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PAIN, PROHIBITION, and PLUNDERING

July 19, 2010

PAIN, PROHIBITION, and PLUNDERING

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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Why do adult Americans insist that their Government treat them like children?

Following shoulder surgery that was a little more than fifty percent successful, I continue using hydrocodone for pain control. If I choose to replenish my supply legally, I must periodically make a thirty-mile round trip in order to get expensive written permission from a de facto agent of the State called, a doctor. A doctor has no way of knowing whether or not a patient’s pain is real . . . and likely does not care, beyond being paid while carefully avoiding outrageous legal consequences. Pain is subjective and personal. Forcibly withholding the means to relieve a person’s pain is morally equivalent to inflicting the pain. It is intrinsically criminal to do so.

The Controlled Substances Act is clearly a contravention of the spirit of the unamendable Unanimous Declaration and the spirit of the Bill of Rights as well.

In addition to effective pain control, the hydrocodone I ingest actually makes me feel good, a real perk for a weary 74 year-old retired Geezer with a body worn by decades of labor. But I wouldn’t divulge that to the doctor since self-medicating to feel good is frowned on in America. In fact, I’m convinced that drug manufacturers actually try to take the feelgood out of drugs to discourage individuals from using them recreationally. Hydrocodone sold in America is unnecessarily adulterated with acetaminophen which does nothing more than increase toxicity. So then, from the prohibitionist’s point of view, it’s okay to be disease and pain free but it’s not okay to feel good while you’re doing it. This is considered so important to those who insanely perpetuate the War on Self-medicating and Chemical Self-pleasuring that drug manufacturers are willing to risk a user’s health by needlessly increasing the toxicity of their product(s). Are all the lawyers in America asleep? C’mon guys, initiate those lawsuits before folks wise up and unite in Justice Fellowships, then file Sui Juris, thereby leaving you out of the financial loop.

Why is an adult American – a citizen of what was once considered the most free nation in the world – forced to get permission from an agent of the State to purchase that which ought to be honestly labeled and available on the free market at a reasonably competitive price? Why should an outrageous and unnecessary de facto broker’s fee, along with prohibition costs, be added to the cost of relief?

Cui bono?

Indeed, Who benefits? When subjected to critical thinking, it becomes clear that the ill-considered War on Drugs has degenerated into an institution that does nothing more than provide political distraction and financial fodder for opportunists and parasites on both sides of the law. Frederic’ Bastiat’s term Plunder by Law fits the Drug War quite well.

The Drug War is fueled with exaggerations, sensationalism, half-truths, lies, and unfounded fears. Adult Americans would be wise to muster the resolve to end this dreadful precedent for unlawful government power.

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Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —  is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

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REDRESS

July 18, 2010

REDRESS

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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tgsammons.wordpress.com

Seeking redress via filing court papers is a major part of the suggested plan to lawfully salvage the American Ideal. The other essential parts are Justice Fellowships and Grand Juries that are aware of their power to end corruption by employing their Fifth Amendment Presentment Power.

The Justice Fellowships’ first target should be the abolition of the unlawful filing fee requirement on the grounds that it is a constructed violation of the First Amendment’s redress of grievances clause.

As for Rights, a Politically Competent Individual clearly understands the difference between a right, a lawful privilege, and a crime committed under color of law.

Unalienable Rights are the natural rights that every human being is born with. The right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness should be ruthlessly defended since an undefended right is no right at all.

The constructed Legal System that has supplanted the genuine Law of the Land must be destroyed in detail. If juris doctors and career politicians end up working for minimum wage on the serving lines of fast food providers, or working as hoppers for garbage collection businesses, that just might be where they really belong.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —   is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

THE LEGALIZERS ERR

July 17, 2010

THE LEGALIZERS ERR

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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The Legalizers’ approach to ending the Drug War is fundamentally flawed. They fail to challenge the lawfulness of what is in fact a persecution of individuals who choose to medicate themselves without paying for written permission from a licensed professional; or they choose to pleasure themselves with alternatives to ethyl alcohol.

No power that is repugnant to the principles underpinning the unamendable July 4, 1776 Action of the Second Continental Congress has lawful authority. It is crucial that a citizen understand that lawful and legal are not synonyms. There is an ethical element in lawful that can be painfully absent in legal. History is replete with dreadful crimes, legally committed by agents of government.

