"Laws, Taken To Absurdity, Become
from "In Defense of Rural
National Association of Rural
and nationally recognized author and
speaker on freedom and property rights issues.
Copyright Sunday, June 23, 2013 - All Rights
As published on
Newswithviews, June 19.2013
"By just sheer numbers, the more laws that
are written, the less likely the entire population will even know about the
laws, or understand them, or know of their consequences or penalties for
violation, much less be in compliance with them. The consequence of too many laws is that
huge segments of the public are totally unaware of their existence or their
effects. And yet, under the law,
ignorance of the law is not a defense.
Then, when the hapless individual comes face-to-face with the law, it
results in anger and frustration for that individual and a spiraling degradation
of freedom and liberty for all of us. And worse, the more laws there are, the more
opportunities for emotionally and financially draining lawsuits between
aggrieved parties, egged on by lawyers who make their living off of human
weaknesses and interpreting laws that no one else can
Every day, government tightens the screws on the
American people by passing and then enforcing new law, after new law, after new
law. All these laws cover every aspect of human behavior. There
is now nothing we do that isn't covered by some law, restriction, or
regulation. Politicians, local, state, or federal, never saw a
new law to restrict the people they didn't like.
Take for example the IRS Code that one source estimates
to contain 73,608 pages. The code changes dramatically
every year with the Congress passing one social engineering law after
another. With the IRS now being the policeman for Obama's HellCare system,
it could grow by another 70,000 pages.
Every year, taxpayers dutifully sign the "perjury
statement" on the back page of Form 1040 wherein it
"Under penalty of perjury, I declare that I have
examined this return and accompanying schedules and statements, and to the best
of my knowledge and belief they are true, correct and
Perjury is serious. Under federal law, perjury is
a felony and provides for a prison sentence of up to five
Ladies and gentlemen, how could a taxpayer know that
their income tax return was true, correct and complete when there is no
way a normal, reasonable and prudent person could possibly understand
all of the tens of thousands of conflicting, confusing, contradictory and
convoluted tax laws, even if a tax professional prepared the return for
them? By signing the perjury statement on Form 1040
you could be unknowingly committing perjury when there is no way
you could possibly understand all of the constantly changing tax laws contained
in the IRS Tax Code, nor could you ever understand them in your
lifetime. Further, it is highly questionable just how much the tax
preparer knows about the tax code that prepares your tax return for you.
You have know way of knowing whether he or she gets it right and yet YOU
are signing the perjury statement.
Agents for the IRS don't even know how to interpret the
tax code because of its complexity and it's been proven over and over again that
if you ask 10 different IRS agents for a determination of a specific tax
question, you will get 10 different answers.
One other thing. In a court of law, anything you say or
write can and will be used against you. Anything you put on your tax
return can and will be used against you. Under the tax code you can be
found guilty by a unilateral decision of the IRS and remain guilty, subject
to fines and imprisonment, unless or until you can prove your innocence.
When you sign the perjury statement on Form 1040, you waive your 5th Amendment
rights against self-incrimination, because if the IRS decides that you have
made a mistake on your return, they can, in their sole discretion, construe
that you did so on purpose and thereby make you subject to the
penalties of perjury. In such event you would be forced to prove your
innocence, wherein any other case of law, it is the government's duty to prove
your guilt. This isn't being a good and compliant American
citizen. This is being an American slave.
While you are dutifully paying your taxes and signing the
perjury statement on Form 1040, the IRS is handing out over $46,000,000 in tax
refunds to 23,994 illegal aliens, all at one address in Atlanta, GA, not to
mention giving Conservative groups a bad time. And this is just the tip of
the iceberg. Feel better now?
A Disclaimer: The
above information about the IRS perjury statement on Form 1040 is only to
enlighten the reader about this one specific issue. We are not
recommending, advising, or counseling anyone to do anything else but to follow
the law. In addition, if you don't sign the perjury statement on Form
1040, the IRS can fine youi $5,000 each person signing the return (or
not signing the return), per
The foregoing just describes the IRS tax code for one
very simple case. There are millions of other laws that control everything
we do, consume, drive, pay, live, procreate and eliminate. Many laws are written at the insistence of lobbying or
special interest groups with very narrow and purposely hidden agendas. The public never has an opportunity for
real input and society as a whole is not benefited. Partisan politics often compromises a
new law into meaningless, often conflicting legislation (think
IRS tax code), leaving loopholes over which lawyers can argue over
for decades at taxpayer's expense, or taxpayers can be tripped up and their
legislators write a new law, no matter at what level of government, they
immediately trigger three very costly events: 1) Increase government
employment to analyze, research and study not only the science or existing law
to justify the new law, but to monitor the effects of the law; 2) Increase
government employment to administer or defend the law; and 3) Increase
government employment to enforce the law.
Therefore, each new law adds to government employment and
government continuously grows, along with the cost, exponentially. Further, many laws can and should
trigger a constitutional test.
Unfortunately, constitutional tests are rare but in such event, very
expensive lawyers get involved on both sides to argue their case before lower
courts and then on to a state Supreme Court, appellate courts and
ultimately the Federal Supreme Court.
