A report issued by author and attorney Harvey A. Silverglate indicates that the United States now has so many restrictive laws and regulations that Americans commit an average of three felonies a day without knowing it.
The upshot of the book is that the U.S. government has now loaded up the books with so many laws, restrictions, regulations, and mandates, that not only is it impossible for citizens to know them all but it is impossible to live a full day of normal activities without committing at least one or more criminal acts, to the tune of an average of three felonies a day.
This means at least two things, one being that most of these laws are never enforced, and two being that should it decide to enforce them the government could legally place as many citizens as it wanted under arrest and taken to jail pending trial.
Perhaps this is the most ominous and frightening aspect of the growing power of the federal government. We are all felons. And, as we have been told time and again by various government and law enforcement entities, being ignorant of the law is no excuse for breaking it.
Kevin at the blog The Smallest Minority has done a complete and thorough examination of this issue and has come to a dire conclusion. In the eyes of the 21st century U.S. government, we have no rights. And this means our very government itself is well along the path to complete lawlessness.
The consequences of this state of affairs cannot be overstated. If the government is held in the grip of lawlessness, and if all of its citizens are viewed as pawns who not only have no rights but who are felons and criminals, the day is coming, and soon, when the proverbial “stuff” hits the fan in a major way. That is the day of mass incarcerations, bloodshed, and mayhem.
Kevin provides a plethora of examples of what’s coming to our land based upon what is already happening across America. Prosecuting attorneys make arbitrary decisions on who to bring up on charges and who to leave alone. Judges who sit on the bench are as corrupt as the people they throw in jail. Law enforcement officers are becoming as dangerous to average citizens as Mafia hit men.
But the key to understanding the growing lawlessness is the mortal danger posed by the legal system that has loaded up the books with so many laws, that any prosecutor anywhere could conceivably decide to go after any one of us and then conveniently scan the U.S. Code to decide which felony he/she wishes to pin on us.
That, of course, being the whole idea. It’s a feature, not a bug, to those who would assert total control over a once-free people. Kevin’s post mentioned above is well worth a look as well, if entirely depressing–depressing because we all know that, lengthy as it is, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. And these are just the depredations we know about. There are countless others that never see anything remotely resembling the light of day.
Now, of course we all know that all of us are only human, and any human system will have its errors, its incidents of malfeasance and corruption, and its outright fuckups. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY THE FOUNDING FATHERS, IN THEIR GREAT WISDOM, INSISTED ON LIMITING THE POWER OF THE GOVERNMENT OVER ITS CITIZENS, DAMMIT.
As we see more and more with every passing day, the farther we stray from that limited-government ideal, the deeper the hole we’re digging for ourselves gets, and the harder it’s going to be to climb out of. Assuming it can even be done by now, that is.