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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Hey, Fellow Liberty Lovers: Let's All Make “Census Weasel” One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in Amerika!

It's not even 2010 yet, but that's not stopping our fascist overlords inside the Rome-on-the-Potomac Beltway from unleashing upon us hoards of otherwise unemployable losers to pry into aspects of our lives that are, not to put too fine a point on it, none of ROTP's goddamn business. How about us freedom lovers making this clear to them in no uncertain terms?

For the edification of the sociopathic scum who are behind this naked attempt at domestic spying for selfish partisan and power-seeking purposes, the United States Constitution that they routinely spit upon, but which they do not hesitate to use as weapon to justify ill-gotten power over us, has exactly this and this only to say about on the subject of what has come to be called “the census:”

The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. --Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution

For the benefit of the historically ignorant (i.e., the Majority), this passage merits some explanation.

The first meeting of Congress1 took place in March, 1789 after a sufficient majority of States (nine of them, the two-thirds required as stated in Article VII) ratified the Constitution, making it Law of the Land. The first “Enumeration” took place the following year at the decade mark, well within the three-year requirement for the initial count. So far so clear, right? Now let's look at the definition of the verb “enumerate” as offered by both the Oxford English Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary online (a convenient lexical aid for webitorialists).

From the OED's "Ask Oxford" Web Portal:

enumerate
/inyoomrayshun/
• noun 1 to mention one by one. 2 to formally establish a number
— DERIVATIVES enumerable adjective enumeration noun enumerative adjective.
— ORIGIN Latin enumerare ‘count out’.

From the MWOD:
enumeration
Main Entry:
enu·mer·ate
Pronunciation:
\i-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrāt\
Function:
transitive verb
Inflected Form(s):
enu·mer·at·ed; enu·mer·at·ing
Etymology:
Latin enumeratus, past participle of enumerare, from e- + numerare to count, from numerus number
1 : to ascertain the number of : count 2 : to specify one after another : list
— enu·mer·a·tion \-ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
— enu·mer·a·tive \-ˈn(y)ü-mə-ˌrā-tiv, -ˈn(y)üm-rə-, -ˈn(y)ü-mə-rə-\ adjective

Note, if you will, that the Constitution's framers were careful to use the term “Enumeration” and not the word “Census”, which is defined here and here in the OED and MWOD, respectively. Also note carefully the differences in the definitions of the two terms: “enumeration” simply means counting, while “census” means surveying or assessing. This is not a trivial distinction. The founders intended for the “Enumeration” to be used exactly for the purpose of counting the population, nothing more. It was certainly not intended for gathering intricate demographic details about the citizenry for extra-constitutional partisan political purposes. A cursory glance at the original text of Article I, Section 2 reveals that the only demographic information of concern to the federal government was the number of slaves and Indians, and the only reason for this distinction (and the now-controversial enumeration of a slave as three-fifths of a free man) was to prevent the slave-holding states at the time from inflating the percentage of their citizens who held the franchise, thereby enabling them to gain Congressional representation out of proportion to the actual number of free citizens resident in such states and thus allowing slave-holding states to expand that institution through the Legislative branch. Otherwise, the only information sought was the number of persons in each state, period. Whether they were rich, poor, married, single, laborers, landowners, native-born, or naturalized was irrelevant.

All of which brings us back to the “Census”, a process nowhere even remotely authorized by the Constitution, that has been foisted upon us in an increasingly intrusive manner by Leviathan since at least the turn of the 20th Century and the dawn of the “Progressive” [sic] Era.”

So by what authority does Leviathan take a “census” of us, its hapless subjects? According to the Census Bureau's website, such authority is outlined in Title 13 of the United States Code. Reading the code, a typically long-winded pile of bureaucratic verbal excrement that is typical of its kind, you will note that while Section 1, sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) are written essentially in harmony with Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution, it contains not one single reference to that clause. Fiats by federal courts or the Executive Imperium itself notwithstanding, any federal “code”, “executive order”, “instruction”, “policy”, “regulation”, or other executive fiat that does not contain a reference to or that is not based in substance upon an appropriate clause of the Constitution is null, void, and without force. In the case of Title 13 specifically, its substantive content beyond sub-paragraphs 1(a) and 1(b) actually violates Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution by authorizing mid-decade censuses for non-enumerative purposes and that such information gathered is not to be used for the establishment of Congressional districts or determination of Congressional representation. Such actions are, in fact, the only purposes for which the Constitution authorizes a census; it is not to be used for determining eligibility to feed at the unconstitutional federal slop trough that has become the bane of the citizenry. This alone is enough to drive a legal and moral stake through the current “census's” heart and render it legally null and void.