In almost all cases the taxpayers pick up the tab, all the result from
passing just one more new law.
few people are finally waking up to all this law passing and taking action to
thwart the lawmakers and the enforcers, by resisting through every lawful
means. Take for example, the story of Andrea Elliot of New York state,
who "esplained" it to a couple of nosy agriculture
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"NY Dairy Farmer Turns the Tables When the Ag
Inspectors Arrive for a Mystery Visit"
Andrea Elliott had been writing emails to farm
associations, her Congressman, and members of the U.S. House and Senate
agriculture committees-- -all urging that a proposed farm bill not include
funding for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). She and her
husband, Jim, own a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and she
made it plain in her notes that she is adamantly opposed to registering the
farm's 80 cows under the federal program.
She received a call from an inspector with the New York Department of
Food and Markets in Albany that he planned to come by the farm for a special
inspection, based on "a complaint" made to the department's Division of Milk
Control and Dairy Services.
Andrea couldn't imagine who might have complained, and what the
complaint might have been about. Her farm, Crystal Brook Farms, sells
nearly all its milk to a local creamery for pasteurization. She sells a
few gallons of raw milk occasionally to individuals who stop in with their own
containers, under New York rules that allow the sale of 25 gallons a month
without a permit.
On a Tuesday the
inspector, Bradley Lyle Houck, arrived from Albany, two hours away, together
with her regular local dairy inspector, and Andrea was prepared. As soon
as they arrived, "I turned on my video camera. I think that made
them a little uncomfortable. "
Then, she says, "I asked the state
inspector to fill out my form." Her form is a three-page "public
service questionnaire" that asks for the inspector's identity, his principal
reason for doing the inspection, how the information he gathers will be used,
and other such data. "He shook his head and refused,"
says Andrea. "He said, 'I have to be authorized by Albany.'" He
tried to make a call on his cell phone, but couldn't complete the call because
the farm area has no cell reception.
persisted. I said, "This is our property and I can require you to fill
NOTE: Andrea is right. There
is federal law to back up her assertion. (See Public
Law 93-579 as codified under 5 USC Section 552(a).
The agent offered his state ID and
Andrea moved on. "I asked
him why he was here and he said a complaint was received in Albany. "What was
the complaint? "He said he couldn't tell me."
Who filed the complaint? He wouldn't
tell me. He just wouldn't go any further. He said "all
complaints that come into Albany are treated as confidential.
"I asked him what statute allows a
complaint to be treated as confidential. He said he couldn't quote a
statute." At that point, the inspector asked if they could talk
off-camera. Andrea declined.
"He said, 'I guess the best thing
would be for us to come back another time." The two got back into
their car and took off.
Andrea adds, "At no time did I
deny him the inspection. I didn't ask him to leave. All I did
was ask him for specific reasons for the inspection.. .I have a right to know
who my accuser is."
Andrea seems to have added an entirely new dimension to the agricultural
inspection, especially one with such an intriguing coincidence connecting
Did Andrea win a small victory, you bet. Because she
resisted. Will the inspectors be back? Probably. Is
Andrea prepared? Of course, because she believes in the sanctity of her
property and God-given property rights and is willing to defend them
by challenging and questioning the government enforcer/inspectors'
Andrea did. If government agents do show up, take pictures, record
their voices, use a video camera or other device and get them on the
record. Don't be shy. Ask them for their ID and photograph it?
Get the license number and description of their vehicle. Ask them if
they have a warrant? Question why they are there, what is their legal
authority to be there, by local, state or federal statute and have at-the-ready
a Public Service Questionnaire for them to fill out and sign. If they do
fill it out, make sure they sign and date it. If you don't feel
comfortable with them being on your property, you have the right to ask them to
leave and not come back. Tell them that if they do come back, you will
swear out a trespass complaint against them. If you are interested in
knowing more about trespass law, check out our website page HERE. We also have a strongly-worded statement you can
read to any government agent that comes on your property on our website HERE.
In addition to trespass law information and the above statement, we
have prepared a Public Servant Questionnaire that is
available HERE. Know your
rights or government will trample all over
If people just blindly comply with every law and every
edict handed down by government, no matter how unreasonable or how
stupid the law, or even whether the law is constitutional, Americans risk being
enslaved by millions of laws about which they know nothing, just like a spider
wraps his hapless victim in a cocoon of silk, preparing it for future
All this law making and enforcing is not going to stop
unless the American people get their backs up and vigorously resist it. If
government is left to its own resources, Americans
will eventually find themselves in a police state, if we aren't
there already. There are powerful national and international forces at
work here and it is going to take the power of the masses to stop it, that is if
the masses can ever come together on anything. Donít let yourself be wrapped in a cocoon of laws created by a
government that has gone mad with law making. Resist! Resist!
There is an inviolate law in nature. Complexity in organisms can lead to the
emergence of order. Biological
evolution and diversity of life on Earth is a result of that law. However, it has also been shown that too
much complexity in these organisms, in almost all cases, leads to chaos and
Ultimately, if we continue on the path we tread, we will
become as a rogue spider, spinning a web from which we shall be forever
entwined. Could that be our final
destination? Are we to choke on our
own obsessive/compulsive drive to complexity through law creation, or can we
learn from the laws of nature?
Ron Ewart, a nationally
known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly
Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National
Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) (https://www.narlo.org) a non-profit
corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring,
maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. Mr. Ewart can be reached for comment at
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