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Tyranny of the Useful Idiots

I've been long waging a battle.

I've been trying to show how the way to defend the Constitution and enforce it, is to treat all infringements, alleged infringements, and attempted infringements as NON STARTERS.

The battle I am waging is about instilling the mindset that we should have ZERO TOLERANCE for unlawful (aka unconstitutional) actions by government.

An unconstitutional law, was never a law, and no one is bound to obey it. It never existed.

If more people understood that they DO NOT have to obey an unconstitutional law, then they would be less likely to comply, thus entrenching the idea that the law is acceptable.

The more people challenge unlawful acts, the less likely such acts will be passed or committed.

The fewer unlawful acts that are passed or committed, the more the people responsible for them will change their mindset to have a zero tolerance as well and the more the People will understand as they learn what is and is not allowed under the Constitution, to be stronger in doing so in the future.

Imagine the following example:

A sitting governor calls a press conference. He announces that after careful examination, his administration has deduced that many federal laws are unconstitutional on their face, and thus have no legal force and effect. Additionally, he announces that they have also deduced that for many laws which seemingly "appear" constitutional, they are enforced in a manner that is contrary to how they are written, and as a result are effectively unconstitutional enforcements.

And that from henceforth, no unlawful (unconstitutional) law shall be allowed to be enforced within the State, nor any enforcement of an otherwise legitimate law that is contrary to the letter of the law, or by way of enforcement, makes the law effectively unconstitutional.

And that any agent, of any level of government, found to be enforcing an unconstitutional law, in violation of the rights, property, or person of the citizen, or conducting enforcement under color of law, shall be subject to arrest and be charged with violations of inalienable rights, usurpation, acting under color of law, and in more egregious cases, incitement to insurrection or rebellion, and perhaps treason.

Now imagine another scenario:

A candidate for office, or an already elected official is asked about program "x" or bill "y" or policy "z" which is unconstitutional. Their response is, "it's a non-starter. X, Y, or Z is unconstitutional. Congress has zero authority or power in this matter in this fashion. There is no point in wasting time even discussing it. It cannot be done. Such action, policy, or bill is wholly unlawful and is a threat to the life, liberty, and/or property of the citizen. The sole purpose of government is to secure rights, not trample upon them. We could pass this bill, keep this policy or program, but it would be pointless. It would have no force of effect, and not a soul is bound to obey it, and any agent of the government that tried to enforce it would be risking personal prosecution and be out of a job."

We have lots of politicians with gall. We need some with the confidence to stand up to wrong and simply not tolerate it as a matter of fact, a forgone conclusion, a non-starter.

This needs to happen on all levels, as much as possible. And it will start when the first person does it. It will spread like wildfire.

Enter the useful idiot scenario:

Congress doesn't have a certain power.

So they pass a law that "appears" to apply to everyone, but doesn't. (because it can't) Instead, it really only applies where they actually do have jurisdiction, but they word it so that people think it applies to everyone.

Everyone is pissed off, but still complies because they are fools and didn't bother to check the actual scope of the law.

A few people do check out the law and rightfully refuse to comply, (because they don't have to) but no one will believe them, because "everybody knows" you must comply.

Congress, without having a power, just duped Americans into complying anyway. And then those Americans get pissed off and have the nerve to be mad at Congress passing "unconstitutional" laws.

Those pissed off people were clamoring during debate on the law about how Congress was "Seizing power" or "Trampling our Rights" with this bill. Of course, the bill does not do this, but people believe it does because Congress used confusing or deceptive language, or simply because people didn't bother to actually READ the law in question.

In reality, is was the laziness and stupidity of Americans who refuse to READ, and LEARN, and who BLINDLY follow like sheep to the slaughter, who allowed Congress to take a power they don't have.

Congress may not have even attempted to take the power in the first place. They might have correctly constructed a bill to be very narrow and limited so as NOT to run afoul of the Constitution, but the Chicken Littles would have none of it. They "just knew" that this bill was evil, and they INSISTED Congress not only was trying to, but COULD take away your rights and trample your liberties.

After years or decades it becomes impossible to avoid this law, that doesn't even apply to you. Anyone you try to tell the real scope of the law to, thinks you are a looney bird.

And the country goes down the toilet of tyranny, and we give up yet more essential liberty, all because people wanted to sensationalize rather than do a little homework.

Complying with an unconstitutional act is more egregious than the passing of the act in the first place. Even worse, is claiming Congress is doing something it hasn't the power to do, for then, people will believe you, and comply when they are not required to, until many years later, though no one being prohibited, many are imprisoned for doing that which "everyone knows" is against this non-existant law.

The people who comply with an unconstitutional law, or even worse, comply with a law that doesn't apply to them because some well-meaning "Patriot" convinced them they now had to, are along with those well-meaning patriots, the "useful idiots" who deliver the rest of us into tyranny.

THIS is how it happens folks.

Ignorance.