Last, but certainly not least, there is the issue of privacy. For those naïve and disconnected sheep who stilll believe tthat anything emanating from USG sources is anything but a lie, particularly the Census Bureau's official bovine excrement that census data is used only for the purpose of determining Congressional Districts, I have just three words for you: Japanese-American Internment. Yes, dear naïve fools, it was data from the 1940 Census that the government used to locate, dispossess, and intern, like common criminals, Japanese-Americans in the opening months of World War II. Is there any doubt in a reasonable person's mind that the fascist police state now evolving before our very eyes will have ANY qualms whatsoever about using the Census Bureau as just another weapon in its bureaucratic armory of tyranny tools? How many Americans (or is that Amoricons?) will follow in the footsteps of yesteryear's Nissei, and provide the State with the rope that will be used in their own execution? Most of these Japanese-Americans no doubt wanted to prove themselves “loyal and patriotic Americans” in the face of mass prejudice by obeying the State's diktat to provide personal information about themselves. The obviously never imagined that their demographic information would be used to strip them of both their freedom and human dignity, but that's exactly what happened. Contemporary Americans, having this history lesson as an example (whether or not they'll learn anything from it is another issue altogether), have no reason to be so trusting.

So to get back to the theme of this missive's title, what do we freedom lovers do when confronted by an officious busybody on the State's payroll who tries to pry into areas of our lives that are none of his employer's business? Montana businessman Gary Barnett posted this piece of advice on LewRockwell.com a little while back, and it's a great place to start. However, I propose some more direct action, consisting basically of the following three steps:

  • Providing nothing but the number of members of your household on the Census 2010 questionnaire.

  • Ditto the previous if visited by a census weasel. Tell them that you will provide the number of people living your household – nothing more! Cite Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution if necessary, reminding the weasel(s) that enumeration for the purposes of determining Congressional representation is the only legal justification for what they are doing and that therefore they need no other information than the number of residents in your household.

  • If said census weasel tenaciously refuses to accept this information and threatens legal action, tell him in no uncertain terms to GET LOST, that you too are invoking your legal rights under the Fourth Amendment. Yes, you read correctly: personal information is property and you are under no legal obligation to cede such personal information to anyone without your consent or just compensation (tell the census weasel[s] that if they want any additional information other than the number of residents in your household, it will cost them and that you're willing to negotiate a price). Crazy and illogical, you say? No more so than the idea that a “Census” is constitutionally sanctioned and that the federal government has any right whatsoever to use such a process to collect personal information about you for the purpose of using the State to steal your money to dole out to the undeserving.

  • If the census weasel attempts to use force to enter your residence or compel you to answer its questions, let them know in no uncertain terms that they are trespassing on your property and that if they do not leave your property within sixty seconds that you will employ deadly force against them. I, for one, intend to have such deadly force on my person and at the ready when making this promise just to drive the point home.
Dear readers, if every American takes this combination of approaches, these losers to whom the Census Bureau is paying a subsidy to commit identity theft against American citizens will think twice, thrice, or four times or more about taking the easy way to earning a living and will apply for jobs at the nearest fast food outlet, janitorial service, or some other private-sector business where they can earn their keep without robbing the taxpayers.

2 Comments:

Blogger Isaac and/or Becky said...

Sounds good to me. I'm in. But what about when the Weasels record the GPS coordinates of my house? I've been daydreaming about sneaking up from behind, nabbing the device, and running like the wind (but not for long since I'm sure very few Weasels will be fit enough to catch me), then disposing of the troublesome device in peace. There's got to be a more sophisticated method though.

10:19 PM, June 05, 2009  
Blogger liberranter said...

Funny you should mention that strategy. It's one I've actually thought about when the time comes for a "visit" from one of these creatures in full, official, prying and snooping capacity.

I apparently neglected to mention it clearly in the original post, but two of these unemployed mopes came to my front door about a month ago asking directions to a neighbor's address (I and my neighbors live in a rural area, making access to us by tax parasites difficult compared to the 'burbs), which, needless to say, I didn't provide. Significantly, the first words out of their mouths were "We're from the government, with the census bureau", as if I was supposed to drop down and genuflect in awe and give them the keys to the house. And of course when one of them had the effrontery to state that "census data is kept confidential for 72 years after collection", I couldn't help but smirk out loud. I only regret not adding those famous three words: "Japanese-Americans,1942."

Seriously, my question is: What is the best legal strategy to use next year to confine these prying busybodies to collecting ONLY that information that is relevant to the enumeration's constitutional purpose? In other words, collecting the number of individuals in each household and NOTHING MORE! I, for one, will give them NOT ONE SCRAP of additional information.

8:36 PM, July 16, 2009  

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