Henry David Thoreau, best known for “On Walden Pond,” published his short treaties entitled, “Civil Disobedience,” in 1848. It was the story of his own refusal to comply with a poll tax (a tax on every person who breathes similar to carbon and other current unlawful taxes in the U.S.), which resulted in his being imprisoned for a day.
Thoreau outlined his reasons for refusal to comply, which essentially come down to the right of every human being to be free of the bondage of tyranny. This short treatise, which you can find at: http://thoreau.eserver.org/civil.html, deserves a good reading over today as people’s privacy is being trampled yet again by Federalized U.S. census workers who don’t have the good sense to figure out how to earn an honest living.
Let’s just cut through the question of whether or not the census is constitutional. As it stands, it is not. Regardless of the unlawful edicts of our rogue Congress, there is no natural law to support the current census and it is clearly a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Furthermore, there is nothing in the law that states that citizens are under any obligation to answer any questions, only that the government “may” ask.
There is no reasonable law that can passed to allow for the level of harassment and trespass we are enduring from these minions of criminality. Of course, they can’t read the Constitution – apparently, they can’t even read a “No trespassing” sign, which I put up for their benefit and that of the drug dealing criminals in the area who are currently running around terrorizing the neighborhood and breaking into homes.
I was accosted for the second time by a census worker – this time in my drive way. Any strange vehicle in this neighborhood (once peaceful before the crimes of the criminal congress, the private corporation know as the Federal treasury and the most recent mortgage debacle, but now riddled by crime) is considered suspicious.
I had the displeasure of being followed up my driveway by a man who looked like Wilford Brimley. I had already eyed a suspicious vehicle and was conscious of some unrelated unpleasant goings on related to our recent crime wave as I pulled into my driveway.
For all I know this guy is some pervert following me up to my door. It’s frightening. I had just left one of my multiple jobs as it now requires multiple incomes to keep things afloat in the current economy and had a lot of things on my mind along with the danger of getting out of my car in my own driveway amid the current climate when this unwashed-looking old creature follows me up nearly to my door. With all of the crime that has been going on around here lately, I don’t even want the Avon Lady coming to my door. That is my right as a human being. And, feel it compromises my safety, which has been breached to the point that I feel compelled to be armed at all times and to protect my person and my house from intruders. And, yet here is this Federal idiot who apparently can’t read the numerous “no trespassing” signs I have posted.
Now, surely there is someone who, in defense of these census cretins, will say that census workers have a reasonable right to be present on my personal property. But, this is incorrect. Because above all, I have the right to feel safe and secure in my home and I have not, in part because of the recent crime wave. And, also in part because of these unwelcome visits and unwarranted and unlawful “threats” from the census bureau. The threat is of fines for not answering their intrusive, disgusting, frightening and unlawful questions.
Does it strike anyone else as coincidental that the 2010 census form asks so many questions about Hispanics and right about the same time we have this un-Constitutional, fascist “law” passed in Arizona that allows the police to openly harass anyone with a tan? And, of course, they have been doing it all along, but it is frightening that it is becoming more open and flagrant.
You may or may not recall from history that it was U.S. census information that was used to round up U.S. citizens of Japanese and Italian, steal from them all of their worldly goods and possessions and imprison them in interment camps back in the 1940’s.
If that doesn’t bother you, then ask yourself this. If you are a woman living alone, do you really want strange men coming to your door asking you about your reproductive organs? I don’t. And, I’ve gone to some lengths in the past to protect my privacy and security by not allowing strange men to know where I live.
Maybe you think that sounds paranoid? Well, I won’t quote rape statistics to you, but I will point you to a current story in the news: On May 11, 2010, Fox 59 WXIN in Indianapolis, Indiana (See the original article and video here: http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin-women-raped-by-census-worker-051110,0,3578244.story) reported that a U.S. Census worker was charged with rape and burglary, after two women reported being attacked by him. One of them was a 21-year old handicapped woman. Now, think again about that stranger at your door – do you want to give him information? If you are a woman or women living alone, is it even appropriate or reasonable that you should be expected to do so?
The answer is clearly, “No.”
My right to safety, security and a sense of peace in my own home trumps any artifice by the Federal government to further intrude on my life. I have the right to remain free of harassment on my own property and I expect my “no trespassing” signs to be acknowledged – even by bearded prospective-perverts claiming to work for the Federal government. If I could I would remind him and the other idiot who (also a strange man) that Federal jurisdiction ends outside the perimeters of Washington, D.C. and he has zero authority in my driveway or on my porch!
For the protection of my person and property, for the protection of people of all genders, creeds and nationalities, for the protection of our entire nation, civil disobedience is a duty of all people who understand the purpose of our great nation and the spirit of its founders.