July 27, 2014 by JImbo
I know, I hear the “I’ve done nothing wrong” defense a million times. Then it’s often followed by the “Well if it helps solves one crime why not do it?”
Because it’s WRONG that’s why.
Young black men are more likely statistically to be a criminal than any other demographic group. Do you throw them all in jail just because it would in theory stop lots of crimes? Before you start saying “Well that’s silly!” consider this.
In 1942 we tossed 100,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps just in case they MIGHT sabotage things in the United States. We had no proof any of them were actually working with the Japanese, but after Pearl Harbor the President declared it was too dangerous to “risk it.”
Does your “if it stops one crime” still apply? They hadn’t “done anything wrong” either, but they were tracked down and tossed into camps anyway. If was for everyone’s SAFETY after all.
Where do you draw the line?
For me it’s pretty simple.
What are police? What are judges? What are politicians? What are soldiers?
They’re PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. That is, they work for the government… who works for you. YOU are their boss.
Don’t think so? Who pays them? Taxes from… YOU. If you pay them, you’re their boss are you not?
The alternative logically must be that if you are not voluntarily paying them as employees… then they are taking your money by force. Which is it?
We’ll go on the assumption that you pay your taxes voluntarily. So, you employ them. As such, their powers are limited by your powers.
Well, you can’t hire an employee to do something that you can’t yourself do right? You can’t have an employee of yours do something illegal for money, can you? Of course you can’t. That’s itself illegal.
Your employee (like you) is an American citizen and can only do what other American citizens can do. So, they can do work for you but nothing you couldn’t do if you wanted to.
This should hold true of our PUBLIC officials too. The way government works is that WE the PEOPLE HIRE other people to do things for us. We COULD do them ourselves, but we don’t want to or it’s cheaper to get one person to do them instead of everyone doing it ourselves.
Sometimes this is simple. You COULD drive your kid to school, OR everyone can get together and pay to have the school provide that service. That doesn’t mean the bus drivers get to run red lights or speed. They still have to do all the things you would do legally. They are just working for you to save you the time and hassle of taking your kids to school yourself.
You can home school if you want. Or, you can have the school hire a teacher to do it. It’s your option, and the teacher doesn’t have any more rights than you do. In fact, you have more since YOU hired THEM and they aren’t parents to boot.
Why are any other public servants” any different? The Army is out there to defend us. However, if we really wanted to we COULD always defend ourselves when the Russians or Chinese or Terrorists or whoever try to attack us. Haven’t you ever seen the movie Red Dawn? 😉
Seriously though, it’s all about efficiency. We COULD go back to the Revolutionary War idea of a citizen militia of everyone taking their rifle out and “showing those commies what ‘Mericans can do!”
We could. It just wouldn’t be very efficient. We wouldn’t be very organized at that level and it’d be hard to get people to go fundraising to buy a new tank for the neighborhood, let alone fuel! (Those things get like half a mile per gallon!)
My point is that our government is NOT above us… in theory anyway. They’re our EMPLOYEES so WE get to tell them what to do!
Imagine that the United States is a huge corporation and we are each a tiny, part share owner. As an owner of share, we own a tiny percentage of how it’s run. So, we vote on how things get done around the table (it’s a BIIIIIIG table) and that’s what we do.
It’s no different than a corporation. Except that, in this case the corporation Board of Directors (the people we hired to run the company since we can’t vote on EVERY decision by 315,000,000 people) have decided that they’re going to ignore the shareholders and declare they have “special” privileges.
That’s bullshit. They do NOT have any special rights. They can SAY whatever they want, but we don’t have to play into their bullcrap.
(Great coat someone at the Freedom Rally yesterday was wearing. Very subtle statement.)
They’re not allowed to do anything we can’t delegate to them. We are all following the same Constitution and even the laws we pass since that are only to DEFINE things, not to CREATE new powers.
For example, you have a “Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”
What does that mean? Well, there’s where laws come in to define that. However, they can’t DENY OTHER rights that you have.
Hiring the police just takes the place of you having to haul in criminals yourself. There is always a right to self defense and if someone breaks into your house you CAN defend it and your family.
That right can’t be taken away or replaced. Hiring a bodyguard doesn’t mean you are incapable of defending yourself when it’s his day off. Therefore, hiring police does not mean you can’t defend yourself when they’re not in your neighborhood.
Likewise, the bodyguard can’t violate your rights to “protect you.” That’s dumb. It makes no sense. However, that’s exactly what the police are trying to tell us.
“We need to limit your freedom so we can protect you.”
No, that’s NOT how this whole “I’m the boss” thing works. I’m your boss. You do what I tell you.
Granted, you can’t do everything that millions of people tell you at the same time. You have to make judgements on what to do based on majorities of opinion. However, the one thing you CAN’T do is VIOLATE PERSONAL FREEDOMS.
An employee can’t do that. If you tell them to stop, they need to stop. Otherwise, they’re fired… and themselves taken to court.
