As I scrolled through my Facebook memories, I discovered the following artwork here, being shared by the page, “Voluntaryism is Freedom,” which I originally posted to my own wall in June of 2016, and decidedly re-shared it, while adding a commentary…
“Statism: The brilliant idea that we give a small group of people the right to kidnap, steal from, and kill us, so that we can be ‘protected’ from people who kidnap, steal from, and kill us.”
My Commentary: Critical thinking is mandatory in the quest for enlightenment.
(note: though I previously shared a slightly different version of this artwork in April of 2014, within my post, “The Ridiculous Logic of Statism,” I still felt compelled to offer up an alternative commentary when I saw it again, due to the inspiring nature of these words)
Greg C.: You can watch from across the street but you can’t push up on police doing their jobs. We can’t second guess police officers from doing their jobs. We can demand that they be held liable for their actions if they break the law.
Rayn: Just “doing their job”… Sure… And, so were the Nazis…
“Just. Doing. [Their]. Job.”
The Arkansas State representative, Mr. John Walker, who was originally recording the police encounter from across the street, was approached by two officers, who then engaged in the federal crime of “witness tampering,” by harassing, intimidating, attempting to use corrupt persuasion, and engaging in misleading conduct, in order to pressure Mr. Walker into ceasing his ac of publicly recording. The officers claimed that Mr. Walker was video recording the police encounter to “provoke” officers, and also claimed Mr. Walker to be a “race baiter.” And, even as the police officers originally stated to Mr. Walker that there were two men being detained, before walking away from him, they admitted that anyone inside of the pulled-over car wasn’t visible, because the windows were darkened.
Meanwhile, when Mr. Walker came closer to the scene, it quickly become apparent that he only did so in order to film the faces of the two men from the car that were being detained by police, as one was still inside the car, and unable to be seen from his original vantage point – even by police admission. With this action, he was then FALSELY arrested under the ludicrous charge of “obstruction of a governmental operation.” Yet, according to law, “a person is guilty of obstructing governmental operations when he intentionally obstructs, impairs or hinders the performance of a governmental function by using or threatening to use violence, force or physical interference.” Mr. Walker did not, IN ANY WAY, physically interfere with the activities of the officers. He didn’t touch them, nor did he come between them and the car they were surrounding, nor did he come between them and the two men from the car that they were detaining. He certainly didn’t “PUSH UP” on the officers, by ANY definition of the term.(Click Here to Continue Reading This Post) →
On Thursday morning, the state Assembly transportation committee will discuss that measure and two similar bills as it holds a hearing to consider how the Garden State can crack down on distracted driving.
The panel will also hear testimony from the National Transportation Safety Board on an issue that data shows has become a leading cause for fatal care crashes in the age of cell phones and other gadgets.
My Commentary: Victimless pre-crime “laws”: providing agents of the State the “legal” pretext to accost otherwise innocent and peaceful people, in the hopes of extorting them “for their safety.” Question or resist this injustice, and you will be beaten, arrested, thrown into a cage, and/or murdered.
Repeat after me: We are free! We just need more laws! We just need more taxes! We just need the right ruler! 😉
Virgil Vaduva is a reporter for the Greene County Herald. He is known throughout Greene County for his tireless activism on several fronts, including fighting for the rights of the poor and homeless. Tuesday, March the 31st, Virgil was sentenced for his “crime” of “panhandling” for the poor. What was the sentence? Judge Murray handed down the maximum sentence of 30 days in jail. He even added extra “punishment” of 100 hours of community service, to be carried out within 90 days.