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by Simon Black: US
Government Asset Seizures on the Rise

A few hundred
years ago, some rather courageous men and women decided that they’d
had enough of living under someone else’s rule– that the
right of self-determination was stronger than any benefit or protection
from living under a corrupt government.

The US Declaration
of Independence eloquently posed the colonists’ grievances
against King George III, including among others, that he had:

“erected
a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to
harass our people, and eat out their substance;”

“obstructed
the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws
for establishing Judiciary powers;”

“[deprived]
us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury”

The Constitution
was supposed to address all of these grievances as the Founding
Fathers sought to create a government where no single branch or
office had too much power. Even to this day, US government officials
swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all
enemies– foreign and domestic.

My guess is
that most of them haven’t bothered to read it.

Take the Fish
and Wildlife Service (FWS) under the US Department of Interior,
for example. A few months ago, a government agent from FWS showed
up to the home of an eleven-year-old
girl
with a federal summons in one hand and a citation for $535
in another.

The girl’s
crime? Saving a baby woodpecker from being killed and eaten by the
family cat. The bird’s mother was nowhere to be seen, so the
girl (an aspiring vet) convinced her parents to let her care for
it for a few days until the bird was well enough to fly away on
its own.

Noble act?
Wrong. Federal crime. It turns out that the bird is on the government
list of protected species… and according to the government’s
newspeak, protecting a bird that’s on the protected species
list is a crime.

It sort of
echoes Thomas Jefferson’s line about King George having “erected
a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to
harass our people…” It seems not too much has changed.

What’s
more, the agent obviously couldn’t come alone to confront an
11-year old girl and her mother. No, that wouldn’t be threatening
enough. That’s why FWS requested to be escorted by a Virginia
State Police Trooper who “stood on the porch and said nothing.”

It’s government
fear and intimidation tactics at their best… a far cry from
supporting and defending the Constitution.

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