Freedom Eroded: Politicians, Lawyers, and Bureaucrat (Guest Post)

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For a country founded on the principle of personal freedom, self-determination seems to be an increasingly rarefied commodity in America. Inversely, the government seems to grow ever more powerful with each passing year, extending its reaches into rights once considered sacrosanct. Their primary weapon in the war to twist the law into a tool of control, versus one of justice: lawyers.

What’s Happening

You hear it in the news. The local police intervene to stop a little girl from selling lemonade because she doesn’t have the proper permits. Parents are forced to vaccinate their children, as if the government should be doing the parenting instead of the parents. New York’s mayor decides your diet is his business – or the government’s – limiting the size of sodas businesses can sell, and you can buy. This notion of the nanny state, one where the government makes every decision for you, from what you eat to how you eat it, to where you can live and where you can’t, ad infinitum, is no longer a notion. It is reality in America. According to fee.org:

  • There are now more Americans employed by government than by the entire manufacturing sector in America.
  • In the past 25 years the federal government has spent $2.5 trillion on welfare and aid to cities. This is enough money to purchase all of the assets of the Fortune 500 companies plus all of the farmland in the United States.
  • In 1987 U.S. farmers received more money in government subsidies than they did in selling their crops in the marketplace. In short, farmers now produce for the government, not for U.S. consumers.
  • In three states today—California, Maine, and New York—almost half of all middle-income family wages are captured by government through income, payroll, property, and sales taxes, and other levies.

The Culprits

Government has a natural tendency to want to grow, increasing its power and influence over every aspect of its citizens’ lives. What better way to do this then to corrupt the code of law of a land? Through an army of well-trained and well-heeled lawyers, they can slowly morph law into a tool of control, where slowly everything seems to be illegal, narrowing your control over your own life until it is fully surrendered to government.

Of course, lawyers don’t always work on behalf of government. Lawyers work on behalf of organizations such as Families Against Mandatory Minimums and the Center for Individual Freedom to advocate for and curb big government growth. On a more personal level, criminal defense attorneys work to reduce sentences and even get charges dropped when criminal cases have been brought illegitimately against individuals or their property (as in cases of civil forfeiture).

According to attorney N.J. Preovolos a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Vancouver, “Most people don’t have a lot of time or sympathy for Hell’s Angels or other alleged criminals. But finally it is starting to sink in that civil forfeiture laws can impact law abiding citizens harshly and disproportionately.  If you own property and rent it to anyone, watch out. If that property is used in criminal activity by your tenant, you may find yourself on the wrong end of a government lawsuit targeting your property for forfeiture. You’ll then have to answer for why someone else committed crimes on your property and why you did not detect and put a stop to it.”

Who’s to Blame

Behind the twin armies of bureaucrats and government lawyers are of course the politicians putting them to work. This is where remedy to the situation lies. Ultimately, we the people vote these politicians into power. While we do not have control over the bureaucrats they appoint, whose interests also align totally with increasing big government’s power, we can vote into power people who value freedom more than they value control.

It is asinine that a kid cannot do something as simple, industrious, and American such as selling lemonade in front of her house to make a bit of cash without the government’s benediction. Through slowly rendering virtually everything illegal, control over your own life shifts more and more from yourself to the government, but this trend can and must be arrested – before you are.

5 Responses to “Freedom Eroded: Politicians, Lawyers, and Bureaucrat (Guest Post)”

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    Spurwing Plover

    A farmer or rancher having their property stolen by goverment agents from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over some stupid lizard,rodent or weed guns confiscated by UN Blue Helmets over a unconstitutional treaty signed by american traitor John Kerry the ESA is UNCONSTITUTIONAL then the idiots who claim the 2nd AMENDMENT pertians only to Muskets and these demac-RATS wanting to confiscate our guns(Hollywood airhead Matt Damns thinks our guns should be confiscated)and the so called refugees. Its time to get america out of the UN and evict these crinimals from american soil

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    Nanny G

    Social media has become like Nazi Germany this election.
    Google ”Louder with Crowder” on videos and his show won’t come up.
    You Tube has put his show on a restricted basis even though it is PG 13 while Leftist crap filled with vile language is open for all ages to see even on college campuses and in libraries.
    Facebook has been editing people without their permission or knowledge.
    Twitter has kicked people off without any explanation (one thing in common, open support for Trump).
    Remind me, which side is traditionally thought of as the champions of free speech?
    Well, rethink that.
    Liberals are hiding opposing points of view just because they can.
    And, if this destroys their companies, like Twitter is going under, so what?
    They are rich.
    And their workers can find other work.
    NYTimes, carrying water for Hillary full-time lost 95% of its quarterly profit….and it doesn’t even care.
    To all of these executives who rely on foreign workers, Hillary’s win is more important.

  3. 4

    Mathman

    Please correct title: bureaucrat.
    Autocrat who runs a bureau (department of government).
    Generally understood to be unaccountable to anyone.

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    Spurwing Plover

    The Useless Nations was never ever about Peace its all about World Goverment all under the Useless Nations their a vulture pretending to be a dove and fooling quite a few fools

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