To settle for anything less than an across the board repeal of the de facto prohibition of certain drugs is going to be a grievous mistake that will continue to impoverish and imprison harmless Americans for years to come — until a significant number of folks come to their senses regarding the only morally acceptable relationship between the individual and his government. Piecemeal “legalization” concedes a power to government that does not in truth lawfully exist. Drug Prohibition is the product of an intrinsically criminal distortion of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

As long as We, the People permit tyranny to be profitable, there will be plenty of tyranny. Just follow the money and you will always find the (frequently awful) truth.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 — is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

FORSAKEN PROMISE THE

July 17, 2010

THE FORSAKEN PROMISE

(A Brief Critical Analysis of the American Ideal)

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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I seldom debate the amendable Constitution, preferring instead to champion the Principles that inspired the unamendable July 4, 1776 Action of the Second Continental Congress.

Largely by way of incremental construction, every level of American government has degenerated into a legal abomination, where the rule of lawyers and career politicians encroaches upon, dilutes, and even nullifies the birthright of every American, i.e., the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness along with other duly acknowledged rights, all of which are derived from the preceding combination.

Working Americans endure exhausting labor and stressful responsibility, only to see much of their substance taken by law-wielding predators for the benefit of drones, parasites, and of course, the predators themselves.

Jefferson’s Explanation

“But with respect to our rights, and the acts of the British government contravening those rights, there was but one opinion on this side of the water. All American Whigs thought alike on these subjects. When forced, therefore, to resort to arms for redress, an appeal to the tribunal of the world was deemed proper for our justification. This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion. All its authority rests on the harmonizing sentiments of the day, whether expressed in conversation, in letters, printed essays, or the elementary books of public right, as Aristotle, Cicero, Locke, Sidney, etc. The historical documents which you mention in your possession, ought all to be found, and I am persuaded you will find, to be corroborative of the facts and principles advanced in that Declaration.”Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Henry Lee, May 8, 1825)

The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America —Action by the Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776

WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

WE hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness¾That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 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. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain [George III] is a history of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…

That which is self-evident is so ingrained in the human psyche that it sparks no debate. Since every individual is an end in himself, with lawful title to himself, every individual is endowed with precisely the same unalienable rights. Unalienable means precisely that, un-alienable. This is the natural law that never changes. An incomparably eloquent expression of the American Ideal, the declaratory judgment referred to as the Declaration of Independence is the lawful wellspring of American jurisprudence. So then, why have Americans so foolishly relinquished their birthright to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness?

Note how the late Soviet Union—a monstrous experiment in ruthlessly enforced socialism—eventually imploded into the moral vacuum of its own fundamentally flawed philosophy. Unfortunately for Americans, the collapse of the Soviet Union left the United States burdened with a bloated bureaucracy desperate to justify and perpetuate itself in order to maintain the financial status quo. Those who wield power and covet the wealth that power provides willingly relinquish neither, so, close on the heels of the Soviet collapse, a grossly exaggerated drug danger was repeatedly heralded and the existing phony drug war intensified, allegedly to “rid America of this scourge”. It hasn’t been successful and it never will be, but crises, whether real or fabricated, always expand a government’s power at the expense of liberty and justice.

Recklessly responding to 9/11 in 2001, posturing lawmakers granted law enforcers and the judiciary additional legal power to rudely disrespect individual rights.

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That among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…

The qualifier “among” implies that there are additional unalienable rights yet to be identified and secured. Beginning at birth, the right to life is the primary right while the right to liberty is the value that makes all other values possible; and how could one rightfully pursue happiness without being alive and at liberty to do so?

Rights secured by the Constitution have been effectively lost to unjust statutes, i.e., fundamentally unlawful, yet legal, power that evil men and well-meaning fools easily put to an evil use. But instead of wisely demanding that bad laws be repealed outright, Americans have fallen into the wishful thinking trap of creating more laws or tweaking existing policies while remaining oblivious to the tragically indisputable fact that it is wise to disarm and remove deadly mines, rather than depend on remembering their location.

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That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed…

Thomas Jefferson was a peerless wordsmith among wordsmiths, who made his every written word count. What better way is there to secure the blessings of liberty than by creating a government severely limited to acquiring and wielding only just powers from the consent of the governed? The importance of the qualifier just simply cannot be overemphasized. The unalienable rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence were eventually secured by the Constitution, which was created to legally shield the individual from excesses imposed by the government itself.

