Monday, August 27, 2012

Take a Stand!

Amazing!  There are some individuals in government who will take a stand from time to time.  It takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand in the face the status quo and choose to say, “I will not enforce unconstitutional law against otherwise law abiding citizens.”  This is what State’sAttorneys (SA) Ron Dozier from McLean County, and Mike Valentine,Edwards, County, Illinois, have chosen to do (Press Release).  
Dozier clearly stated that,
"Every SA is expected to prosecute persons who violate the criminal laws of the State of Illinois within his or her jurisdiction. However, there are literally thousands of criminal laws on the books, ranging in seriousness from extremely minor to extremely serious. Because of both budgetary and time limits, every SA must set priorities on which cases to prosecute and which to not prosecute. The pursuit of a just result and the wise use of taxpayer dollars are major factors in setting those priorities."
He also quoted: 
“The duty of a public prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict.” [Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.8. See also Berger v. U.S., 295 U.S. 78, 55 S.C. 629, U.S. Supreme Court, 1935]
“The SA is not merely a ministerial officer but is vested with a large measure of discretion. In the exercise of that discretion, he has the responsibility of determining what offense should be charged.” [Marcisz v. Marcisz, 65 Ill.2d 206, Illinois Supreme Court, 1976]

The Chicago Machine continues to stick its finger in the face of the Supreme Court and continues to rule Illinois with an Iron Fist against the wishes and rights of most Illinoisans.  The elected State officials have the choice as to whether they are going to enforce these blatantly unconstitutional laws.  Mr. Dozier's comment was, "So far, the City of Chicago and the State have done everything possible to defy, obfuscate and ignore the Court’s substantive rulings."

As I have quoted many times, "... the right of the People to Keep and Bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED."  Need any more be said than that?  It is time to confront present office holders and those running for office and ask them, “what part of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED do you not understand?  Are you going to support these words on their face as intended by the Founders, and as made clear by the highest court in the land?”

Mr. Dozier also implied that cases will always require specific review on a case by case basis, but that otherwise law abiding citizens will not be prosecuted.  Another statement that is particularly poignant, "We are the only State to have a draconian FOID law that makes criminals out of ordinary citizens who have done nothing wrong except exercise their constitutional right to own a gun."

Dozier goes on to make it clear that, "Our message is this: we will no longer use the power and authority of our office to criminalize and punish decent, otherwise law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise the rights granted to them by the Second Amendment of the United States’ Constitution to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and their families." [Emphasis in original]
He encourages other SAs to join with him in returning our state to founding principles.  I personally applaud his effort.  It is time that We the People remove ‘offending’ (nice term) SAs across this state from their offices and replace them with people who realize their oath of office is to first and foremost, to uphold the constitutions of the United States and Illinois and to provide a frame work for justice, not just convictions.

These men and women and can help to bring justice to Illinois by neutering the Chicago Machine as they try to rule from their high rise ivory towers.  One article stated that Chicago, even with its draconian gun laws, now has the dubious distinction of being the “Murder Capital” of the world.  The Huffington Post had a recent article claiming that Chicago homicides outnumber troop killings in Afghanistan.  All these numerous gun laws have done is cause the law abiding citizen to be helpless sheep with the wolves preying on the flock.  The nice thing about it, if you are a ruler you can take training and carry.  The rulers definitely have it figured out!

So my solution is to ask the not so hard questions;
  1. Will you join with other SAs and not prosecute otherwise law abiding citizens for gun laws which defy the constitution, such as FOID and carrying in public?
  2. Will you go on record with your answers?
That shouldn’t take too much courage, after all someone else is already leading the way, all the other SAs have to do is get on board the train and win by sheer numbers.  That does not stop them from evaluating on a case by case basis, but at least it shows you will take a stand and that your heart is in the right place.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Liberty; It’s a Matter of Choice


The world in which we live has become cluttered with some people trying to rule other people. This is done through passing law after law that restricts certain behaviors. It is done in the name of saving the children, or the helpless or in the name of the public safety; in some cases with religious fervor.  The problem is so many of these laws, rules, mandates or regulations prohibit behaviors which are victimless crimes.

If we define breaking the law as a crime then: not wearing a seat belt in a moving motor vehicle is now a crime. Buying too much of a certain cold remedy is now a crime. Carrying a certain weapon for self defense is a crime. Opening an eating establishment without government blessing is now a crime in Pike County, for example a sidewalk lemonade stand. In New York City selling certain drinks in excess of 16ozs is now a crime. Having an excess of lights on a running board of a vehicle is a crime. The list is essentially endless. How ‘bout someone willing to take a job for $6 per hour instead of $8.25, the so called government mandated amount.

Libertarians, on the other hand, attempt to make it clear that fiscal responsibility is imperative and essential to Liberty. “That government governs best which governs least,” being the rally cry. The most fuss from the so called mainstream is that, “those Libertarians are in favor of vice and drugs and all sorts socially unacceptable behaviors.” That really isn’t correct. What the Libertarian would prefer to say is we are in favor of choice. Choice is the difference between a free man and a slave. I personally would prefer that my kids choose not to sample alcohol, or mind altering substances or get entangled in the behaviors which I consider to be bad choices, but remain victimless crimes.

The slave has no choice, he is ruled by his master and must ask permission before he commits any act. In my opinion, while I personally would not condone poor choices for anyone, and especially for my family, I do not feel that once my child has reached an age where he should be able to make ‘right’ choices, that it is my business or “right” to able to pass a law against him or anyone making a poor choice. I consider it a poor choice to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, but my wife has made that choice 7 times. It is not my business to rule my wife or my neighbors via government decree, at least for victimless behaviors.

It cannot be the job of my neighbor to inflict his beliefs on me nor mine on him until, and unless, his bad choices affect me. At the point his poor choice affects me then I might have cause to pursue a remedy in law, but until then I have no call to rule my neighbor. For instance if my neighbor lies in his house in an intoxicated stupor then what is that to me. If he gets in his car and begins to drive it while not in control of his faculties and endanger me and mine, then things change. Till then it is none of my business.

There is no end to passing laws that prohibit behaviors of various types. Some of these behaviors are disgusting to any average person, however part of the price of Liberty is that if we are to be free then we must allow all to be free to make choices. Some of those choices may be repugnant to people who are of common social morals. Anything less leads to really bad crime. There was no “organized” crime until prohibition. Prohibited victimless behaviors lead to crime. Crime leads to injury and lack of safety, which requires more Law Enforcement Officers and more laws prohibiting more behaviors which need more monitoring of bank accounts, phone calls and texts and on and on.

So the Libertarian philosophy is not one that encourages poor social choices, rather it is a philosophy that says government must remain neutral on victimless issues because that is necessary to maintain Liberty. Where there is no choice, there is no Liberty.

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