Next time you
get pulled over by a cop or stopped for absolutely no specific
reason at one of those random sobriety checkpoint
you might want to remember the following laugh line: Its called
the Fifth Amendment to the Bill of Rights, which reads, in part,
that No person
shall be compelled in any criminal
case to be a witness against himself.
laugh line, because, like, so many of the other amendments to the
Bill of Rights, that godamn piece of paper, as George
W. Bush referred to it, pleading the Fifth that is, declining
to assist the authorities in your own prosecution has
become a sick joke.
Cops now have
the legal authority in Texas
(though not the right) to forcibly extract blood from you
in order to use that blood as evidence against you in DWI cases
which are of course criminal proceedings.
court recently affirmed the legality of this practice and
bet your bippie it will be expanded to a State Near You soon.
Refuse to take
a Breathalyzler or decline to perform the trained monkey act by
the side of the road (perhaps because youre not coordinated
even when sober and probably a lot less so under pressure and in
the glow of a policemans flashlight) and you may find yourself
thrown down across the hood of a squad car while some random cop
jams your body with needles in order to get the blood that will
then be used as evidence against you at your trail.
Oh, but he
will be Trained!
version of the same program taken by blood techs phlebotomists,
in medical jargon will be the curriculum vitae of
these state-sanctioned Draculas.
out there will see no trouble here, either. After all, if youre
not driving drunk, why, what have you got to be worried about? Cops
would never use force against an innocent person. The lab
people dont make mistakes, either not even every now
And, of course
drunk driving is a bad thing!
Keep in mind
this is Texas. Home of pro freedom Rick Perry,
et al. If this goes down in Texas, how long do you suppose
it will take for the rest of the country to follow the leader?
It makes me
shiver with dread to see just how close to the abyss we really are.
The Masses have become sickeningly compliant authority worshippers
of the early-Soviet or 1920s Weimar German type, not just ready
but eager to submit to anything demanded of them by the state. And
who often bristle with fury when the occasional sentient citizen
dares to raise an objection. Such a person is either a soft-headed
liberal (if the objector is a badge-licking law
and order Republican type) or (if the objector is the liberal),
the person raising those pesky questions is (naturally) opposed
or someone who favors drunk driving.
dont understand possibly, they are not capable of understanding
that neither safety nor getting drunks
off the road or whatever the rationale du jour
happens to be is the point. Or the purpose. The thing at
issue is the concept of empowering cops to physically hold you down
and draw blood from your body against your will to be used
as evidence against you in a criminal proceeding which is
to obliterate another basic tenet of the late great tradition we
used to call the rule of law.
They also dont
understand that it never stops with just the one bad thing
they are trying to combat. That once the principle is established
in law, the practice becomes commonplace. Because after all,
once youve ceded the argument, you have no argument
against any future usually more and more totalitarian
measures that are introduced. The ends justify the means
Texas police chief Billy Waybourn let slip a most revealing comment.
He said: The Constitution says we can do it
says we can do it
and it would be an injustice not to pursue
to change that behavior any way we can.
Any way we
There you have
it, in straight-talkin Texas Totalitarian Ah-ahm-The-Deecider
dangerous drunks off the road is a sideshow. The carneys running
the show understand its no more the real issue than the random
stop and frisks were now routinely subjected to when traveling
(and even when not) or the indefinite detentions of anyone the government
wishes (with or without waterboardings) are about fighting
The issue is
teaching the people to Obey and Submit. To condition them
to supinely accept random and arbitrary authority. To get
them to by into the idea that anything the government does, at any
time and for whatever reason (or no reason at all) is acceptable.
To give the enforcers of the aforesaid another tool
to intimidate and coerce. In this case, even people who havent
had a drink ever and know theyre not
drunk will be more malleable since they also know the
police can subject them to a stick n poke as well as a cop
n feel just because they can. Any way they can.
So long as
its in the name of keeping us safe, well
play along, too.
Most of us.
And if youre
not guilty of drunk driving?
that, John Q. Be sure to hold that bandage against your elbow for
at least the next 10 minutes.
Have a nice
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