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by Eric Peters: New
Year’s Wish List



I have a feeling
that Refusenik types like me will be the next crop to be
harvested. (The first being overt “threats” to the government.)

already in place; the circle is closing. Soon it will be impossible
to pretend we still live in an even semi-free country.

I try to practice
avoidance — for example, not flying anymore to avoid being scanned/felt
up. But I know that eventually, it will be impossible — illegal
— to avoid being scanned (and much else, besides). For example,
they are going to require us all to carry a biometric National ID
card — not merely a driver’s license. Without it, you will be unable
to function (legally) and be subject to arrest merely for going
about your peaceful, harming no one else business without it. Just

The choice
will be: Become an outlaw — or submit.

We got a taste
of this with gun control laws. The choice was: Comply with “the
law” and render yourself defenseless, or become a Felon Walking
for daring to refuse to comply by retaining a gun for self-defense.
People who were harming no one — and exercising their basic human
right to self-defense — were criminalized at the stroke of a pen.

It was an easier
choice to make, though, because as a practical matter your chances
of being caught in defiance of “the law” were very slim and your
illicit possession of a gun would probably only become an issue
if you were forced to use the gun — in which case, better to be
alive and dealing with “breaking the law” than dead but “law-abiding.”

But what happens
when “the law” requires everyday, inescapable evidence of submission
and compliance? When you have to submit to a scan/grope before entering
a public building, such as the DMV or a courthouse, say?

“The law” already
requires submission to random roadblocks. Is it a stretch to
imagine “the law” will take the next logical step and require us
to submit to scans/gropes at these random roadblocks? What possible
argument — based on existing legal precedent — can be made
against it? Everything that matters has already been conceded. You,
as an individual, no longer have any meaningful 4th Amendment rights
when you are in your vehicle or on public roads. The Supremes have
said so. You have given “implied consent” to random stops, interrogations
and de facto searches.

Oh yes, there
is still the fiction of probable cause prior to an actual
search. But it is just that — fiction. “Probable cause” amounts
to I want to search your vehicle. Virtually any pretext given
after the fact will be sustained by the Volksgerichthof.
Refuse the search and the cops will likely detain you anyhow — then
search you anyway. Ask around. Check out YouTube. See for yourself.
All it takes is being “uncooperative” — which amounts to such things
as declining to answer the cop’s questions, or — much more dangerous
— daring to question anything he does or demands of you. Do that,
and expect the modern equivalent of a wood shampoo via Tazering.

Imagine what
will happen when they scale down the airport scanners and can mount
them in a vehicle — like a cop car. There won’t be any “opting out,”

The point is,
we (the lowing, beef-headed, football and celebrity obsessed oblivions
who now constitute a working majority of the American public) have
already conceded the point. Everything that matters has been given
up and gone for years — long before 9/11. In the name of the “war”
on drugs, we accepted outrageous invasions of our private lives.
For the sake of “getting drunks off the road” and “seatbelt safety
checkpoints,” we cheered random dragnets that subject every motorist
on the road to an East German Stasi-like once-over and ihre papierien,

Safety, safety
— always more safety. In exchange for less and less freedom — and
human dignity, too.

No longer can
you enter the world as a man (or for that matter, a woman).
As captains of our destinies, masters of our fates — beholden to
none, free to go in peace. And even more important, able to talk
back, to refuse, to question — and to demand to be left in peace
if we’re not doing anything to cause harm to anyone else.

We are all
children now — fearful, obedient — and to be punished, if
we’re not.

No freedom
to make our own way and depend upon our own good judgment. We will
be told what to do — and how and when. The “why” no longer concerns

No more live
— and let live.

Submit. Obey.

That is
the New American — and the New America.

6, 2011

Eric Peters
[send him mail] is an
automotive columnist and author of Automotive
Atrocities and Road Hogs
(2011). Visit his

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