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That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it…

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America’s arrogant, greed-driven Judicial Industry is a monster that continues to grow and thrive on an interpretation monopoly, and just plain plundering by law. Note for example how the once sensible focus on safety regulation has increasingly shifted to revenue collection. Sadly, virtually every level of American Government has never been more destructive to its founding principles than it is today. Individuals today are bitterly reaping the consequences of inexcusable ignorance and irresponsible acquiescence.

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And institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.

A human being is an end in himself. Therefore, an uncompromising commitment to the defense and perpetuation of individual rights merits every individual’s attention and support. Firmly dedicated to principles acceptable to the very nature of Man, the Framers of the Constitution created history’s first moral government—but even history’s most glorious covenant is irrelevant paper unless a significant number of Citizens have the knowledge and rectitude necessary to defend and enforce it.

Although criminal law targets the individual, there is in reality a population’s collective consciousness that often supports unlawful power. An extreme example is the lynch mob, although there are much more sophisticated examples that are systematically more deadly. During the Twentieth Century mass murder under color of law was made more efficient than ever before by modern technology.

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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.

Governments are armed and dangerous. Governments also have a legal, not to be confused with lawful*, monopoly on the use of force—including deadly force. Since bad government can easily become even worse government, one should be patient in the face of transient wrongs—however, the systematic wrongs committed by government today are well established and financially predatory rather than merely transient.

*Legal and lawful are not synonyms. There is an ethical element present in lawful that is painfully absent in legal.

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But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a Design to reduce them to absolute Despotism…

Persecution for profit naturally worsens until the beneficiaries of the persecution are savaged by their outraged victims. If enforced respect for unalienable rights cannot be accomplished by peaceful redress, then, as in 1776, redress by force of arms is morally justified.

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It is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

Unalienable rights are not favors won in elections. They are the natural power that never lawfully changes, and every American is morally obliged to respect and defend it.

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Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies…

And such is the sufferance of informed Americans not favored by the regime du jour.

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And such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Americans need only reject the existing system of unlawful powers that have supplanted the legitimate Law of the Land. A Republican form of government is guaranteed by Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

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The History of the present King of Great Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

Today, freedom loving Americans have more to fear from their own secretive, faction and lobby-corrupted government than the Colonists ever had to fear from their King and his Parliament.

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He has obstructed the administration of Justice.

An ordinary Citizen choosing to report a violation of his unalienable rights to the Justice Department by way of its investigative organization, the F.B.I., will quickly discover that the primary concern of government agencies is the maintenance of the imperial status quo.

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He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the Tenure of their Offices, and the Amount and Payment of their Salaries.

endless Power versus Liberty struggle, the record of the judges is worse than merely disgraceful —some of it is intrinsically criminal. Federal judges and Supreme Court justices serve life terms in office, although some should be banished for life to some remote atoll for the lives they’ve unjustly ruined. Ruthlessly creating and imposing bad law upon the common folk, legislators and judges systematically violate the Law of the Land for the financial benefit of themselves and the establishment they serve. Once America’s worsening Legal Holocaust is exposed, informed grand juries ought to issue the Presentments* necessary to order their individual indictments for their systematic crimes against humanity.

*See: Fifth Amendment. If employed by informed grand juries, the little known presentment power is a legal weapon that could all but eliminate corruption in government. Merely being the target of a grand jury investigation can end a scoundrel’s political career.

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He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.

Freedom is being incrementally submerged in a political cesspool brimming with regulations, prohibitions, and punishments. The Judicial Industry systematically impoverishes—and often imprisons—harmless citizens made “criminal” by legislative license and judicial ukase.

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For imposing taxes on us without our Consent.

With unlimited power to tax* and spend, so-called representatives arrogantly betray the taxpayers among their constituents by squandering huge sums of money on patently unlawful programs.

*Formally educated parasites cash in on complexity where simplicity would work much better. The only just system of tax collection is a pay as you purchase, single sales tax collected without exception or consideration for the purchasers’ ability to pay. The legal terror apparatus referred to as the IRS should be replaced by something called the RDA, or Revenue Distribution Authority.

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For depriving us in many Cases, of the Benefits of Trial by Jury.

