We skipped last week's review to promote visibility for Burt Wagner's story, and have some catching up to do. Several stories came to light since mid-month, with all the volatility of spring - a true mixed bag of gains and losses for privacy, Second Amendment rights, state government overreach, and federal government integrity.Read More
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In 1796, President George Washington delivered his farewell address, in which he explicitly warned of the dangers political parties posed to just government. "[T]hey are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion...."
Yet, to look at our news headlines of late, one would think that our two major parties were our government, bound by the principles of our Republic and necessary to its continuity. Guest contributor Luke Wager has a more pragmatic - and, in our opinion, accurate - view of things.
To wit: The parties don't represent you. They don't particularly need you. And they most certainly don't care about you.Read More
Burt Wagner was arrested for something that was not actually a crime. His home was raided, his finances were ruined, his family was traumatized, and he was "disappeared" for several days, stuck in solitary confinement while his wife and attorney tried to simply find out where he was being held. All warrants and grand jury testimony were secret and sealed, so he could not refute evidence or face accusers. In the end, all charges were entirely dismissed - once he agreed to let the federal government keep $80,000 of seized assets.
Welcome to our post-Patriot Act nation, where civil asset forfeiture is used to steal the life savings of innocent citizens who happen to catch the attention of a hungry government. As you read Burt's account - and he deserves that much - we'd like you to keep two questions in mind. First, does this even remotely sound like America? And second... how tasty do you think you look to a predatory prosecutor?Read More