Our legal system seems to be usurping our rights on every front.  First, it was activist judges ruling according to their own political beliefs and setting legal precedents  (thus ‘legislating from the bench’).

Recently, in Indiana,  Justice Steven David ruled that Indiana citizens have

“no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers. We believe however that a right to resist unlawful police entry is … incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.” “

Can this be right–a judge has ruled that Indiana citizens do not have the right to resist if police violate their constitutional rights by barging into their home when they wish?

This led to  Newton County Sheriff (Don Hartman) making comments to the effect that he would conduct door to door, warrantless searches if he deemed it necessary!

Let this be a reminder that there are people, especially in law enforcement, who find it . . .  inconvenient . . . for us to have Constitutional rights.  Now that things have started to go their way, they are going to push it as far as they can.

People in Indiana had better treat this like any other type of bullying–fight back and don’t stop until they cry for mercy!  Meaning:  resist, and use every legal means to bring these plans to a halt!

Every time I turn around, I hear of another incursion against our Constitutionally protected rights.  Let me repeat again here–yes, there are threats of terror, etc.  But the case is being overstated, exaggerated and used as a rationale for stripping us of our rights.

As I’ve said in many other posts, I believe America is being judged by God.  Lets remember that the laws our nation was founded upon originated with God, and He wants us to uphold them.  (It’s another matter when the laws of men run counter to the laws of God.)

We have become a nation of law breakers, and we think little of it.  It is no longer a mark of shame to be a felon.  Look at all the celebrities that are, and no one seems to think any less of them!

By becoming lawless, we have disrespected God and opened the door to tyranny.  In large part this growing ‘police state’ is the consequence for our misbehavior.  However, not all of us are misbehaving.  And, as they say, ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’.  Just because the people are not following the law does not make it right for the government to break it too.

We still have (some of) our Constitutional rights, but we are losing them fast.  Those who are creating the police state are using the argument that the Constitution no longer fits the reality of today.   This broad shift to lawlessness, over the past few generations, is making their case for them.  (Notice Judge David’s use of the word ‘modern’, above.)

I see two things that need to happen, and quickly, if we wish to turn this around.

  1. Repent–in other words, do your part to return to behaving lawfully.  Show respect for God’s law.  Don’t only obey when you think you’ll get caught if you don’t.
  2. Resist.  Know your rights and use them.  Patiently and calmly resist tyranny.  Stand on your rights–the ones you voluntarily give up today will be legally taken from you tomorrow.

I’m going to include links to a couple of videos because, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  I want you to see how the mindset of law enforcement personnel has changed.  Somehow, in the last few years, they have begun to view the American people as an enemy.  From the things I am seeing lately, the attitude appears to be widespread.  It is an attitude that is very confrontational, intimidating, and arrogant.

As you watch these videos (and please do watch them!),  notice the bullying attitude of law enforcement.  Also, please pay careful attention to those who are standing on their rights . . . firmly, but respectfully.

http://biggovernment.com/reasontv/2011/05/26/the-governments-war-on-cameras/

http://www.facebook.com/#!/TruthRising911ChroniclesPT1

Here are a few notable quotes from the first video.

‘Citizen ignorance of the law sometimes allows police to get away with more than they otherwise would’

‘Not everybody knows what the law is and sometimes not even all the  police officers know what the law is’

‘The unfortunate reality is, often police officers can intimidate people into not doing things they otherwise legally could.’

Eugene Volokh, law professor, UCLA  (http://volokh.com/)

I probably wouldn’t even be writing this post, except that I watched the entire second video last night (2 hours, it moves kind of slowly).  What I saw there is what I want you to see–the relentless attack on our freedom, by police who were standing on their self-vperceived authority, but not standing on the law.  (They forget that the only authority they have is that which is granted by law–and that WE hire them to protect US. )

Even if you disagree with the ideas presented in the second video, I hope that you will watch to see what I am talking about–to see how our rights are being infringed on and how, today in America, people who have different views are being demonized.

(The whole point of the second video is that there are people whose questions are not being answered, who are being ignored, and who deserve compensation for injuries that they are not receiving.  The video shows their quest to be heard.)

Again, back to a very important point made by Eugene Volokh (law professor, UCLA ):

‘The unfortunate reality is, often police officers can intimidate people into not doing things they otherwise legally could.’

Sometimes this is intentional–when police deliberately cause people to believe they have authority backing them up.  I saw a quote from Don Hartman (the Indiana sheriff that wants to do warrantless door to door searches).  His point was that he felt people would be glad to comply if they felt it would help law enforcement find a suspect.

This is sad because it’s true–and because the people we are supposed to be able to trust are deliberately misleading us into surrendering our rights.

Most people would open the door and gladly let them in.  But your Constitutional rights say you don’t have to, unless you are presented with a search warrant.  I advise that you don’t.  Even if you have nothing to hide. 

The issue here is not whether there is something or someone in your home that shouldn’t be.   The issue isn’t about being nice, respectful, and cooperative.  The issue is that law enforcement has become a bully who is now bent on taking away your rights–so you’d better stand your ground!

You may not need to use your 4th Amendment right, but you had better stand on it anyhow–because if everyone starts surrendering it voluntarily, it will make the case that the citizens no longer feel it is relevant, and it will be much easier to legally overturn it.

The other point made, in the first video,  is that some issues (such as who, what, where, and when you may videotape), still have no firm legal precedent.  The way that the law will be written (either to protect our right to videotape, or to deny it) is by having a legal precedent set.  Then lawyers will carry out the debate and a judge will decide.

Legal precedent is set when someone goes to court over an issue–in other words, someone gets in trouble over the issue, and they fight back in court and say they have the right to do what they did.  Then lawyers carry out the debate and a judge  decides. The judge’s decision is usually appealed  and the case then moves higher and higher through the court system until it is finally decided.

So, do not be afraid of getting in trouble for standing your ground.  If the police cannot give you a specific statute that you are violating, or they give you one that you know doesn’t fit the circumstances, stand your ground.  If you do get in trouble, in a case like that there are organizations that will provide your legal defense (I believe it’s usually free), for the opportunity to argue the subject in court in order to set legal precedent.  You can also publicize your case by notifying the media, or organizations that are trying to raise public awareness over the issue.

Remember, this is how bullies work: by intimidation.  (It is the same tactic terrorists use.)  They prey on people’s fears.  The only way to deal with a bully is in the same vein.

Notice, in the videos, that when people stand firm (and have videotape evidence!), the police will retreat to the bounds set for them by the law–but it only seems to happen when people persist in standing their ground.  In other words, they will eventually stop bullying you, when they realize it isn’t going to work and they can’t trap you into doing something wrong.  (I can’t stress enough the importance of being courteous, calm and non-threatening!!)

People, whether we like it or not, things are changing.  Even Amish dairy farmers are being bullied!  Allowing yourself to be intimidated will not buy you peace!  (And there is a name for those who cave to intimidation:  cowards. )

The more you surrender, the more a bully will demand.  If you want to have any freedom and liberty at all, you are going to have to find the courage to stand for what you know is right.

If you aren’t up for the fight, you had better find a big rock to hide you and your family under–and good luck to you.

It used to be that you could just mind your own business and you’d be ok–but times have changed.  This is not a case  of people having confrontation because they ‘went looking for it’, or lived a life that pushed the limits.  Now, confrontation comes to those who are obeying the law and doing things that the Constitution says we have the right to do.

If we don’t stop this in its tracks, it will get worse.  Then you will see the day when confrontation overturns every rock just to find you!

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