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2015-01-23 07:15 by Karl Denninger
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The Point Of My Articles On Lawlessness

It's rather amusing to go through my emailbag from time to time.

Most of my email is quite boring.  The notification that my latest credit card bill (or bank statement) is ready for me to look at, the daily notification emails from my computer systems telling me about anything noteworthy (the usual "most interesting" line is the count of how many hundreds of spams it interdicted and smashed) and the content off a few mailing lists I follow on various techie-style topics that interest me (including FreeBSD.)

I also use it as an incoming article queue; when perusing various media I'll often make a note via an email to myself, usually with a link to whatever caught my attention, as a tickler file of sorts for later Ticker writing.

And finally, there's correspondence from various people, some random "Over the transom" stuff and some from people who I know at varying levels of understanding, from folks that I have only an electronic "relationship" with to those who I've met a few times at this or that event.  (Those who are my actual associates or friends tend to either call or text me rather than email.)

The latter frequently is someone random letting me know they think I'd be interested in this article or news item or that.  Most of the time I've already seen it and either have something queued on it or don't think it's worth a note, but not always.  Those pieces are always useful to me, so if you've been one of the folks sending them, even if all you get back is "I've already seen it; thanks!" please don't stop -- the occasional "hit" on something I've not seen is quite valuable.

The remainder, however, is a hodge-podge of everything, and some of it is rather repetitive in tone if not content.

So here's the point of this article -- a few have wondered repeatedly, either through the tone of what they email me or through outright request, why I keep writing about the cops and their actions.

Let me point something out for the peanut gallery: My articles about such are in fact a quite-small percentage of those dealing with various forms of corruption in government agencies and private industry.

Where, may I ask, is those people's outrage directed at the other forms of corruption?  Let me give you just a few examples of article titles from a search on Tickers I just ran across the entire archive base using just that one word -- "corruption" -- as a key.

The Great Swindle (from both right and left)
When will perjury be prosecuted as the crime it is?
Anti-Vaccination -- Irrational Or Something Else?
But Ron Paul's Campaign Was CLEAN!
If it's illegal where are the indictments?
Where are the handcuffs? (Jefferson County)

Gary Johnson: Government Corrupt, Prosecution = Snipes
Bald LIES from the Right
Oh Look!  More Accounting Fraud!
More Crony Capitalism?
China: And Now, We Steal What IS Nailed Down
Mass Joinder Update: Holy Moly
Dispelling More Fukushima Fearmongering BS
Illegal Activity By a Bank?  Shut Up And Pay!
Lies from the Left

That's just a random grab-bag and none of them have (much) of anything to do with the cops.

Well, except one thing -- there appear to be a paucity of arrests and prosecutions associated with any of this activity.

And there's the point, you see.

Our nation is founded on the principle that government flows from consent of the governed, not the other way around.  Further, peace officers (or whatever they want to call themselves) are themselves civilians so if they do not enforce all of the laws against all of the people (and corporations) all of the time they are by their actions refusing consent.

Anyone in the "executive" branch of the government is charged with faithfully executing the law.  That includes every sworn officer all the way up to Eric Holder and President Obama.  This is not a discretionary duty.

Most States explicitly codify this, as does the Federal Government.  Florida, for example, provides:

It is declared to be the policy of the state that public officers and employees, state and local, are agents of the people and hold their positions for the benefit of the public. They are bound to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State Constitution and to perform efficiently and faithfully their duties under the laws of the federal, state, and local governments.

You cannot faithfully perform your duties under the law if you pick and choose what laws you will enforce or who you will enforce them against.

That's our biggest problem in this country, at least in my view, with a close second being the pussification of our nation when it comes to political correctness.

Let's not mince words: 

2008 could not have happened without rampant lawless behavior by banksters in the years leading up to the crash.  Not only did the crash dispossess millions of Americans of their hard-earned funds but in addition millions more effectively stole those funds in the years leading up to the crash and yet nobody was prosecuted for any of it.

