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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Everyone is a Criminal

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.
- Unknown




The Goal: Turn everyone into a criminal…


If you laid all our our laws end to end, there would be no end…no other nation in history has created as many laws as the USA.  Nor has any other nation accumulated so much debt in such a short time span.


I’ve written about this many times over the past decade.  Our government is out of control and no one seems willing or able to reign it in.  When I was born we were a solvent nation and government pretty much minded its own business.  Now, our leaders have bankrupted the national treasury and interfere with every damned nook and cranny of our lives…it is despicable.


Justice William Douglas once lamented “The Constitution is not neutral.  It was designed to take the government off the backs of the people!”


Despite efforts of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison who wanted to keep government severely limited and leave folks blessedly alone for ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ we are no directed by Washington on every element of living.  Only special interests, willing to pay the piper its price, seem to hold any sway while the will of the people is damned.


The enumeration of powers granted to the government gives them the authority to run the government, NOT our personal lives.


It’s apparent to many that we are no longer a free society. We now have taxes on everything but, like the quality of our leadership, our infrastructure is crumbling.


In 1970 we had 100 million laws on the books.  Today, no one knows or can keep track of the amount of laws that are in place at all levels of government.  Most of us know we already have too much government interference in our lives and its cost to citizens is beyond vile.  Instead of laws issued by legislators, we’re now run by unelected federal agencies and bureaucrats who seem bent on destroying our nation.


The more people who are unwittingly trapped by our all-encompassing, all choking legal system become just another revenue source for the system and more fodder for the growth of more regulations from UNELECTED bureaucrats who have little oversight by legislators.


The shocking growth of entangling laws and regulation is tripping up honest Americans. Several thousand federal criminal statues exist nowadays. For historical comparison, back in 1790 only six existed: treason, counterfeiting, piracy, murder, maiming and robbery in federal jurisdictions.

Today scholars from universities, to the Justice Department, to the American Bar Association don't even know how many laws exist! It's believed to be far greater than 4,500. It's too numerous to count and these statutes are peppered throughout 27,000 pages of the federal code.


Adding to this problem, many new federal laws have lower standards for conviction than in the past: Prosecutors do not always need to show criminal intent (mens rea.) And, federal regulations (also numbering in the thousands) often carry the force of federal criminal law as penalty.


Most people believe that knowing their rights and respecting the rights of others is pretty much good enough to stay clear of legal trouble. The problem today is the growing number of federal criminal laws and regulations. They ensnare many law-abiding citizens who have no criminal intent, yet threaten them with arrest, prosecution, and prison time.

Retired race-car champion Bobby Unser told a congressional hearing how he got lost in a blizzard on his snowmobile and got a $75 fine, plus a criminal record! The crime? He drove onto protected federal land, an automatic violation of the Wilderness Act. An honest mistake that left him with a misdemeanor conviction.

"There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime," said retired Louisiana State University law professor John Baker in a Wall Street Journal report. "That is not an exaggeration."

"Most people think criminal law is for bad people," says Timothy Lynch of the Cato Institute. "They're one misstep away from the nightmare of a federal indictment."

Many pundits, like the Blaze's Buck Sexton, feel this gives federal agencies too much power. To justify their budgets, they need something to show, which encourages abuse... hammers in search of nails.

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[or - is the future useless]?

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


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1 comment:

DAR said...

Sadly, the REAL criminals reside inside the district of corruption like vampires feeding at the public blood bank!