Those arrested are at the mercy of the Judicial Industry, which, by virtue of its usurped control of grand juries and its exclusive license to inflict severe consequences for the disobedience of laws whether good or bad, has monopoly control over justice—or the absence of it. Since constitutional due process is an impediment to quick profit, the Judicial Industry dispenses with it whenever possible. Even if an accused has the financial power to defy the threat/bribe of a plea bargain, he will risk a jury that has not been informed of its unalienable right to follow Conscience and vote to acquit in righteous defiance of bad law.

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In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.

Repeatedly trying to elect away what is essentially a legal problem that should be remediable in a court of law simply won’t work. For that, Americans must find the resolve and muster the solidarity necessary to ruthlessly enforce the genuine Law of the Land.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 — is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

 

TRASHING THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

July 17, 2010

TRASHING THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

bastiatlaw@aol.com

tgsammons.wordpress.com

 

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Fourth Amendment

A Man’s house is his castle.

— Sir Edward Coke, The Institutes of the Laws of England

Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, it is the creed of slaves.

— William Pitt

Masked men with automatic weapons are kicking in your front door. But don’t call the police — they are the police.

Guns and Ammo Magazine

They killed my husband to get his land.

— Francis Plante Scott

If there is ever to be an end to the growing tyranny facilitated by the Judicial Industry it must be accomplished by an enforced respect for the genuine Law of the Land. Deliberate violations of the Fourth Amendment should be dealt with by grand jury presentments, ordering the indictment of those who systematically violate the Law of the Land under color of law.

Petit juries should vote to acquit citizens who are accused of violating unjust laws. A person who has done nothing intrinsically criminal should not have been arrested in the first place because unjust laws should not exist in the first place. In addition to the acquittal of the victim of an unjust law, justice demands remedy for his injury at the hands of government.

Searches and seizures based upon laws and judicial interpretations repugnant to the spirit of the Declaration of Independence are morally illegitimate; therefore, they are unreasonable; therefore, they cannot be constitutional. They are in fact, criminal. The Nüremberg Precedent should be applied in order to hold agent predators and judicial parasites accountable for the injury they’ve inflicted upon individuals by systematically violating the Bill of Rights under color of law.

The systematic misuse of police power in America is sanctioned by statutes and supported by statists. Jurors should recognize the moral legitimacy of self and property defense, and acquit defendants accordingly. Should persons who force their way into a harmless person’s abode for the purpose of depriving him of his lawful existence be shot dead by their intended victim, acquittal is in order. Better yet, the grand jury should refuse to indict in such cases of obvious self-defense.

A person’s effects might reveal his harmless personal peculiarities as well as other information that has nothing whatever to do with probable cause or justice. Drug war victims go to jail while their papers and effects lead to the arrest and persecution of others. Then, their papers and effects can lead to the arrest and persecution of others . . . Then, . . . damn! Where does it end?

In 1994, the director of the FBI boasted of thirty-thousand convictions in a ten-year period as a result of wiretaps. There haven’t been thirty-thousand persons who have conspired by telephone to commit terrorist acts, but many harmless individuals have been convicted of conspiracy to possess or sell something that others were willing and eager to pay for.

No conspiracy or so-called pusher is necessary to sell drugs because drugs sell themselves. Drugs promote healing and wellness while recreational drugs enhance fun. To think that persons ingest alcohol to develop cirrhosis and smoke cigarettes hoping for cancer is absurd. If most drug experiences were unpleasant, there would be no demand for drugs.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —   is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

DEFENDING THE AMERICAN IDEAL

July 17, 2010

DEFENDING THE AMERICAN IDEAL

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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tgsammons.wordpress.com

Lawful and legal are not synonyms. There is an ethical element in lawful that is absent in legal. Power that is legal can be lawful only when it does not offend a healthy conscience. And if it offends a healthy conscience, it surely contravenes the principles underpinning the Unanimous Declaration.

No power that contravenes the principles supporting the unamendable July 4, 1776 Action of the Second Continental Congress can rightly be considered lawful. Legal, yes . . . but lawful, no. Odd though it may sound to the uninitiated, a growing number of unlawful laws do in fact exist.

So then, since it has long been evident that elections alone will not rid Americans of the burden of bad laws that support unlawful power, what are concerned citizens to do about it? An Individual surely cannot turn to lawyers and career politicians, a disproportionate number of whom are lawyers. Those who wield power and enjoy the wealth and privilege that power provides are unwilling to relinquish any part of it, even when it is clear that a particular power is downright evil.

