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Seatbelt sting injustice: Government mining money

This news story was published on April 21, 2012.
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Op-ed by Otis Lewis

Thomas Jefferson was our third President, one of the framers of our Constitution, and one of the principle authors of our “Declaration Of Independence”.

Jefferson is also quoted as saying,  “When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty.”

From our Declaration Of Independence, one of the ‘statements of fact’ presented for the need of our Declaration Of Independence was:  “HE (meaning the government)” HAS ERECTED A MULTITUDE OF NEW OFFICES, AND SENT HITHER SWARMS OF OFFICERS TO HARASS OUR PEOPLE AND EAT OUT THEIR SUBSTANCE.

Another statement of fact in our Declaration Of Independence says:  “HE” HAS AFFECTED TO RENDER THE MILITARY INDEPENDENT OF AND SUPERIOR TO THE CIVIL POWER.

One can observe, that our local authorities have become insidious and more like military and a secret police.  At this time in our history it is apparent “we the people” need a new and more modern approach to law enforcement, complete with clear boundaries that define just how far and intrusive they can get into our personal and financial lives under the ruse, “it’s the law”.  The officers carrying out their duties probably don’t see anything wrong with their actions, but they should.  At some level, administration clearly understands they are “mining money” while “upholding the law.”  This is insidious!

My point here is, our State Patrol/Sheriff’s/and Police Departments have become independent to our Civil Power and needs to be brought back under the control of the people.  John Q. Public is far removed from any input and control of local authorities.  This is very alarming and upon further scrutiny needs serious oversight and immediate change.

The seat belt sting in Mason City was truly an injustice.  The seat belt sting is only one of many injustices that we witness every day coming at us from every level of government.  Forcing people to buy health insurance, forcing parents to pay for their children’s heath insurance until age 26, or writing parking tickets when parked on the wrong side of the street in the winter when the streets have been cleared of snow are examples of injustice.  Yes they are all law, but still an injustice that allows the government to mine money from families and place undue burdens on the citizens.

When enough people become so disenfranchised by the abuse of government and that “resistance becomes duty” then becomes a reality, it will be a sad day.  I pray I never see that day, yet with the multitudes of new offices and their officers with their nose in every aspect of our daily lives I fear the day is near when that resistance raises it’s collective head.


It is time for Federal and State hearings to make the necessary changes to our laws before resistance becomes that duty.  Let your voice be heard!

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6 Responses to Seatbelt sting injustice: Government mining money

  1. concerned Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    As i have writen in other articles, its all up the the people of the public, this is an election year and its about time for a change of leadership local,state wide, and country wide. I do no for a fact that the people around this county WILL have more than one choose this year when it comes time for new managment at the sheriffs department. People are starting to realize who bad its getting and its time to change it and bring back GOOD core values to the people of this area.

  2. What Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This is the long version,
    Cops over stepping their powers, follow by a professional officer.

  3. What Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Go to You Tube and look under good cop. and you will see a Illionis state Trooper acting the way law-enforcement should act (Short version). He got all the info he needed by being nice to the protestors. This should be a traing video for all law enforcemant.

  4. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Has the General Public has been so dumb-ed down that they won’t speak up about this to elected officials? Will the Globe Gazette and other Media outlets report on this?

    Reading the blogs on the article about the seat belt sting it is sure obvious that there are many people with blind obedience to law enforcement. Maybe it is only law enforcement that is blogging to support itself?

    I hope people wake up before the duty to resist arrives.
    What Mr. Lewis speaks of is both true and frightening. Will our elected leaders read this article and take action?

  5. LVS Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    And yet they continue to pass more and more unneeded laws to control the masses (us0 and now they have the spy planes in the air and camera’s at stoplight to pull in more and more revenue. Our country is becoming more and more of a police state which is propmoted by the liberals.

  6. sam Reply Report comment

    April 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Good perspective on this sleazy move by law enforcement.