Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Blank Check Traffic Stops

The Rutherford Institute

By John W. Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead

“The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

We’ve all been there before.

You’re driving along and you see a pair of flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror. Whether or not you’ve done anything wrong, you get a sinking feeling in your stomach.

You’ve read enough news stories, seen enough headlines, and lived in the American police state long enough to be anxious about any encounter with a cop that takes place on the side of the road.

For better or worse, from the moment you’re pulled over, you’re at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to “serve and protect.”

This is what I call “blank check policing,” in which the police get to call all of the shots.…

The State’s Covid Response Is a Cancer for the Freedom of Humanity

Gary D. Barnett

“It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property, since they pre-exist, and his work is only to secure them from injury. It is not true that the mission of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our will, our education, our sentiments, our works, our exchanges, our gifts, our enjoyments. Its mission is to prevent the rights of one from interfering with those of another, in any one of these things.” ~  Frederic Bastiat (1850). “The Law”, p.64

It is agonizing to discuss human rights, or rights specific to the people in this country, because at this point in time no rights exist. George Carlin explained this in honest and simple terms when he said: “There’s no such thing as rights. They’re imaginary. We made them up.” One of the main problems that would explain this phenomenon is the crutch for ‘rights’ in this country has always been reliance on the Constitution. This notion in and of itself explains everything about American’s misunderstanding of rights. The Constitution is a government document that supposedly outlines rights, but if government is explaining and dictating what rights exist, then none exist. To make things worse, this same document so seemingly revered by the public, gave the political class, the same political class initiating and putting into law this piece of parchment, unlimited rights to steal through forced taxation, powers to war, to control all commerce, to coin and control all money, to borrow money against the citizens wealth, and much more.…

One Nation Under House Arrest: How Do COVID-19 Mandates Impact Our Freedoms?

The Rutherford Institute

We have become one nation under house arrest. You think we’re any different from the Kentucky couple fitted out with ankle monitoring bracelets and forced to quarantine at home? We’re not. Consider what happened to Elizabeth and Isaiah Linscott. Elizabeth took a precautionary diagnostic COVID-19 test before traveling to visit her parents and grandparents in Michigan. It came back positive: Elizabeth was asymptomatic for the novel coronavirus but had no symptoms. Her husband and infant daughter tested negative for the virus. Now in a country where freedom actually means something, the Linscotts would have the right to determine for themselves how to proceed responsibly, but in the American Police State, we’ve only got as much freedom as the government allows. That’s not saying much. Indeed, it’s a dangerous time for anyone who still clings to the idea that freedom means the right to think for yourself and act responsibly according to your best judgment.

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Tyranny in America: What Can’t They Do?

LibertyPen

America’s governors have been flexing the political muscle by violating the rights of citizens by proclamation. Are there any limits to their power?

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