As official lawlessness spreads, respect for the law understandably wanes. Why should we obey when they do not?
This double standard has existed for a long time – as for example in the case of the speed limit enforcers who routinely “speed,” with de facto legalized impunity – and who enforce “buckle up” laws that they themselves are similarly de facto exempted from. Their being no one to enforce these strictures upon the enforcers, themselves.
But it has gotten much worse.
The Supreme Court just “ruled” that teachers (and so, in principle, everyone) must take the Jab else lose their jobs – but the persons issuing these “rulings” are exempted from any “mandate” that they roll up their sleeves as the price of being allowed to continue wearing their robes.
Similar privileges and exemptions applying generally to every government “representative” in Washington, DC. These Executive and Legislative Branch persons being exempt from TSA fondlings and Face Tampon-wearing requirements when they fly private/chartered (and paid-for by taxpayers) airplanes. They are also self-exempted from “mandates” that they buy government-decreed health insurance.
The same government which has held in confinement and without bond for months ongoing dozens of ordinary people involved to one degree or another in the protests about the sketchy presidential selection takes no “action” at all against a man who actually did commit treason – by definition – against the United States, General Mark Milley. He has admitted – he has boasted about – communicating with the government of a hostile foreign power, without authority or authorization – to undermine the lawfully elected president of the United States – after having taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
He remains the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The regime now demands to know, in real time, every time one of us makes a bank transaction of $600 or more – but exempts its own finances from any similar scrutiny or accountability. How much of our money is the regime spending on “black” projects, for instance? We haven’t got the right to know that – but the regime demands to know when we purchase a sofa – with our own money (whatever’s left of it).
It wears on people.
As for example the proliferation, in my area at least, of Farm Use tags – as a way to opt out of paying $50-plus every year for a color-keyed government sticker.
Farm Use vehicles are exempt from this requirement and people are increasingly using this exemption to “get away” with not paying the $50 every year that the government demands, in exchange for the color-keyed sticker.
I’ve personally saved several hundred dollars that would otherwise have gone down the reeking maw of government – whose appetite for other people’s money is never sated – by affixing Farm Use tags to my truck. Instead of being wasted in this manner, the money was used for productive purposes – such as paying for some much-needed computer help.
I see lots of Farm Use tags lately – and each time I see one, I smile – for it is an act of defiance against tyranny.
I ponder taking another, more risk-fraught step. But one that would save me even more of my own money – better put to other purposes. I speak now of the money I am forced to waste on vehicle insurance, something that is not in principle evil but becomes that when it is forced – because it becomes extortionate.
It is one thing – an unobjectionable thing – to freely purchase a product or service for a sum that is worth paying, as far as the person paying is concerned. It is another thing to compel a person to pay in excess of what he is willing to pay for a product or service he would otherwise decline to pay for.
I tire of paying $500-plus each year to “cover” vehicles that have not been wrecked and for claims I have not filed, nor have had filed against me.
Especially now that the government has caused the cost of the gas I need to fuel my vehicles to go up by 70 percent. Meanwhile, the cost of fuel is of no consequence to the government – to the smug control freaks who are the government – who use us to pay for their fuel, whatever it costs – and as much as they like.
I begin to think it would be smarter on my part to use my money to pay for fuel – to offset the cost of government – than to pay again (and more) to rent-seeking corporations (the insurance mafia) that use the threat of government to cow people into paying.
Yes, I know – failure to maintain insurance could cost me my license, i.e., the government’s permission to use the formerly acknowledged public right of way. But if I’m careful, they may not catch me for a long time – and even if they do, what are they going to do? Take my license?
Be my guest! We increasingly have little to lose.
Maybe they will take my car, too. But the fulsome scurvy truth is they have been taking it, piecemeal – for years – via all these mandated fees and “mandates,” such as the one regarding “mandatory” insurance. I could have bought another vehicle – if I still had all the money extracted from me in registration, personal property taxes and insurance over the past ten years.
Maybe it makes more sense to buy a low-value vehicle, drive it for as long as you can – and if it is confiscated, let the thugs have it and go buy/drive a new low-value vehicle. Repeat as often as necessary.
Si, se puede!
This is the strategy of the “refugees” and “immigrants” who flood the country and whom the government does not require to produce ID or file papers, nor punishes in any meaningful way for not obeying all the laws we citizens are expected for respect. Or at least, imposes no real sanction upon them for living the Pirate Life.
Which, it begins to dawn, may the only way to live in this laws for us but not for them society.
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