by Becky Akers: In-State
Tuition and a Banquet of RedHerring
Hard to keep
track of what's illegal these days. The most innocuous deeds can
land a serf behind bars even as crimes worthy of a sociopath earn
rulers the Nobel Prize.
And so the
Feds order some
drones to kill American citizens and others
to sexually assault them. You might think cops who pretend they
joined "the force" to protect rather than lord it over
us would hie themselves to DC and collar the criminals preying on
no. Instead, they waddle about our neighborhoods, arresting
us for "crimes" that aren't, as they've done for decades
— a reign of terror so long that few Americans even notice anymore.
Yet those who
do contend that we've descended further into the police-state. Why?
Because victims used to have to smoke weed in public or drag-race
down Main Street to draw cops' attention. Yes, laws banning marijuana
are tyrannical, and the State has no authority, moral or Constitutional,
to own, build, or patrol roads — but at least the peons knew where
they stood: get caught flouting Leviathan's silly rules, and you'd
pay for it. The prudent pothead toked up at home, the speed-demon
floored it on deserted highways.
But now, not
only do increasingly large numbers of harmless actions violate specific,
incredibly petty regulations, but cops and courts stretch such vague
terms as "disorderly conduct" or "child abuse"
to cover behavior they — or anyone else –dislike.
case of Lawrence Massey, 37. You might assume that Connecticut's
taxpayers would be grateful to him: when he "found
the carcass [of a deer] on the side of Route 9 southbound,"
he "loaded it into his minivan, and brought it home…,"
saving them the cost of removal.
It seems Mr.
Massey is separated from his wife; he pulled into a parking lot
across from the apartment where she and their children live, unloaded
his discovery, and proceeded to "show his sons the classic
hunting technique of u2018how to field strip a deer after it had been
Americans greatly admired such skill; indeed, it fed a good many
of our grandparents. And note that Mr. Massey isn't guilty of our
wimpy times' ultimate no-no: he didn't kill the deer. "It was
all bloated," one witness relates, "and it doesn’t get
like that unless it’s been there three or four days.”
was also courteous to the owner of the property he was visiting:
he "had put down plastic tarps in the parking lot" and,
later, "without being asked Massey cleaned up the mess by loading
it into the rear of his minivan to take it home…"
Even so, I
wouldn't want a guy hunkering down on my asphalt butchering road-kill.
So I can understand the manager's asking him to move on.
not what happened. Actually, thanks to the passive voice that so
often cloaks the State's evil, we don't know how events transpired:
both reports describing Mr. Massey's travails only tell us "Police
without divulging the snitch's identity. If there was one: cops
materialize everywhere anymore, at schools,
residences, in hospitals
The only time we're safe from them is when someone commits an actual
crime. So perhaps pigs cruising by the parking lot decided to have
arrested Mr. Massey. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.
His only possible wrong is trespassing, but if the lot's owner hasn't
complained, what business is it of the cops?
the owner is our unnamed snitch. If so, whatever happened to warning
Mr. Massey first and resorting to stronger measures only if he refuses
No, our hero's
mistake was surprising those around him with a pastime they deem
mothers and their young children were walking around,"
though "a very strong smell emanat[ed] from the carcass. …
Police found Massey holding a folding knife in his right hand with
both arms covered in blood beyond his elbows … Several citizens
… u2018found this behavior shocking and frightening and not an appropriate
area [sic].'" I guess departing for pleasanter climes
and minding their own affairs never occurred to these meddlers.
The manly Mr.
Massey goes to court in a few weeks. I'd like to think the judge
will throw the book at his persecutors while highly commending the
defendant, but somehow I expect the opposite.
Next we head
to North Platte, Nebraska, for another totalitarian tale. Reports
conflict as to whether a busybody (whom the UK's Daily Mail dignified
concerned member of the public") sicced cops on parents
there, or whether our public
servants simply took it on themselves to interfere. But in the
end, the State busted up two families and kidnapped their children
— ostensibly because one mother tried to safeguard her sons at night.
I assume that
the victims in this story are heartbreakingly poor: why else would
four adults – a married couple, a single mother named Ashly Clark,
and another woman – share a double-wide trailer with the couple's
two daughters and Ms. Clark's boys, ages 3 and 5?
sound like lovable little Huck Finns, so mischievous and adventurous
they tried to crawl through the trailer's windows at night — "escaping,"
as the Daily Mail would have it. Their mother resolved this
by putting them to bed in a "dog kennel" measuring 30"
X 42"; "Clark
fastened its gate closed with a wire tie. Its inside contained
a small, decrepit mattress." Yep: most of a poor woman's possessions
are "small" and "decrepit."
trying to fathom the "crime" here. Were Ms. Clark wealthy,
she might have hired a nanny to watch her boys while she slept.
Instead, as a single mother with limited options, she devised a
cheap but effective solution to protect her sons overnight.
Alas, her ingenuity
displeased Our Rulers. They also condemn her housekeeping: the trailer
was "filthy… When officers went inside, they were met with
the stench of urine and found trash and animal feces throughout
so they stole not only Ms. Clark's sons but her roommates' 8-year-old
and 8-month-old daughters as well — though they frankly admit
the children were living in filthy conditions, there was no
evidence to suggest they had been physically abused or were malnourished…"
Those pitiable tykes now suffer "in the care of the state."
priorities. I've never yet met the child who complained that his
house was too dirty, but I've met and read about hundreds who pined
to the point of depression for absent parents. Likewise, a "filthy"
home seldom kills a kid, but the "state's
custody" often does.
The cops weren't
content with kidnapping minors: they kidnapped every adult in the
trailer, too, even the childless friend. Talk about being in the
wrong place at the wrong time! "’All of the adults were aware
of the situation and were aware of the kids were being housed in
the animal kennel and did nothing to stop it or report it,’ said
Lt. Hoaglund. …[They're] each charged with two counts of first-degree
false imprisonment" — that's rich, coming from tyrants
who cage more people than any other country on earth — "two
counts of felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse, based
on the condition of the house." Shall we discuss the condition
of the average airport, where goons force us to walk barefoot while
their grimy paws grope us?
Take a lesson,
thralls: if you want to gut a deer or keep a messy house, win an
election first. Then you can not only slaughter animals in
your house if you like, you can also graduate to actual atrocities
like theft, rape and murder — all with utter impunity.
Akers [send her mail] writes
primarily about the American Revolution.