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Title: Our Former Right to Travel – And How to Reclaim It
Source: Eric Peters Autos
URL Source: https://www.ericpetersautos.com/201 ... -travel-and-how-to-reclaim-it/
Published: May 7, 2019
Author: Eric
Post Date: 2019-05-10 08:55:31 by Deckard
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Views: 234
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Control mobility – free movement – and you have controlled the population. Their other rights are automatically cheapened into functional irrelevance if the right to come and go without permission and free from interference is denied.

And so it has been.

It took a couple of generations, but most Americans seem to implicitly accept the idea that travel  – even on foot – is a conditional privilege conferred (and legitimately regulated) by “the government.” Which of course is just an evasive euphemism for the busybodies and control freaks who have somehow acquired a legal monopoly on the use of force – and who use its threat (and actuality) to enforce their busybody/control freak ideas.

One of these ideas is that movement beyond the threshold of your driveway – or the door to your apartment – is a kind of implicit permission-seeking from these control freaks and busybodies – who by dint of getting us to accept that we need their permission to move beyond the threshold of our driveways and doors explicitly assert their ownership of everything beyond the threshold of our driveways and door.

Including, of course, us.

We are their livestock – animals to be ear-tagged and corralled, our movements strictly supervised. Not free men.

Our rights a laughingstock . . .

Which of course, they are. Can you think of any which remain inviolate? Which have not also transitioned – somehow – into conditional privileges? We are now obliged to get a permission slip to do almost everything we used to be free to just do – including travel.

We need permission to practice our trade, to carry the means of self-defense, to transact business – even to speak our minds.  All of them restricted by dint of requiring the by-your-leave of the busybodies and control freaks who constitute “the government.”

We didn’t used to have to beg permission to exercise what were once the acknowledged rights of free men.

It used to be accepted in principle – and within living memory – that every free citizen had a right to go about his business freely… which necessarily included the right to travel freely.

That is to say, without being arbitrarily molested by government goons – i.e., having your travel arbitrarily interrupted by a government goon who forces you to produce “papers,” looks you over, interrogates you about where you have been and where you are going, etc.

Before the 1980s, Americans weren’t subjected to such degradation – to such tyranny, which can be defined as the exercise of arbitrary power.

People who hadn’t violated any laws, who were merely going about their business, enjoyed a comforting feeling of being secure in their persons and effects, as the old-timey language styled it.

They knew they were free to travel.

One could travel across the entire country and – provided no laws were broken – never have to deal with a government goon. Because of this fact, there weren’t any government goons. There were peace officers; sometimes called cops or police. They concerned themselves with criminals, who were few in number and self-identified by committing crimes.

They did not treat every citizen as a presumptive criminal.

But then the law changed.

Free travel was redefined into a conditional privilege, revocable at whim.

America became very much like East Germany in that Americans were no longer free to travel. Now, the courts ruled, Americans could be subjected to random stops by arbitrary authority – just because they happened to be there – and required by law to produce their “papers,” suffer their vehicle and its interior to be at least visually inspected by a government goon looking for an excuse to inspect it more thoroughly, have intrusive questions asked by the government goon – and so on.

This was deemed “reasonable” by the courts – which made the argument that the “compelling interests” of the busybodies and control freaks who constitute “the government” trumped the people’s rights.

And so a right became a conditional privilege – via a stroke of judicial fiat. Arbitrary power asserting the legitimacy of the exercise of arbitrary power.

The 190 proof essence of tyranny.

Americans were at a stroke placed in exactly the same position – in principle – as a prison inmate. Neither are free to travel. Both must have permission to travel, a priori – and produce evidence of their having obtained this permission upon demand.

How is a citizen forced to stop at a checkpoint materially different than a prisoner forced to stop at a gate, show his ID tag to the guards, pass muster and so on before the gate clanks open an he is allowed to proceed?

If there is a difference, it’s one without much distinction.

Which is why it is so important to recover the right to freely travel.

This will require resurrecting a concept much trampled upon:

Presumptive innocence of wrongdoing.

The mere fact that one is traveling – whether by car, by foot or otherwise – ought not, as such, to be sufficient legal cause to require that the person traveling demonstrate to the satisfaction of a government busybody that he hasn’t committed an illegal act.

Certainly absent any prior reason to suspect him of such.

A person merely walking down the street – even if it’s the middle of the night –  should not have to produce “papers” on demand – or answer questions. He ought to be free to travel.

Period.

And the same for people in cars or on bicycles, etc.