Hundreds of Mexican citizens and one US border agent would not have died but for the intentional lawless behavior of the BATFE up the line to Eric Holder himself with "Fast-n-Furious."  Nobody was prosecuted for any of it.

9/11 happened because our FBI ignored multiple reports from credible sources (including a flight simulator owner) that a bunch of towel-heads were paying for time on his unit with cash (unheard of) and didn't want to know how to land (which, of course, is what any real pilot would have to spend most of his or her time learning and getting right.)  3,000 people died as a direct consequence and instead of holding the people in our government accountable we got The Sexual Assault (TSA) groping us at airports in "response" and hundreds of billions blown on an agency that has accomplished nothing (DHS.)  Nobody was prosecuted or even fired for the gross dereliction of duty that directly led to 3,000 dead Americans.

A little girl was blown up (literally) in Detroit by lazy cops who couldn't be bothered to wait out a suspect and a second kid had pretty much the same thing happen in the Atlanta area -- both cases were utterly unnecessary uses of force as there was no evidence that either suspect was imminently dangerous to anyone (and in both cases the suspect sought wasn't even there!) Innocent parties were severely injured or killed as a consequence of these acts and nobody was prosecuted for it.

Garner was killed for the "crime" of selling a legally owned item to another person who could also legally own it.  This is identical in form and effect to having a cop strangle me to death for buying you a beer in a bar and yet nobody was prosecuted for his death.

Brown was killed for an arrest-worthy offense (assaulting an officer) but whether the shooting was justified was never presented to a trial court and jury.  The Grand Jury proceedings were intentionally corrupted by the prosecutor in order to produce the desired outcome he wanted, a gross defilement of his office for which nobody was prosecuted.

The cops in NYC have staged a "work slowdown" that amounts to intentional dereliction of their sworn duty; not only has this demonstrated the outrageous nature of their actual activity most of the time, including the quota system that underlies their and most other departments (whether "soft" or otherwise) it is a rank corruption of justice in the first instance.  Not one indictment has issued related to these activities.

There are some who think I'm somehow "anti-police."  Nope.

What I am is pro Rule of Law, which comes with a whole lot more than the simple phrase would indicate.

It is in fact quite-complex but only through a full application of the same do we both enact laws that should be on the books and repeal those that should not.

The very first time that it is intentionally ignored by a so-called "law enforcement officer" the law has no business being on the books at all.  Indeed, it is my belief that such an act, once confirmed by the evidence, ought to be sufficient standing alone to void said law and remove it from the books.

Let that roll around in your head for a bit because it probably jarred you reading it, and your first, visceral reaction was probably quite negative.  

Nonetheless I believe this is an important principle, and perhaps the most important one to take from this article.

Why?

Because if we applied this standard the statute books would be whittled down to size almost immediately.  Florida, for example, has a law on the books that makes illegal cohabitation only for straight couples.  If you think about it that's quite outrageous if you have any sort of view that is friendly toward personal liberty.  This law is basically never enforced, and yet it remains on the books.  Were we to enforce a standard that a law that is intentionally ignored becomes lawfully void this law would be gone instantly as you could easily document dozens of instances on a daily basis where various agencies willfully ignored it.

At the same time so would those laws that make "illegal" stock market manipulation become void -- such as the Securities and Exchange Act that make unlawful the presentment of a bid or offer for other than bona fide trading.

The hue and cry from the very-public removal of this "anti-cheating" law as it is ignored would likely cause a stronger version to be immediately passed -- and this time it would be enforced!

Likewise, the willful and intentional refusal to enforce anti-monopoly provisions in the Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman laws against health care providers, pharmaceutical companies and similar would lead to the voiding of those statutes.  The public impact of such a voiding would likely lead to an immediate demand to pass them once again and this time they'd be enforced.

If that was to happen you'd see the entirety of the health care mess be resolved almost immediately!

That, my friends, is what drives my emphasis on these topics -- in the hope that you will rise up and take this as the cause to champion and work toward resolving both in this year and beyond.