Skip to comments.As Criminal Laws Proliferate, More Are Ensnared
Posted on 07/23/2011 9:13:16 AM PDT by DManA
As federal criminal statutes have ballooned, it has become increasingly easy for Americans to end up on the wrong side of the law. Many of the new federal laws also set a lower bar for conviction than in the past: Prosecutors don't necessarily need to show that the defendant had criminal intent.
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Let’s face it folks — we’re all criminals now. It’s only a matter of whether the Feds decide to prosecute, and on what “charge.”
Isn’t there a Chinese proverb to the effect that the proliferation of laws is indicative of a States decline? Anybody know the proverb?
Which is exactly the government's intent. We become afraid and will submit to anything in order to stay below the radar.
Buffalo Springfield had no idea they'd be talking about their liberal idols when they wrote "For What It's Worth".
Welcome to the new East Germany.
“Atlas Shrugged. “
Yes, there’s that great quote (made to Hank Rearden) from the book that a fellow Freeper puts up from time to time.
I hope he sees this thread and posts it again. I wanted to add it to my archives of great quotes, but missed it the last time.
We want them broken. Were after power and we mean it. Theres no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there arent enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws...now, thats the system, Mr. Rearden, thats the game...
I can’t remember the quote.......... “all that is not mandatory is banned” ...... or something to that effect.
I got so much more from it at this age and experience in these times.
A corollary to the "everyone is a criminal" meme is Animal Farm where the Pigs are "more equal" and therefore above the law.
The Marxist dope smoking hippies don't even realize that their rage against cops as "pigs" is sourced from there, and it is SOCIALIST cops that become pigs, whereas Peace Officers temper law with Justice so the spirit of the law prevails for everyone equally, not zero tolerance letter of law tyranny.
Thanks for being there, guys.
We are not now, and I believe never will be again, the Country of free, independent people our Founders envisioned.
I read it in “The Once and Future King” by IIRC T.E.White.
“Whatever is not prohibited is mandatory”.
In the ant kingdom King Arthur as a boy, saw the sign, when Merlin was teaching him by having him become various creatures.
Thanks, I knew I had the general idea, but couldn’t remember the quote or source.
That phrase has always stuck with me.
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I understand how these laws can be made with good intentions in *some* cases. But the punishments do not fit the crimes if they can even be called that.
Punishments should only be handed out for intentional or reckless acts with EXTREMELY RARE exception.
Then we have the problem that not only can you be charged in State or federal court, but you can actually be charged in both for the same crime. So much for “double jeopardy”.
But the worst slap in the face above all is that all things being equal, they ain’t equal.
Imagine being white and intimidating blacks in a voting area. Think that the justice department would prosecute you for it? Or is it now a legal defense that your people have suffered enough already?
There are also thousands of regulations that carry criminal penalties.
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The American Bar Association. . .in the late 1990s. . .said "the amount of individual citizen behavior now potentially subject to federal criminal control has increased in astonishing proportions in the last few decades."
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Some of these new federal statutes don't require prosecutors to prove criminal intent, eroding a bedrock principle in English and American law.
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Occasionally, Americans are going to prison in the U.S. for violating the laws and rules of other countries.
Many of you have disparaged John Stossel for his views, but he was telling you this years ago. You just dismissed him as a libertarian idiot. I love you guys here at FR, but as JS would say...give me a break!
What percentage of the numerous federal crimes discussed in this article depend on the Commerce Clause for their existence?
I suspect it's a high percentage.
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