I was sent a short treatise on government written in 1959 by Robert LeFevre which shows that America's Liberty has been suffering an ongoing destruction for a long period of time. We tend to focus on specific, recent examples of our loss of freedom such as TSA searches, the militarization of the police, the current status of the Department of Justice and Supreme Court decisions. But all of these examples (and more) share the following basic tenet of a dictatorial government as shown in this excerpt:
Today governments concern themselves in general not with criminals, but with law-abiding citizens. Every citizen is a victim of the aggressive tactics of government. Government begins by seizing the arbitrary and total power of deciding how much money it wants. Then it collects the money without a care or concern for the plight of the individual who must pay or be punished like a criminal.
Next, the government establishes hundreds and thousands of regulations which prescribe particular practices and proscribe others. Almost every action of every citizen has its legal "do" and "don't."
Try to think of something that people do. With the possible exception of breathing, laws bristle from the activity like quills from a porcupine. And the result of all these laws is to make any individual who does not conform in every respect, a lawbreaker.
Thus, the average person today, buttressed in by government, surrounded and overshadowed by government, finds himself a lawbreaker several times during an average day. And this fact turns him from being a law-abiding citizen into a lawbreaking citizen and equates him with any criminal who, in fact, breaks a law with aggressive intent.
The basic tenet of a dictatorial government is simple: it treats its citizens as criminals in order to control them. This means our "rights" and Liberty are mere whims that we think we possess. People that know me, think that I am headstrong. What they mistake for being headstrong is actually passion. Passion for Liberty and my natural rights under God. I refuse to fly because I refuse to surrender my security under the pretext of being a criminal in the eyes of our government.
With this treatise fresh in my mind, I had the unfortunate "pleasure" of having to enter the Cherokee County Courthouse in Murphy, North Carolina for business. Under new guidelines, ALL citizens must now submit to a search and walk through a metal screener to enter. My pocket knife was forbidden and I had to return it to my vehicle in order to enter. The female deputy in charge of this screening was oblivious to the fact that she is subjecting the very people that the police are in place to protect to a process which makes "we the people" the criminal. No trial. No rights. No redress. NO LIBERTY.
So if we allow "our" government to make us into criminals with no rights to protect ourselves, no redress and no honor, what do we have left?
A federal court case has been launched after a SWAT team in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area busted into the wrong house, shot the family’s dog, handcuffed the children and forced them to “sit next to the carcass of their dead and bloody pet for more than an hour.”
The case has been outlined by Courthouse News, and Mike Riggs at a Reason.com blog wrote, “Shawn Scovill of the taskforce may have raided the wrong house, but he didn’t want to let the opportunity to rifle through someone’s things go to waste. So he and his team ransacked the Franco house for over an hour, and managed to find a .22 caliber pistol in the ‘basement bedroom of Gilbert Castillo,’ which the suit says they attributed to the head of the Franco household, Robert Franco.”
Do the police in the above picture remind you of a "peace" officer? So what can we do when the militarized police come for us? Our best defense is to plead for mercy. In Spanish. Because that is all we have left in a country without the rule of law if we submit.