So long as no harm has been caused – and in the absence of specific reason to suspect a crime has been committed – no one should be required to submit to arbitrary demands for his “papers,” or endure questioning or any other interference with his right to go about his business, freely. Because to require him to submit to such arbitrary authority is the difference between a free man – and two-legged cattle.

That used to be understood.

It needs to be remembered.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

A person merely walking down the street – even if it’s the middle of the night – should not have to produce “papers” on demand – or answer questions. He ought to be free to travel.

What about my freedom to sleep safely in my bed without murderers, rapists, and burglars walking through my neighborhood at 3am? They get a pass? We have to wait until they commit a crime before we can merely talk to them?

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-10   9:11:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Our Former Right to Travel

We no longer have the right to travel? Damn!

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-10   10:01:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

Which demonstrates there is too much law enforcement the result of too many laws

paraclete  posted on  2019-05-10   19:10:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: misterwhite (#1)

You don't have a right to be protected from potential crimes. The police don't even have the duty to protect you. You DO have the right to travel freely. It was within my lifetime that WW II movies would show the difference between the US and the Nazis. Where are your papers? Are your papers in order? Why are you not wearing your star or yamulke? That was Nazi Germany. In America, you were not required to carry a license or Identification, let along produce it on command, or produce it to travel in a car, on a bike, on a bus, on the train, or on the plane. We are not safer because of giving that right to travel away. We are much less safe.

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2019-05-10   21:01:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: jeremiad (#4)

That was Nazi Germany.

That was the German government. We don't have a federal ID.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-11   10:33:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: jeremiad (#4)

You don't have a right to be protected from potential crimes.

"Every society has a right to fix the fundamental principles of its association, and to say to all individuals, that if they contemplate pursuits beyond the limits of these principles and involving dangers which the society chooses to avoid, they must go somewhere else for their exercise; that we want no citizens, and still less ephemeral and pseudo-citizens, on such terms. We may exclude them from our territory, as we do persons infected with disease."
--Thomas Jefferson to William H. Crawford, 1816.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-11   10:37:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: misterwhite, paraclete, jeremiad (#5)

We don't have a federal ID.

You certainly naive bobby.

Real I.D.

Starting last January, only residents of states that signed on to the federal government's REAL ID scheme were permitted to fly or enter federal buildings using their state ID.

Because every state ultimately surrendered to federal demands and agreed to issue standardized identification (though under a façade of local design and color), the ID cards in your pocket continue to work—at least until the full program kicks in during 2020.

"Starting January 22, 2018, travelers who do not have a license from a compliant state or a state that has been granted an extension…will be asked to provide alternate acceptable identification," warned the Department of Homeland Security. "If the traveler cannot provide an acceptable form of identification, they will not be permitted through the security checkpoint."

For years, amidst arguments over privacy and local control, many states remained defiant, with 32 states and territories hesitating to turn their driver's licenses into glorified federal identification documents as recently as 2016. But federal pressure, including the prospect of many Americans being turned away from airports and office buildings, caused them to cave one after another. Some, like Arizona, made compliant documents voluntary, so that people willing to forego passage through TSA checkpoints or access to federal buildings and facilities could also skip the new ID standards. That was enough to satisfy the feds and keep existing documents acceptable until 2020.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-05-11   11:47:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Deckard (#7)

"Actually, the feds carefully insist that "REAL ID does not create a federal database."

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-11   12:03:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: misterwhite (#8) (Edited)

"Actually, the feds carefully insist that "REAL ID does not create a federal database."

Why do you believe that fed.gov would be honest?

So, no, not one big database—just a bunch of smaller ones linked together to act like one big database. And those linked databases contain the amassed, hacker-bait details of millions of identification documents necessary for air travel and access to government facilities.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-05-11   12:56:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Deckard (#9)

So, no, not one big database—just a bunch of smaller ones linked together to act like one big database.

Controlled by the states.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-11   13:35:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Deckard (#7)

The "real ID" is a passport to travel within the US. You still need one to travel outside the US, but it is a license to travel, and you are not in control of the means of conveyance. So there is no right to travel as guaranteed by the ratification of the Constitution. The Constitutions is null and void on many fronts, and the legal government that no longer exists has no hold on my loyalty. I love this land, I love the people, but the government is the enemy of both.

THIS IS A TAG LINE...Exercising rights is only radical to two people, Tyrants and Slaves. Which are YOU? Our ignorance has driven us into slavery and we do not recognize it.

jeremiad  posted on  2019-05-12   20:58:33 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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