I know this is either mind-blowing to think about or easily rejected as “naïve.” It worked for the Founding Fathers. This is exactly what they proposed in their own writings.
Our modern “police” forces are a relatively new phenomenon, and based in large part on the European practices of government-run security services. The Europeans don’t all have the same idea about the rights of the individual. They think the individual works for the State, not the other way around.
To them, it makes sense that since you are a vassal/serf/servant/slave to the State that they get to control you. They tell you what to do and you do it. No questions.
The concept of municipal police works for them. It doesn’t work here so much. We have a fundamental different view of where power comes from.
Why are Sheriffs elected? Never thought about it? Why aren’t they appointed like Police Chiefs?
The Sheriff works for YOU.
The Police Chief works for the Mayor (or Governor, etc)
See the difference? The Sheriff knows he answers to YOU on election day. The Police Chief just has to not piss off his one boss. Indirectly the Mayor works for you, but you get my meaning. It is one more step removed from YOU, the true boss, the taxpayer.
This illustrates how we “used to” do things. We used to elect a Sheriff by popular vote, who only served as long as he did what we wanted. There were few laws, and they applied to everyone. The Sheriff could only do what the PEOPLE could.
You at any time can do a citizens’ arrest. Did you know that? It’s still legal, although few people do it.
Why? Risk mainly. And time. And legal issues.
In short, it’s a hassle to take your whole day patrolling around, arresting people and taking them to a court to see if they’re guilty, collecting evidence, etc. We have other things to do. (Unless you’re Bruce Wayne and then you are a billionaire with lots of free time to freelance as a crime fighter.)
That’s really what Batman is. In essence EVERYONE was Batman in earlier times. The Wild West wasn’t actually all that Wild, unless you were unused to freedom. Then it SEEMED pretty Wild. However, studies have shown that crime was actually remarkably LOW back then.
In his book, Frontier Violence: Another Look, author W. Eugene Hollon, provides us with these astonishing facts:
- In Abilene, Ellsworth, Wichita, Dodge City, and
Caldwell, for the years from 1870 to 1885, there were only 45 total homicides. This equates to a rate of approximately 1 murder per 100,000 residents per year.
Abilene, supposedly one of the wildest of the cow towns, not a single person was killed in 1869 or 1870.
Zooming forward over a century to 2007, a quick look at Uniform Crime Report statistics shows us the following regarding the aforementioned gun control “paradise” cities of the east:
- DC – 183 Murders (31 per 100,000 residents)
- New York – 494 Murders (6 per 100,000 residents)
- Baltimore – 281 Murders (45 per 100,000 residents)
- Newark – 104 Murders (37 per 100,000 residents)
Why? Because EVERYONE was a potential crime fighter. With few if any police, the citizens were the eyes, ears and arms of the community.
What are Neighborhood Watch associations? Same thing. Just less guns today.
Anyway, back to the main point of this rambling feat of logic. Civil servants are your employees. The cops work for you, even the ones who pretend they don’t (Police vs Sheriffs)
So, everything they do has to be legal for YOU to do, otherwise it’s ILLEGAL. If the law says you can’t have an AR-15, but the police can… that’s not a legitimate law. If the law says they can collect your information but you can’t collect theirs, that’s illegal too.
As for the license plate readers, well yeah they can read ‘em I suppose. There is no expectation of privacy on the highway. HOWEVER, this goes both ways.
If I am on the highway, so are YOU. Therefore, I’m allowed to know exactly where every police officers is at all times too. After all, it’s “public knowledge” right?
I also know most cops have GPS units in their cars. We should have full access to that as well. After all, fair is fair. WE are paying for those tracking units, the cars and the cops in the cars. It’s only fair.
On a related note, what is with this tracking of cell phones and “warrantless wire taps” or “open ended warrants” and “no knock raids?” Hey, anything THEY can do, WE can do for the same reasons.
If I am only allowed ONE question in a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request and it takes months to get it back… then so are they. Oh… but you want UNLIMITED access to all the personal data on “suspects?” (Note: “Suspects”… not proven criminals therefore with full rights)
Well, I want UNRESTRICTED access to everything on YOU TOO. Fair is fair right? And honestly it should be MORE information since they are our EMPLOYEES and the boss gets more privileges than the employee does.
So, the argument goes like this:
Police: “We need to track everyone in case someone turns out to be a criminal.”
You: “I need to track all of you in case one of you turns out to be a criminal.”
Police: “I can talk on my cell phone while driving, make illegal u turns and speed because I take a special course for it.”
You: “Ok, sign me up for that course. Think of all the money you’d make for the county!”
Police: “Well we don’t know when or where a crime might happen so we need to know where you are for your own safety.”
You: “Well I don’t know when or where a crime might happen so I need to know where YOU are for MY safety.”
See how this works?
Don’t be a douchebag. Just be honest. Be respectful.
They are hard workers who put their lives on the line. However, they are still CITIZENS like you. They are not special in the eyes of the law… the legitimate law.
Stand up for your civil rights.