Real Crime vs. Legislated Garbage

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 27 Dec 2004 13:00:00 GMT
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# I posted another comment in Sierra's "Today" post at Fish or Man, in response to a cop who stated that he is not your enemy unless you try to hurt him.

And I'm not your enemy, unless YOU choose so by trying to hurt ME. Attempting to arrest me for behavior that is not criminal is an attack, initiated by you. I have the right and duty to defend myself, with extreme prejudice.

And why should those hundred submit to arrest and go through the courts? Arresting someone for lawful activity is kidnapping. The arresting cops are the ones who should go through the courts. Kidnapping is a capital offense...

I happen to believe that the so-called "laws" forbidding drug sale or possession by adults have no authority to be. I do not recognize the authority of the legislatures to criminalize everything they please, no matter how large the majority. Gun ownership and possession is obvious, since that right is specifically stated in the U.S. Constitution. Drug use is not specifically stated, but our Republican system gives the government enumerated powers. They may not legally pass any "laws" about anything for which the federal or state constitution does not explicitly grant them authority. That makes federal drug "laws" all illegal. I haven't studied it, but I'd wager that very few states have the authority to criminalize drug possession.

Given that I believe these "laws" are illegal, I also believe that arresting an adult for possessing drugs or selling them to another adult is also kidnapping, still a capital offense.

I actually go further than this. I don't recognize the authority of the various constitutions over people who have not explicitly sworn to follow them. That means they apply only to sworn public servants, not to me or to any natural citizen. So the legislatures have no authority to criminalize ANYTHING, though I still believe the common law definition of crime, behavior that directly harms another person or their property, still holds.

But I would be happy to settle for the various constitutions, if they were narrowly interpreted and rabidly enforced, meaning that 90% of the current U.S. Congress, and likely a similar percentage of every state legislature, should be rotting in jail, assuming they aren't hanged for treason.
Real crimes: assault, murder, kidnapping, rape, robbery, all the common law crimes recognized by everybody. Intentional behavior that harms another person or their property.

Non-crimes: ingesting anything, gambling, prostitution, any interaction of consenting adults. Vice. Accident. Non-payment of taxes. Refusal to register.

(I'm not talking about tort law here, only criminal law).

These are NOT subjective. Real crimes cause direct physical harm. Non-crimes hurt somebody's feelings or cause some unspecified harm to "society".

The big difference is that after a REAL crime, there's either a dead body or a victim screaming for justice. After a legislated crime, somebody's moral sense is harmed, or some legislator's flow of plunder (tax or fee) is threatened.

The big difference from your perspective is that if you find a dead body or somebody calls you complaining about real harm done to them or their property, then I will have no problem with you seeking the perpetrator (except that your job is funded with stolen, aka tax, money). If you walk down the street looking for law-breakers, especially if you do what drug warriors and BATF troops do, entrap people into breaking one of those illegal "laws", then you're a criminal, not a peace officer. If I am your target, though it is usually not practical for me to defend myself, since cops are well armed, well trained, and travel in gangs, it is my absolute right to do so.

Constitutions are supposed to establish a tiny domain in which law-making is allowed. Anything outside of that domain is off-limits, no matter how many people want it. They no longer work that way. It turns out that one tyrant 3000 miles away is preferable to 3000 tyrants one mile away.

But these kind of discussions never go anywhere. I have yet to meet a cop who realized that 90% of what he does blatantly violates his oath. People who realize that stop being cops.

It helps to realize that taxation is theft, and that initiation of force is crime, no matter how many people vote for it, and no matter which fancy uniform, funny hat, or shiny badge the perp is wearing.

And I never said I thought the Constitution was valid. Only that I would be willing to give you that, if the penalty for government agents were severe for stepping even a millimeter outside of that Constitutional cage.

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