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Should We Be Worried About Our Rights?

I am but that feeling is decades old. Self-appointed “Overlords” decreeing this happen may want to put the genie back in the bottle before the reaction starts to put them in the crosshairs.

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  • Rick April 22, 2020, 1:31 PM

    That’s some disturbing video right there. Many cops are in hog heaven right now, they can walk over us at will. I expect as the days pass more and more lawsuits will be and ultimately the questions of “exceptions” to our Constitution will end up at the Supreme Court. If they can do this now why not next year for the flu or pneumonia?

  • Stargazer April 22, 2020, 1:32 PM

    Petty tyrants! Disgusting!

  • Casey Klahn April 22, 2020, 2:02 PM

    It’s all good. I saw some nurses in scrubs counter protesting, so, you know, I feel alright about the shut down and the gubmint’s authority run amok. The nurses support the governors, you know?

    Hears a knock at the door.

    It’s all good. Iz just Robocop, Judge Dredd, and a drone.

  • Ootenvault April 22, 2020, 2:04 PM

    Yup, and in downtown San Francisco you can walk into any establishment, walk out with goods up to $750.00 and not get arrested. Be a good citizen, stand up for your rights and get handcuffed. Something is really wrong with this picture.

  • Joe Krill April 22, 2020, 2:10 PM

    “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
    ~ John Adams

  • Jewel April 22, 2020, 2:13 PM

    Lawyers? We don’t need no stinkin’ lawyers. They can’t arrest everyone.

  • talgus April 22, 2020, 2:47 PM

    need to remember the ones that made these laws (actually orders based upon declaration of a disaster) (not the police, they are just enforcing what was written in the orders). Governors, Judges, Mayors, are showing their disrespect for the Constitution they pledged to uphold. time to cast them out.

  • Ga Gator April 22, 2020, 3:03 PM

    As long as you enjoy being under house arrest, you have no problem.

  • Jeff Brokaw April 22, 2020, 3:17 PM

    Well that is an uncomfortable watch … a graphic display of too many cops on power trips, quick to turn law abiding citizens into criminals based on bullshit decrees about “protecting” us.

    What the hell happened to the Bill of Rights? It’s only valid when these f$&king power-drunk politicians decide it is?

  • captflee April 22, 2020, 3:46 PM

    Can’t speak for other cities, but the Raleigh footage is pretty unsurprising for anyone at all familiar with the place. Anything smacking of being to the right of Leon Trotsky is usually shut down, pronto, while Bully Boy Barber and his minions rampage as they wish with no let or hindrance.

    They’re just feeling a little froggier these days, really starting to get that quasi-sexual feeling that sociopaths and psychopaths experience when exerting their power over others, since they’ve been afforded a rare opportunity, unlike anything they’ve known before, to get their inner Enver Hoxhas on.

    Like my sister Wolpfacker said, it ain’t the cops, it’s the pols. In whatever costume; robes, suits, lab coats, blue uniforms and stars, whatever.

  • jwm April 22, 2020, 4:15 PM

    A mayor, a state representative, a county, or city official can throw down absolutely unconstitutional laws, and all the underlings right down to the cop on the beat will obey lest they lose their livelihood. We The People have to come up with the time, the resources, and the lawyers to challenge it. Who has the hundreds of thousands in spare cash to mount such a fight? Who is willing to spend years in a court battle against an opponent who has unlimited tax supported funds? May as well stand in the middle of a railroad track with your hand outstretched to stop a freight train. Wait till the next election, and vote ’em out? Yeah, that’s gonna’ work…
    In the mean time…. yer screwed, dude.


  • rabbit tobacco April 22, 2020, 5:48 PM

    You can have ORDER
    or CHAOS. Choose

  • Mike Anderson April 22, 2020, 6:04 PM

    Not a good idea to harass desperate people. It’s all fun and games until somebody gets shot in the face.

  • TrangBang68 April 22, 2020, 6:30 PM

    Seig Heil motherf*cker

  • CK April 22, 2020, 7:01 PM

    It’s all fun and games until the first cop, mayor or governor gets a bullet to the head then it’s real game on….

