In Preparation for the 2010 Census!
by Gary D. Barnett
by Gary D. Barnett
Iím not going
to lecture anyone here or attempt to describe, define, outline,
analyze or rewrite the constitution. I am not going to go through
the historical reasoning set forth for census taking and I will
not even speak of the initiation of this tainted policy in this
country. As an aside, I do realize that we are currently in an economic
depression, and that worrying about a government census at this
time seems minor, but is it really? I am simply trying to warn all
those who still remember what liberty is, and all those who now
have a new or reawakened curiosity about freedom, what to expect
from the 2010 census and the census taking gendarmes who will soon
be harassing all of us. And given the current high unemployment
rate, government officials will have an over-abundance of choices
to fill the part-time census taker jobs. I donít consider this to
be advantageous as government will be able to choose more obnoxious
and more power-driven individuals to do its bidding than normal.
This is not
a new subject matter for me as I have been threatened by the U.S.
Census Bureau in the past. In a previous article, "Threatened
by the Census Bureau," I talked about the intimidating
and threatening approach that this organization uses to scare the
citizenry into compliance. In my case, at least concerning the incident
mentioned in the above article, I was threatened with fines and/or
imprisonment if I did not comply. The only census that is to be
taken according to our constitution, an obvious affront to liberty
regardless of its so-called legality, is a simple head count every
ten years. Therefore, the business census that I was sent was fully
federal and state governments are preparing for this invasion of
our privacy. The complicit mainstream media has been hired by government
to announce and solicit compliance with this survey. Even my local
radio station and newspaper are running ads for census taker positions
daily. Testing centers have been opened and applicants are being
interviewed. High wages are being offered to anyone willing to strong-arm
the local populace. If this is going on here in my small community,
it must be going on in every community. Just what is the cost of
such a venture and how many new government agents will be hired
to take on this task of counting heads?
The main problem,
of course, is that over the years the U.S. census has taken on a
new, lengthy and very intrusive nature. The census for 2010 though,
as claimed by the Census Bureau, will be one of the shortest on
record. Before you jump to the incorrect conclusion that the government
is paring back its plan to know anything and everything about you,
some explanation is in order. According to the U.S. Census Bureauís
site, the 2010 census will be a "short form census" only.
This is deceiving. The long form that is normally sent to 1 in 6
families during the actual census, "The American Community
Survey," (52 pages) will not be sent in the 2010 census count.
The bureau claims that "Decoupling the short form and long
form allows the Census Bureau to focus efforts on the constitutional
requirements to produce a count of the resident population, employ
technology to improve efficiencies, provide more timely data, improve
coverage accuracy, and contain costs while keeping operational risk
to a minimum." This statement is simply a smoke and mirrors
statement (a lie in other words) intended to pacify the public at
large. The American Community Survey or long form, that used to
go to 1 in 6 households during the decennial count, is now being
sent to many every year. In addition, other census surveys, such
as the business survey I received, are also being sent on a regular
basis. All these surveys are mandatory. This means that there
could be very adverse consequences should one refuse to comply!
Are you beginning to get the picture?
In other words,
the Census Bureau is as nosy as ever, even more so, and they are
using the threat of force against those willing to stand up for
their rights. The government is now just rearranging the process
so as to give a false impression. So what else is new? Lying, cheating
and misleading the citizenry is the governmentís modus operandi.
Now to the
meat of the problem! In my opinion, the harassment and threats for
non-compliance will be intensified and more obvious than ever this
coming year. Since I wrote my first article concerning this subject,
I have received letter after letter from many who have been harassed,
threatened, intimidated and just plain bothered by census takers.
These people (census takers) are trained to not take no for an answer
and they can be and will be aggressive and abrasive. I have always
tended to be polite and to tell them only how many people are in
my household. If they persisted in their endeavor, I simply asked
them to leave my property. If they continued to be impolite, I then
demanded that they leave my property at once, or I would take other
measures. That, at least considering personal contact situations,
has been enough to solve the problem so far. This has not been the
case, however, considering other types of census taking. I believe
that the Community and Business surveys, if not adhered to, will
be the cause of more government wrath visited upon those properly
refusing to answer such intrusive questions.
individual has written to me on several occasions and explained
exactly what was going on due to not fully complying with one of
these very unconstitutional surveys. This individual received threats,
letters from census supervisors and several personal visits without
prior notice. One census worker was actually hanging around trying
to find an opportunity to confront this citizen. Fortunately, this
person never complied, but most under these same circumstances would
have. I find this troubling and wish more would stand up to these
simpletons doing the bidding of leviathan.
Much of the
problem stems from the fact that local, state and federal agencies
depend on "good" census participation in order to allocate
more federal dollars. There is also the little discussed advantage
of capturing and recording extreme amounts of personal data from
the now vassal-like society dependent on government. According to
the 2010 Census Bureau site, there are many needs concerning
the census, so many questions on the census are followed by a list
of Community Benefits gained due to answers given. These
so-called Community Benefits include education, government,
planning, social services, employment, housing, banking, etc. I
donít know how one can separate this agenda from something akin
to a socialist or communistic agenda, but I do know that attempts
by government to plan society are antithetical to liberty, and therefore
should be shunned.
for forced compliance are evident and at all levels of government,
but the incentives for us to resist this invasion should be stronger
than governmentís will to control us. For those willing to stand
up to these trimmers in government, confrontations are likely, and
I should know, as I have now seen this dynamic from more than one
angle. But I hope that during this upcoming census many will stand
their ground and put these imbeciles in their place! Just how much
more are we going to take?
D. Barnett [send
him mail] is president of Barnett Financial Services, Inc.,
in Lewistown, Montana.
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