The Heinlein Doctrine
October 5, 2012
“I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. ” –Robert Heinlein
I was on a gun- and survival-related forum this evening, reading a stereotypical thread on “When will TSHTF.” The theories ranged from sometime in the next six months to “never!” I would argue however, and in fact do, that it’s already here. The popular conception of WROL involves bands of mutant/zombie/cannibal/biker/looter/bandits roaming the highways and by-ways, taking what they want from every passing citizen, except the heroes of the novel or daydream, who were prescient enough to spend their children’s college fund on preparedness, stockpile a bunker of goods in the hinterlands of the northern Rockies (which I really can’t begrudge, considering I moved here when I left the service because of the tactical and strategic benefits of the region myself….), and amazingly managed to get the Hell out of whatever major metropolitan urban center they lived and worked in, and traverse the continent to get there, as Rome burned around them.
Folks, this is idiocy. The Shit has ALREADY hit the fan. The Republic is dead, and no one is coming to help you. Let’s look at this from a novel perspective….
Article I, Section I of the Constitution of the United States of America:
“All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”
Yet today, we have appointed bureaucrats of the Executive Branch penning regulations that are enforced with the force of law. I understand that Congress arguably has the “implied” privilege of assigning functions to the executive branch to carry out in order to execute the laws that Congress makes (thus the term “executive”…..), but wherein is that equal to making up new laws?
Article I, Section VI:
“The Senators and Representatives ……shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.”
And still, a sitting United States Senator was detained at an airport, by employees of the TSA, presumably because he might be a “threat?” (For the record, with limited exceptions, people need to be aware that TSA screeners are NOT LE agents or officers)
Article I, Section IX:
“…No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time….”
Yet, we have “black budgets” for agencies that “can never see the light of day,” for National Security reasons? If what those agencies are doing is for our security, how is telling us how it was used, at least in general terms, a bad thing, especially when it is SPECIFICALLY CALLED FOR, in the document that supposedly gives that government the authority it claims…….?
Article III, Section II:
“…The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.”
Thus, in case anyone was having any doubts, whatsoever, the concept of military tribunals for anyone who is not a current service member, punishable under the UCMJ, is so blatantly unconstitutional that it would be almost laughable. While I personally believe these rights and protections should be extended to all human beings accused of crimes against any American, at least let’s agree that they should apply to American citizens.
Article III, Section III:
“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”
“Oh, SNAP!” As they say these days……Guess those targeted assassinations of American citizens, even those douchebags working for AQ, are unconstitutional as all fuck, aren’t they? Hmmmm……
Article IV, Section III:
“New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress….”
Four words: “West-By-God-Virginia.”
On the Bill of Rights: I discussed this in an early article on the old site, but will re-cap here as well….(This was originally an article on why focusing on the Second Amendment is stupid. –J.M.)
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The USA PATRIOT ACT pretty well kicked this old relic to the curb. If you had any doubts, look at the video footage of police response to the Occupy Wall Street protests, specifically in Oakland, California, and on the UC-Davis campus. I don’t care what your views are on the OWS movement. Even if you think, as I do, that they are mostly a bunch of spoiled, rotten, rich-kid, bourgeoisies socialists/communists/Marxists, as long as they are PEACEFULLY assembled, to petition the government about their grievances, they have the natural, human right to bitch and whine.
The typical argument I get from police officer friends that they were “breaking the law because they were on public property,” is a load of complete horseshit. What if the folks in Boston on 16DEC1773 had decided, “Well, standing on this street corner is against the law, so we’re going to just disperse like the soldiers/cops are telling us to?” To this day, particularly in regard to the O.C. attack on the protestors seated on the campus sidewalk by uniformed LEOs, I believe those students would have been completely justified, morally, in standing up and kicking the ever-loving-dogshit out of the officers doing the spraying. “The officers were in fear of their safety!” Bullshit! I’ve been in fear of my safety. I’ve seen others in fear of their safety. Those Stasi-wannabe stormtroopers were not at all in fear of their safety. They reveled in the chance to assault those “dirty, smelly, hippies,” with no threat of repercussions.
That’s okay though, because you still have your second amendment rights…right? None of that other shit matters.
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