posted on Jan, 22 2011 @ 02:04 PM
All people have the right to self defense. It follows then that all people have the right to collectively form a government towards that same end. A
just government is one that acts in either defense of individual rights, or failing that in an attempt to establish justice as some sort of remedy if
individual rights have been denied or disparaged.
A just government does not have more rights than the people it serves, and arguably has less rights than the people it serves. However, if a
government has a right to photograph and record on video the people it serves, then certainly the people who have ordained this government have the
right to photograph and record on video government officials.
In a free society, where a just government has been established, the notion of national or state security as an excuse to deny or disparage rights of
any individual is a fallacious argument. Indeed, governments use the development of new technologies as an excuse to deny or disparage rights. Thus,
when radio was first invented, it wasn't long after that the Federal Communications Commission was created, the excuse being that the technology
itself needed to be regulated, but what in effect is regulated is speech.
While people have the right to travel freely, once the automobile was invented it wasn't long after this that licensing and registration schemes were
created to regulate the technology, in effect regulating the right to travel, and worse, due to this licensing scheme, and registration, denying the
right of property ownership, using the contract of licensing and registration as an excuse to ignore due process of law and impound vehicles before
any conviction has even been rendered.
We the People have foolishly gone along with all sorts of incremental surrenders of our unalienable rights for centuries, and today, in this modern
world, if we want to operate as a sole proprietor a book store, too many of us will go to city hall and apply for a license to do so. Once we get to
city hall and ask for this license, some government official will inform us that we must first obtain a tax identification number from the I.R.S., and
very few of us will challenge this dubious collusion between local municipalities and a federal government, and why not? We are the ones who stupidly
went to that local municipality and applied for a license to do what is otherwise a right to do.
We do this, in a large part, because of expedience. It is oftentimes easier to go along to get along than fight city hall. So, while we continue to
go along to get along, it should not come as any surprise that those of whom we are going along with to get along with will continue to test the
boundaries of how far they can push we the people. This is the nature of people and governments.
Who watches the watchmen? If not us, then who,, and if not now, then when?