Being a Victim of Committing Victimless Crimes – CASE 1: License Plate Registration

The Latin base of the word “registration”, is ‘regis’ – this means “King”.

 

Once again, I found myself in line at the courthouse to register my license plates with the State of Colorado. It is fun to pay the State for the “privilege” of being “legal” to drive my car (my property that I pay for), since it is my Constitutional right to transport myself wherever I like with whatever mode of transportation that I so choose. I like to pay for things and ask permission from the State for the right to do things so granted to me by my Creator.

 

Sarcasm aside, I really don’t like paying the State for things that do nothing to benefit me or my community. I should be able to drive where I want, how I want, when I want, because I have that right to take myself there. I am not talking about having insurance, or having a driver’s license (which are both great additional issues to discuss), I am just talking about registering my license plates.

 

If I didn’t register my license plates with the State, I would be subject to getting tickets from “law enforcement” agencies, enforcing these laws that do nothing to protect people’s property, but rather generate revenue. When I have expired tags, I am considered a criminal, and must pay a fee to the State. I am a criminal, but there is no victim. But that doesn’t matter to the State – it does not matter that I did not harm anyone or their property, what matters is that my inadequacy at paying licensing fees will still generate revenue for the State through tickets and fees. Bow down and pay, or be punished. Yippee!

 

How many tickets are written by law enforcement agencies that have nothing to do with “keeping the peace” or “protecting the people”? How many times have you received a ticket and have paid that ticket to the government so that you can maintain your privilege (which is actually your right) to drive around town, around the country? If you did not pay that ticket, if you did not license your vehicle, if you did not register your vehicle, you would be considered a criminal. Are you?

 

We are victims of committing victimless crimes. We are afraid of fees, of losing our “privilege” to drive, of being thrown in jail – and so we blindly accept that we must pay government to keep up “legal”, to keep us “safe”, and to maintain the operations of government (oh, the efficiencies) that “help” us. But, we are not criminals. We are not criminals for not having the means to pay licensing fees, to pay registration fees, to pay tickets and to pay government for the ability to do things. We are not criminals for being poor, or for being unable to pay to State for permission to do things.

 

We are not criminals, and we can embrace the power we have as individuals to bring common sense back to government, and back to a place where we are no longer victims of committing victimless crimes. It starts with you, recognizing that power you have. Now do it!

– Tisha T. Casida: Hey! You can purchase my set of 9 pamphlets, including “Victimless Crimes”!  These are a great introduction to important topics to share with friends and family.  Very simple to read, and easy to pass along – purchase your set today!

Edward Snowden – Hero to American Privacy and Security

What a wonderful time to be alive – when people who believe in the individual and natural rights of all humanity are willing to sacrifice their own life to continue to make truth and transparency in government possible.

 

Mr. Edward Snowden, the source for the information regarding the National Security Agency (NSA) and the atrocious and unconstitutional collection of information from all Americans (and who knows who else) did more than just give pertinent information to the press – he has become a beacon of hope for the next generation of Americans who believe in true freedom, in a truly transparent government, and in securing the privacy of people who live in this country.

 

A “dragnet” collection and storage of Americans’ phone calls, including geographically located and logging where data is collected (“Boundless Informant”), is at the heart of the issue. Proponents of this far-reaching use of data in order to “protect” and “save” Americans include Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence – Representative Peter King who is calling for Snowden’s capture and punishment.

 

Maybe the people of this country should demand the capture and punishment of Peter King and the other representatives who have failed their oath of office, the oath to uphold the Constitution!  Who is the Criminal? People SHOULD be in jail, and they are not the Edward Snowdens of the world.

 

Never in history has so much data been collected on so many innocent people. What happens when the people collecting the information decide that someone is a threat and should be “dealt” with? Is there review from a jury, a judge, a citizens oversight committee to see if that person is indeed a threat? Who decides what determines a threat? It is said that Congress knows what is going on – but judging from the other amazing things Congress is doing for mankind, I kind of doubt it. Does my representative Scott Tipton (R) know who in his district has their information being collected by the NSA? Does he know who is on a list determined to be a “threat”? I would love to think that he does, but he is probably as aware of the NSA’s activities as any of us are.

 

As a Colorado citizen, I can assure you that I think that the leaks about NSA’s activities from Snowden are more crucial to our security than keeping these unconstitutional activities hidden from Americans. When people like Representative King scream about the dangers to Americans from Americans who seek transparency in government, it is a blatant illustration of the “smarter than thou” mentality from people sitting in offices far away from everyday Americans working very hard to just survive.

 

This has nothing to do with terrorism – this has everything to do with the disregard for the privacy of innocent people who should never have their emails and phone calls read and listened to by people working for the NSA, for the government, or for any bureaucratic entity christened to “keep watch” on the homeland. There are judicial processes available to constitutionally deal with terrorist threats – there is absolutely zero need to invade the privacy of individual citizens.

 

God Bless You Edward Snowden, you are my hero.

 

– Tisha Casida

 

When the Law is the Problem

It would be an optimistic assumption that most of us, want to make an honest attempt to follow “the law”. But, what is the law? And are all of the laws on the books – whether at a federal, State, or local level – actually beneficial to the community and/or the individual rights of the citizens of their respective States? There is an argument to be made that sometimes “law” is plunder. Because: whoever so makes the laws, is who will benefit from those laws.

Congress – people who go to Washington, D.C. to be legislators and write laws (much different from being a ‘representative’, of whom there are only a few) – who are these legislators beholden to once they are in office? Well, they are beholden to the money that got them there, which oftentimes comes from special interest groups that want them to make laws to either benefit or protect their companies and industry. Why do people in Congress spend millions of dollars to get in office and make a salary that is a fraction of that if they are elected? Good will? I think not. It is simple math and logic – they go to exercise their power, to bring your taxpayer dollars back to those who got them elected. It is a simple strategy – and they use “the law” to do this. This is law as plunder – this is taking legislation and creating rules and regulations that in effect protect or promote certain companies, certain industries, all while lining the pocketbooks of corrupt individuals who are using “the law” to take from one group and give to another. What is fair about that?

Members of Congress swear an oath upon the Constitution of the united States of America, but unfortunately for most of them, their words mean nothing. It is their actions that we should watch. Most members of Congress actively participate in writing laws – the problem is that now those laws have piled on top of each other and have made almost every action we take “illegal” – we must ask permission (fees, licenses, taxes) for almost any activity that we engage in: working/labor (income tax), property (building licenses, property tax, among others), driving (driver’s license), lemonade stands and other means of selling food (retail food licenses), farmers’ markets (event licenses), etc.

What is the law? At one point in time, the Constitution of the united States of America was developed to restrain the federal government to its enumerated ‘powers’ – one of those being to protect the individual rights of the citizens of their respective States (e.g. the Bill of Rights). States could create their own constitution and “laws” for the ‘benefit’ of their own citizens as long as they did not violate an individual’s natural liberties.  States have an obligation to protect their citizens from the heavy hand of force (government). A constitutional republic, affords for a mix and match of social, philosophical, and political discourse – so long as individuals’ lives, liberties, and properties are protected – each State can have more discretion as to what is right for them.

In 1850, The Law was first published by Frédéric Bastiat – and engagingly illustrates some of these points. If you don’t have time to read this, look around you – and think about everything you have to ask permission for in order to survive. Whomever makes “the laws” – will benefit from those laws. And legislation coming out of Washington, D.C. is not the law of the Universe, which wants you to be free, be prosperous, and own your property. What is law? I can tell you what it is not. Law is not anything that takes away your life, your liberties, and your property.

 

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