How can we dispute the nature of one's intentions when they insist that their actions are in the interest of our safety? It seems that when any one of the police state's thousands of tentacles are questioned a firm and swift reminder is issued that these actions are in our best interest.
Your editor was recently snared in a seat belt sting operation located on a side street next to the Home Depot. The officer said not wearing a seat belt placed me in a perilous position and issued a warning citation. This was the second violation in one year.
It is nearly impossible to carry out normal business in America without breaking a law of some sort. In stark contrast to the intentions of our founding fathers we are now guilty until proven innocent. The men who escaped tyranny and persecution to found this nation knew that a government body would always act to restrict freedoms. This fact caused them to erect walls between the government and the citizen hoping to fend off this beast.
Today this picture was taken at a gas station located in a high income area of town next to popular lunch spots.
This officer sits on private property as he waits for any small violation then leaps from his perch to issue a citation. The city needs revenue badly. No one in power has asked if there is any connection between the lack of tax producing business activity and the onerous regulation imposed on risk takers? Also, real estate values have fallen 70% in some areas drastically lowering revenue from property taxes. Instead of fostering growth the city has responded with more inspections including code officers working on weekends to enforce a growing number of rules.
All of this is for our safety so how can we dispute these actions?