One of the biggest lies I hear, "If you are innocent, you have nothing to worry about"....
I cringe when I hear these words. I have had enough dealings with the law, to know this is not true. I have seen first hand, a child taken from his parents, on the allegation of abuse, the child was taken without investigation and custody awarded to a relative. There were 3 children living in the home, the police never came to check on the other two. Fortunately for the other two children the allegations were false, but the 3rd child was still legally abducted.
I am sure everyone has a story like this. The State has falsely accused and sentenced an innocent person. Police break into the wrong home, maybe they broke the tv, sometimes they shoot an kill a beloved pet who was doing their job, guarding the home... worse case, they kill the innocent residents inside.
We also see where they look for crimes, where there has been no crime. I actually heard someone accused an sent to court for "improper start from a parked position".. basically he squealed his tires. .Seriously, its annoying but is it a crime? Most of our crimes are for generating revenue, not to protect the safety of the population. The amount of money collected is hard to determine, but this article states that just one city, Tulsa, OK is owed $4 million in traffic tickets alone.
Lets start with car insurance. In most states its mandatory by law, not all, but most. I don't know, maybe its safer to drive in New Hampshire, maybe its not, but they do not require auto insurance as a blanket law. Wisconsin doesn't necessarily require insurance, but you do have to prove you have some way to pay for any damages or injuries you may cause. Either way, New Hampshire auto insurance policies are about the same as the rest of the nation. The only difference is that if you let your policy lapse, due to lack of funds, forgetfulness or any other reason, you are not made to be a criminal. In most states, if you have to use your car to get to work, can't afford to pay your ins premium, you get pulled over, your vehicle is impounded and you could be put in jail. How does that make any sense. I have found, being that I am poor by definition, that most laws, make it a crime, to be, well poor.
We have a fee and fine centered society. We have regulated and taxed everything. They tell us it is for our own good. For the bettering of society. TO HELP THE POOR! Oh the poor! We suffer the most. Sit in the courtroom on a Tuesday morning. Listen to the cases. Look at the people. Every single one of them is poor. their crime, being too poor to comply with these gazillion laws and fee's. How exactly are we, the poor, being helped?
There is a book on my to read list. Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent. John Stossel has a piece titled Illegal Everything. When our constitution was first written, we had 4 federal crimes.. Treason, Piracy, Counter fitting and Crimes against the Law of Nations. Now we have so many that the experts cant even agree on how many there are! We claim to be the free-est nation in the world, but we have the largest percentage of our population in jail. The average statistic I read was that one in every 100 citizens are in jail an 1 in 30 are on probation.
I know many will respond with, well do what they say and there wont be an issue.While that may be so, I disagree. We are sovereign individuals. Our country was founded on the basic principles of liberty. Why would we allow these violations of rights? There are people in the United States, who are being charged with growing and raising food for their families to eat, for storing water to drink, without permission from the government. How can this be tolerated? We have the right to life, and the freedom to grow the very basic necessities to sustain life.. Food and water!
Learn your rights. It is your responsibility to know them. Its also important to gain the confidence to exercise them always, especially when it is needed to secure your freedom.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety