; you can’t have one without the other.  America’s founders detested runaway government with overbearing laws, taxes, and officials to enforce them.  Remember this line from the Declaration of Independence?  “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.”  

Ayn Rand, in her prescient novel, Atlas Shrugged, put it in another way:  “There is no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals.  Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them.  One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible to live without breaking laws."   Americans today are at the point where a person cannot spend one day without committing some kind of crime, no matter how absurd or trifling.  Traffic laws are used as cash cows to increase government revenue, not to protect public safety.  We are all criminals!

Instead, we have now gotten the cart before the horse, and the ass is in the driver’s seat.  The government tells the people what to do.  The recent prohibition in the New England states against driving the snowy roads is nothing less than a rehearsal for martial law.  The Declaration of Independence is very clear about how things should work:   “To secure these rights [life, liberty, pursuit of happiness], Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  What we have today is nonconsensual sodomy of the people by the government, otherwise known by some ex-military as BOHICA (bend over, here it comes again).

The founders agreed that when governments no longer support the rights of The People they must be changed.  Again, from the Declaration of Independence:  “whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government.”  Remember that the next time you hear the revolting phrase “law-abiding.” 

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force.  Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. “ ---George Washington

Don’t worship the twin false gods of the st
ate and the law;  it’s unamerican.  Instead, support the rights of The People and our liberty.