Did not Madison warn of such a development in Federalist No.10? According to Madison:

By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

Sixty-three years later, French economist Frederic’ Bastiat shared the following dreadful conclusion:

The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish!

In what is now an America controlled by statists, the law becomes more perverted with each succeeding regime change. A significant number of Americans are aware of the general perversion yet they remain willing to acquiesce in, and sometimes actively support, truly dangerous exceptions to sound principles. Unfortunately, an accumulation of exceptions has the power to render sound principles powerless. Exceptions must be handled like a grenade with the pin removed, leaving the striker immobilized only by a firm grip in the spoon. The moment you relax your grip, the striker lights the fuse and Mr. Grenade is no longer your friendly servant. And so it is with power in the hands of statists.

WE the American People have lost our grip

That having been said, what can be done to establish control of our own political destiny?

Are you ready?

A Justice Fellowship in every jurisdiction in the United States, working in close cooperation with their Informed Grand Jury, and supporting Sui Juris Filings can defend and perpetuate the Organic American Ideal that was approved by Congress assembled on July 4, 1776. The Whigs whipped the Tories back then and I’m convinced that Justice Fellowships could whip the Statists and their illegitimate Judicial Industry in the future.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —   is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.


AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

July 17, 2010

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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Prior to the founding of the ABA in 1878 lawyers were generally sole practitioners who had trained as apprentices.

Today in America, a dangerous Brotherhood of Juris Doctors is America’s most powerful faction.

By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

–James Madison, FEDERALIST #10

Liberty and justice in America have been ill-served by the Brotherhood of Juris Doctors.

But there is also another tendency that is common among people. When they can, they wish to live and prosper at the expense of others. . . . This fatal desire has its origin in the very nature of man – in that primitive, universal, and insuppressible instinct that impels him to satisfy his desires with the least possible pain.

Frederic’ Bastiat, THE LAW

Today, like a pernicious blight that ruins a good crop of oats, the power of money invades every cell of the justice system and destroys its promise.

G. Spence, WITH JUSTICE FOR NONE

Lawyers are everywhere. They abound in our hamlets and swarm in our cities. They overcrowd our legislatures, flourish as the heads of state and, like dead fish too long in the water, rise to the top of our great corporations.

[ibid]

The law is the weapon, the courtroom the battlefield, the judge your enemy and your lawyer is an enemy spy. —Michael H. Brown

When the American Bar Association was founded on August 21, 1878 the seeds for the destruction of constitutional American liberty may very well have been planted and human nature merely took over from there.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —   is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

July 17, 2010

FOLLOW THE MONEY

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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tgsammons.wordpress.com

 

The Drug War is a legal racket.

To perceive the awful truth one must follow the money trail. The core issue is not drugs themselves but the unalienable right to possess and use them. Prohibition is a racket that serves opportunists and parasites on both sides of the law. Drug Prohibition is gateway law that is proving instrumental in the systematic destruction of constitutional American liberty.

The philosophical limit to government power was established by the July 4, 1776 Action of the Second Continental Congress. That Action is in fact America’s Organic Law. Nothing that is repugnant to that Action has lawful Authority. Although such legal abominations do in fact exist, they do so only by the grace of public ignorance and acquiescence.

The persecution referred to as “The War on Drugs” will end when a significant number of Americans become aware of its criminal nature; when they become aware that it is an essential element of the constructed tyranny engulfing America; when they become aware that it is a major contributor to the legal system having become an extortion racket; and when they realize that choosing to self-medicate and/or pursue Happiness by chemical means is a natural right rather than something that can justly be declared a statutory crime.

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. –Thoreau

Wake up America, and strike the root.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —  is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

EVIL-CREEP

July 17, 2010

EVIL-CREEP

(Choosing to be Ruled by a Lesser Evil)

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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Half-measures avail us nothing but disappointment and suffering in the end. Philosophically, when faced with two evils it is probably best to choose neither. When faced with two good things, if possible choose both.

Human nature being what it is, a winning candidate for office will not consider himself an elected lesser evil; instead, he will conduct himself as though those who elected him support his agenda, however unlawful it might be.

Regardless of the possibility of gaining some temporary advantage for myself, I cannot violate my own conscience by encouraging those who are intellectually dishonest or downright wicked.