Inspired by this essay: http://neithercorp.us/npress/?p=898



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Educating ourselves and each other about the Constitution ...

is essential to regaining our liberty. Here are a few quotes from those who knew:

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816

"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, (A)nd if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." Thomas Jefferson

"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
- James Madison

"Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master." -Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." - Thos, Paine

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." - Thomas Paine

James Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, 1877: "Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature.... If the next centennial does not find us a great nation ... it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces." -

Theodore Roosevelt: "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country." -

"Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world." - Daniel Webster
http://www.cancertutor.com/Quotes/Quotes_Presidents.html

'Nuff said!

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Only the People can enforce the Constitution.

As we have seen over the past 150 years, when the People do not demand it be followed, politicians will be pulled by other forces until gradually over time, only it's shell remains.

Undo what Wilson did

Excellent! I also like, after

Excellent! I also like, after that question, or if they can not decide, just ask if it makes government bigger (by even ONE person's pay) or smaller? If bigger, just vote no.

Agreed!

"That government which governs best, is the government which governs least."

Giordano Bruno agrees with you sam. You compliment each other.

"Americans are masters of avoiding responsibility for bad assumptions."
~ Giordano Bruno

The Fuzzy Logic Of Useful Idiots
by Giordano Bruno

excerpts~ read in full
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/148460

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Thanks, that's what inspired this post.

He was spot on!

The Power of No

Hey samadamscw! Wow, Great post!! That's the spirit! I'm glad the Fuzzy Logic of Useful Idiots article has you inspired! I'm on a DP vacation but had to take a peek today...and logged in just to reply and add few quotes/thoughts to consider..

"Great and honorable deeds are not achieved by collectives. They are achieved by individuals. Individuals standing in the face of evil cannot wait around for the rest of society (a movement or group) to back them up. ."
-Giordano Bruno~ High Noon In America
http://neithercorp.us/npress/?p=832

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What we need, desperately, is more and more of the power of No!

"It is only the slavish obedience to authority, the reluctance and refusal to break the damned rules and "cause trouble," that makes the elites and their hold on power possible. Take away that obedience, take away the refusal to deny the legitimacy of the ruling elites and their demands that all the rest of us support them in their rule, and they have nothing. The elites know that; most Americans don't ...

The ruling class is corrupt, immoral, deadly, and entirely illegitimate. Their greatest fear is that you will realize it.

"The power of "No" is far, far greater than most people ever permit themselves to understand."~Arthur Silber

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"We live in an age where murderous pig-stickers and corporate Coprophagoi demand that we tip our caps to them, sing songs of their goodness and glory, and praise the hideous system they have made. For generations now, we have taught our children that this is the way the world should be, this is the only form of reality -- this crabbed, cruel, diminished, hollowed-out travesty."

The power of "No" that Silber speaks of is the most positive, productive response you can make to such insanity. Saying no to cooperation with evil, in whatever form it takes, on whatever scale -- including the scale of our own chaotic, wandering, mysterious psyches. What we need, desperately, is more and more of the power of No -- and the determination to live in -- and live for -- those moments of connection and awareness that the free flow of being can provide."~Chris Floyd
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The Law Is An Ass... With Rockets!
"The law is not some Platonic Form plucked from the skies by the Pure in Heart. Laws are written by men, men who have particular interests, particular constituencies, particular donors, and particular friends. ... Laws are the particular means by which the state implements and executes its vast powers. When an increasingly authoritarian state passes a certain critical point in its development, the law is no longer the protector of individual rights and individual liberty. The law becomes the weapon of the state itself -- to protect, not you, but the state from threats to its own powers. We passed that critical point some decades ago. The law is the means by which the state corrals its subjects, keeps them under control, and forbids them from acting in ways that the overlords might perceive as threatening. In brief, today, in these glorious United States, the law is not your friend."

"The law is not the only method by which the state controls us, and strips our national discussion of all meaning. There is another, less formal but no less constricting means, which is commonly identified by the phrase, "the rules." We must all follow "the rules." You cannot ever break "the rules." Be very, very clear on this point: the only way you can speak the truth on any subject of importance in this country today is BY BREAKING THE RULES." ~Chris Floyd
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/146817

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And just for fun with it:
A Bug's Life - "Then they ALL might stand up to us"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmUD9Jhfh_U&feature=related

** Don't wait for the collective..it has to be each individuals responsibility to say NO! Read this from Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free- Then It Was Too Late

The Germans, 1933-45 "Each act, each occasion, is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow.

"But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty. If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked—"

full passage:
The Germans, 1933-45 Milton Mayer
But Then It Was Too Late
http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html

~Peace~

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Wow! Thanks LibertyBelle! Those are some awesome

and powerful quotes.

You just introduced me to a whole slew of people I need to read more of, especially Bruno.

Intuitively intrinsic with depth of poetry.

Inspired writing, genius simplicity!

"THIS is how it happens folks",
To Be Or Not To Be Ignorant.
As we rise every morning
breath deep indeed,
as the farmer anticipates
the sowing of the seed.
Take a walk and be alive
along waters of consciousness creek.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Thanks!

That's great stuff there!

Bump

Good stuff.

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