  • Chicolini April 23, 2020, 2:22 AM

    Notice how many of the jack booted thugs are Negroes?

  • John Venlet April 23, 2020, 5:38 AM

    Should We Be Worried About Our Rights?

    The powers that be aren’t keeping you locked down because of the Chinese bat flu.

  • Tom Hyland April 23, 2020, 5:47 AM

    Technically, Chicolini, we are ALL negroes. Originally, when America began there were State citizens, and there were slaves. You were a citizen of your State, your Rights were protected by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the government dwelled within a 10 miles square space called Washington D.C. We The People held the government on a tight leash. Now the government holds us on the leash. In the beginning there was only ONE citizenship, the State citizen. In 1868 Congress approved the 14th Amendment which created the U.S. citizen. All of the “freed” black people were wandering about with no official status of citizenship and the PTB were NOT going to allow these negroes to become equal in Rights and stature. The U.S. citizen is a citizen of the corporation U.S. Inc., declared bankrupt since March 9, 1933, and a resident of the federal zone of NY or VA or PA or whatever. That domicile exists only on paper and it is a bankrupt note. The 14th Amendment citizen is not privy to God-given Rights; defined but not limited to those described within the Constitution; but is only afforded strictly defined privileges that can be changed or denied by the stroke of a pen wielded by Federal judges and administrators such as governors and mayors.

    The reckless and dangerous nature of having TWO categories of American citizenship was expressed in dissension by Supreme Court Justice John Harlan in Downes v. Bidwell, 182 U.S. 244 (1901). Justice Harlan wrote, “The idea prevails with some… that we have in this country substantially two national governments; one to be maintained under the Constitution, with all its restrictions; the other to be maintained by Congress outside and independently of that instrument…. if the principles thus announced should ever receive the sanction of a majority of this court, a radical and mischievous change in our system will result. We will, in that event, pass from the era of constitutional liberty guarded and protected by a written constitution into an era of legislative absolutism…. It will be an evil day for American Liberty if the theory of a government outside the Supreme Law of the Land finds lodgment in our Constitutional Jurisprudence. No higher duty rests upon this court than to exert its full authority to prevent all violation of the principles of the Constitution.”

    In spite of the grave warning of Justice Harlan, the ill-conceived 14th Amendment and its creation of a second-class citizen unworthy and disallowed of unalienable God-given Rights protected by our Constitution is a virus that has spread until now almost every American has been enveloped and diseased; permanently cast down to the level of a recently “freed” slave. We are ALL down on the plantation picking cotton. Get it? This is why you are threatened with contempt of court when you mention the Constitution… because it does NOT apply to the U.S. citizen and every judge knows that. Or if they don’t know it they are simply operating by rote behavior, within the confines of the administrative tribunal which our courts have been reduced to, and they know the drill. Say “constitution” one more time and they’ll throw your ass in jail. If you, Chicolini, or anyone else here finds this interesting I’ll reply with a bit more information. Life doesn’t have to be this way. It is gross ignorance that causes people to be enslaved by their public servants.

  • sly311 April 23, 2020, 7:15 AM

    The picture is shameful. People need to understand these people are not ‘heros’ nor are they your friends. Neither are the healthcare workers. They’re job is to control you and your life. Period. And they’re doing a damn good job.

  • tim April 23, 2020, 8:46 AM

    Read this once somewhere –
    “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    You say you’ll change the constitution
    Well you know
    We all want to change your head
    You tell me it’s the institution
    Well you know
    You better free your mind instead
    But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
    You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

