Skip to comments.On the Power of the Prosecutor
Posted on 01/18/2013 12:07:46 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
A must-read from Radley Balko:
by most estimates, there are at least 4,000 separate criminal laws at the federal level, with another 10,000 to 300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally. Just this year 400 new federal laws took effect, as did 29,000 new state laws. The civil libertarian and defense attorney Harvey Silverglate has argued that most Americans now unknowingly now commit about three felonies per day.
But you, citizen, are expected to know and comply with all of these laws. That isnt possible, of course. It would probably take you most of the year to understand them all, at which point youd have the next years batch of new laws to learn. Youd probably also need to hire a team of attorneys to help you translate the laws into terms you can understand. After the McCain-Feingold legislation passed in 2003, for example, both parties held weekly, three-hour classes just to educate members of Congress on how to comply with the bill they had just passed. This is a bill they wrote that applied to themselves, and they still had to bring in high-paid lawyers explain to them how not to break it...
We need to move away from the idea that every act we find immoral, repugnant, or unsavory needs to be criminalized. Every new criminal law gives prosecutors more power. Once we have so many laws that its likely were all breaking at least one of them, the prosecutors job is no longer about enforcing the laws, but about choosing which laws to enforce.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
I think the Soviets did the same thing with laws like that that they did with shortages. The peasants were much easier to control and locate when they had to spend most of their time in line waiting for basic staples- bread, water, milk, flour. Then, the cops can just go stand by the line and monitor everyone or pull them out of line and punish them.
“And what is good and what is not good, Phaedrus, need we ask others to know these things?”
You don’t need to ask. Everyone in the world will tell you.....if it’s to their benefit.
No one seems to understand. ALL of these LAWS are of the same type as those created by the Pharisees, so that they could gain more control of the citizenry.
God only gave us 10 laws and we have a difficult time trying to keep those.
What we all truly need is common sense, but that doesn’t seem so common any more. I think it is a gift of God, and since so many are turning away from Him, it is less prevalent.