Why “Breaking” the Law is Sometimes the Right Thing
You read the title right. Breaking the law is sometimes the right thing. When we pursue our passion for writing, it’s a must to write about issues the masses are too afraid to speak of outside the private scope of their homes.
Yet, tyranny begins in public and ends in the home.
Just ask anyone in North Korea, but let’s keep our fingers crossed the issues over there are changing soon.
It’s amazing how often those on both the right and left are pro-incarceration.
Why are they pro-incarceration for even the most victimless crimes?
America incarcerates more individuals than any nation on Earth, and its because of something called the prison-industrial complex. Like the military-industrial complex where America creates enemies abroad to fuel their own interests, often flip-flopping on who the real enemy is (al-Qaeda is now an ally of America’s in Syria), the prison-industrial complex needs strict rules and regulations to continue making money.
Who makes money?
Large contracting companies for building and maintaining prisons, often gaining government subsidies and money from government in the process, the state, because the more we incarcerate, the more tax dollars must be pumped into the unconstitutional system, and at the local level, law enforcement. Again, the locality, state, and feds receive the dough.
Americans Have a Right to Resist
Here’s something they cover briefly in school, but never into much detail: Americans have a right to resist.
You can plead the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. The Fourth Amendment to the Bill of Rights states the government must have written warrants to search and seize. The Fifth states unless an individual is causing public danger beyond a shadow of a doubt, they have zero obligation to confess or answer any crime-related questions.
For instance, take DUI checkpoints. While I commend the state for at least telling people where and when they’ll take place, though if you follow or are friends with cops, they’re hardcore against this (state quotas, people!), you have a right to surpass a checkpoint.
1) Law enforcement has absolutely no written warrant to search your vehicle, and if they do, they’re in violation of the law.
2) Regarding the Fifth, it cannot be proven you’re driving under the influence, therefore you cannot be detained or even questioned for violating the law.
The Big ‘Why?’
Why do people follow and accept unjust laws?
There are many reasons to this, but the primary reason, from my prodding and questioning, stems from people feeling a sense of three things:
1) Powerlessness, or the belief they cannot change a law or “the way it is.”
2) Mental Inferiority, or the belief those elected into government are brighter, wiser, and more enlightened than ourselves.
3) An overwhelming sense of security. We’ve been cognitively conditioned into believing government exists to take care of us. However, as history points out, government has failed time and again to take care of its own people unless its existence focuses on freedom, meaning it doesn’t infringe upon individual rights.
When A Cop Orders You to Stop, You Stop?
This is the mentality of what I call Conservative America, or the Republican Party. I tend to pick on the Republicans more than I do the Democrats because Republicans run on a small government platform, which as we’ve seen during recent events in the Trump Administration and a GOP-controlled Congress, is anything but small government.
Moreover, I can’t help but notice NASCAR fans tend to possess a conservative background, and many tend to hold true to the ‘back the blue’ mentality. Yet, many fail to realize something: NASCAR’s roots lay in moonshiners modifying their vehicles to outrun police during the prohibition era.
The heroes who are credited with NASCAR’s infancy are ex-cons who were exercising their right to resist, as the government has zero right to infringe upon the individual rights of another, as prohibition has done.
Again, no victim, no crime.
But the government and the police were committing the crimes.
They took part in victimizing people who owned, ran, and worked in the alcohol business, and the same can be seen today with marijuana, though this is now changing much to the dismay of Conservative America.
Again, hypocrisy exists on both sides of the equation, but conservatives are quick to point out liberal hypocrisy while attempting to hide their own.
In a conservative sport like stock car racing whose roots lay in “criminal” enterprise and the “black” market who exercised constitutional rights, it’s always good to have a history lesson or refresher.
The above is one of many examples where victimless crimes have an aggressor, the government, and they have victims, the people. It’s not the other way around as the government would like to lead one to believe.
Instead, free market enterprises are victimized by all three branches of government. Such victimization occurs when barriers to entry within a certain market are raised or during the era of prohibition, prohibited. The same can be seen today in the marijuana industry, and several other legal industries, where government price fixes and subsidizes certain companies in favor of others.
At the end of the day, needless regulations hurt small businesses while fueling corporations. Criminalizing certain enterprises kills jobs and free market practices, while raising the prison and military-industrial complex increases a tax burden on the middle class, where government actively participates in choosing the winners and losers in today’s society.