The lesser-of-evils vote has resulted in the two major parties becoming virtually indistinguishable in their actions – they are in fact near-identical factions seeking control of an enormous economic turf. Once they are in office, they sleep with the enemy by routinely engaging in what is referred to euphemistically as “bipartisanship”.

The lesser evil is still evil.

Consider the cumulative effect of choosing the lesser evil for half a century and a dozen presidential elections. In the very early days of car making, when automobiles were fabricated and assembled by hand, there was a problem called error-creep. As the machine was assembled, the fabricate-’em-as-you-assemble-’em method never quite resulted in parts that fit uniformly, so, they had to be modified. The modifying continued until there was an increasingly serious misalignment of modified parts that had to be laboriously dealt with in order to complete the assembly.

Like the semi-cobbled cars with their awful error creep, American regimes du jour, and the factions that they serve, suffer from evil- creep. So severe is evil-creep today, that it has all but nullified the Bill of Rights . . . unpardonably alienating certain unalienable rights. The consequences of evil-creep have become so dreadfully un-American, that it is unlikely that anything less than a Philosophical Renaissance or a bloody revolution can restore America to it’s former philosophical righteousness.

For me to vote for what I know to be merely a lesser evil is an insult to my common sense, and my hard-earned critical thinking skill as well. Faced with such a dilemma, I’m convinced that it is simply best not to vote. Perhaps someday None Of The Above will appear on every ballot, thereby making it possible for one who is politically disenchanted to vote his conscience.

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Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —  is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

AN AMERICAN HERESY

July 17, 2010

AN AMERICAN HERESY

by

Tinsley Grey Sammons

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Any rational discussion of prohibition is considered heresy by America’s ruling establishment du jour. Since I am by nature hostile to Utopian Folly and those who profit from it, I am fiercely determined to share the conclusions I’ve drawn from a long and intense study of the intrinsically criminal enterprise referred to as: The War on Drugs.

So, what are the prohibitionists afraid of? Do they fear propagation of the truth that the problem they pretend to address is not only insoluble but grossly exaggerated? Are they afraid too, that folks will wise up to the fact that a personal vice is not a crime? Are they also afraid of the loss in Plundering Privilege that might accompany repeal? Since the real cause of a problem must be identified before any serious attempt at a solution can be implemented, I submit that there is a sinister financial motive behind the worsening oppression.

Cui bono?

The Declaration of Independence is America’s fundamental legal source and the final philosophical authority on lawful power. The Declaration is an unamendable promise made to every American. It is in fact a declaraory judgment recorded by the Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776.

The Constitution was created to fulfill the promise of the Declaration. If it can be said that it has a weakness, it is the interpretive vulnerability of the Commerce Clause. The Commerce Clause is the Constitution’s Achilles’ heel. It has given the unprincipled opportunists of America’s professional politician and lawyer burdened legislative bodies virtually unbridled lawmaking power. By wrongful employment of the Commerce Clause, America’s legislators have successfully alienated unalienable rights. Politicians called judges have underwritten the crimes of the elected legislators and executives, and by so doing have become criminals themselves.

American government has become a protection racket by which a Judicial Industry continues to grow like some evil hydra. Those entrusted with our most sacred liberties have become the greed-driven destroyers of those liberties.

Whether consciously or not, individuals and factions are driven by selfish interests. In the absence of ruthless personal accountability, America will continue to degenerate into a totalitarian state, serving the few at the expense of the many.

In politics and government there is no such thing as self-limiting power, so, a significant number of Citizens must act on the certainty that elections alone will never salvage the American Ideal that is so eloquently expressed in the Unanimous Declaration.

Prohibition has created an unacceptable precedent for unlawful power. The legal system of precedents that has supplanted the legitimate Law of the Land has little to do with justice and everything to do with plunder and profit. Judges have become revenue collectors and the courts have become instruments of legal extortion. The outrageous legal income that is produced by unlawful prohibition and other unlawful power goes unnoticed by most folks. But Folks, We the People have a moral duty to ourselves and to our posterity to wake up and destroy the monster . . . in detail.

The Judicial Industry has no interest in ending the evil Drug War. The unfortunate arrested victims and the taxpayers will continue to lose while the judicial plunderers grow richer.

The moral legitimacy of laws that are systematically violated with a clear conscience by more than 30 million or more Americans must be seriously questioned.

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Permission to reprint in whole or in part is granted, provided full credit is given.

Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —  is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina