Monday, January 16, 2012

"Destructive of these ends..."

According to our nation's founding document, government is instituted to secure Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- and when such government fails to do so, it is subject to alteration or abolishment.

Perhaps it's time folks in Massachusetts -- where the "shot heard 'round the world" was fired -- dust off that old document and remember their heritage...
Here’s the final outcome of the Anthony McKay case:
If you defend your family and property from a knife-wielding druggie in Massachusetts, you’d better be prepared to also defend yourself from the justice system, too.
McKay is the young father who, seeing a local druggie breaking into his truck and stealing the tools he uses to pay the bills, confronted him, subdued him and held him for the police. When the police arrived, they found the bad guy had a knife, a billy club and — thanks to the unarmed McKay — a broken jaw.
Instead of thanking McKay for helping get an armed criminal off the streets, Swampscott officials charged him with a felony. As a Swampscott police spokesman said at the time, “We don’t urge anybody to fight back. We want them to call us.”
Adding insult to injury, when Anthony's brother, Ken, requested a permit to protest outside the courthouse while prosecutors decided what to do with Anthony, he was told by police that was illegal and he'd be arrested.  Are the First Amendment's provisions really beyond the reading comprehension of that State's officials?

So to sum up:
- A citizen is arrested for using force to defend his property (how dare he violate The State's monopoly!)
- His brother is informed he, too, will be arrested, if he leads a peaceful assembly to protest this nonsense.
- Prosecutors drop the charge, defend the statute... and assert their prerogative to selectively pursue such cases.  (Hello?  Equal justice under the law?  Are we governed by laws or men?)

At what point will the tyrannies of all these petty bureaucracies add up to a realization that government here is now more an impediment than a guarantor of our Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness?

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