  • James ONeil April 23, 2020, 10:44 AM

    Can’t travel, at least by air, without showing your papers.
    Own property? Nope you rent it from the government, don’t pay your rent, property taxes, you lose it.
    As sound as money in the bank? In my state at least, if you’re account shows no activity for a certain period, the money reverts to the state.
    House is your castle? Cops can charge me with a DWI for running my riding lawn mower, in my yard after a couple of beers.
    Carry too much cash? Must be drug money and you forfeit it & need prove through the courts it wasn’t ill gotten gains to get all or part of it back.
    Fair trial by a jury of your peers? “Sorry son, we’ve written 257 charges against you. we win any 3 of them & you get 20 years hard labor, but if you cop a plea, wave jury trial, you’r be out in 2 years.”
    Open a bank account? My first one, over 60 years ago, signed a signature card and had my account. Today 2 pieces of picture ID required.
    Free to choose? Why yes it’s a good idea to wear a seat belt in a car, but should you be ordered to do so?
    Free to choose? Yes it’s kind of cute to have tire pressure sensors installed in your vehicle but should it be unlawful to sell/buy a new vehicle without such?
    Free to choose? Nope the mayor says 2 liter bottles of pop are bad for your health.
    Right to a swift and speedy trial? Criminal and/or civil courts, just about anything except a traffic ticket is months, or often years down the road.
    Rise too high & support the wrong candidate? Swat raid in the middle of the night covered by CNN.
    You want to fly somewhere? You do realize this physical cavity search is for your own safety, don’t you?
    You have the right to remain silent and anything you say will be used against you. Also silence is an admission of guilt.

    So! Should we be worried about our rights?
    I think it’s a bit late.

  • azlibertarian April 23, 2020, 10:58 AM

    “…Wait till the next election, and vote ’em out?….

    The wise politician knows that at some point, people begin voting from the rooftops.

  • Vanderleun April 23, 2020, 11:43 AM

    If so we need to “wise up” a few politicians pour encourage les autres.

  • ghostsniper April 23, 2020, 12:18 PM

    Have you reached your snapping point yet?
    No, you haven’t.
    If you had we’d be reading about you, and there’d be a few less tyrants stealing our air.
    When you start to get hungry, I mean REALLY hungry, then it will be time.

  • Jack April 23, 2020, 1:33 PM

    Let’s take crazy shit a step farther:

    So, what up with these unhappy protesting peeps if China or its buddy ‘Lil Un, or if he’s tits up, his sister Yo-Jong, sensing we are weak, hits us with an EMP attack?

  • azlibertarian April 23, 2020, 3:43 PM

    The answer to the question of what happens after an EMP attack is the same as the answer to every other complex question: It depends.

    In no particular order, and by no means exclusive, the complexities I see might be….
    * Which party and President is in charge?
    * Do we know who sent us the attack? To what certainty?
    * How much of our infrastructure remains?
    * How much of our military remains?

    I would hope that we would have enough of a military remaining to respond with a crushing counter-attack. This would make those who might consider an EMP attack to think about those old Mutually Assured Destruction plans before launching their attack.

    But to answer your question, I refer you to William Fortschen’s One Second After and it’s two sequels. Short story: Your world will collapse to the distance that you can walk in a day. Nothing that isn’t in your hand (or stomach) will have any value to you. The one year casualty rate will be something like 90%.

  • Jack April 24, 2020, 6:26 AM

    azlib, my question was rhetorical but I do appreciate your answer.

    This virus is a problem unlike any that the world, and particularly this country, has ever seen and while all of us are inconvenienced with the various temporary restrictions on our travel and gathering liberties, a segment of our citizens are acting like spoiled brats. In response some of our LEO’s aren’t behaving much better but I’m not certain that I would either in response to threatened mob violence and I’m glad I don’t serve in that occupation.

    An EMP event is only one example of many that our emotionally weak citizens might experience and as you point out that kind of thing would create a MAD retaliation. Closer to the heart, folks need to play the f’ing game and cooperate to help minimize the spread of this virus, pray to their Heavenly Father that it doesn’t morph into other new killer viruses, hope the States and Fed don’t push their economies into deeper recession that will spark a Depression 10x worse than that in the 1930s and that US food producers have a productive season, esp this year.

    I’m not familiar with Wm. Fortschen but I will take a look at your recommendation.

  • azlibertarian April 24, 2020, 8:35 AM

    Fortschen wrote three novels on what happens after an EMP attack–One Second After, One Year After, and The Final Day. They’re kinda end-of-the-world-ish survivalist pron, but they do give one answer to just how bad an EMP attack would be. We would basically roll back our clocks 100-150 years (and you do have a mechanical clock, don’t you?).

    You can find One Second After here.