Tyranny of the Useful IdiotsSubmitted by samadamscw on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 16:47
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.
Inspired by this essay: http://neithercorp.us/npress/?p=898