Yet the existing government in all its executive departments spits on the Bill of Rights a thousand times a day. And executive orders defy them in an avalanche. These departments are actively at war with religion, freedom of speech and ordinary legal procedures to a degree that observing the Bill of Rights is a remarkable exception to their normal conduct.
The courts will accept no complaints or summonses for these “public servants,” they cannot be sued. There is no crime which they cannot commit with complete personal safety. And they control the bayonets and full force of the state and use it to serve themselves and their friends.
In gathering case histories of the unconstitutional conduct of these agencies one is overwhelmed with the volume of instances and feels the futility of even beginning to list them.
At state and county level abuses of power and violations of rights are so flagrant that few voices indeed dare raise themselves in protest.
National, state, county and city laws, reviewed against the Constitution present a spectacle of studied defiance. Illegal seizures of persons and property, detention without trial, are the common routine of officials.
Yet they wonder that the public does not support them actively but tends to withdraw in fear.
When a public is faced with unconstitutional officials it becomes insecure. When the insecurity becomes high enough, they join any revolutionary force. When further oppression is leveled at them they revolt.
The common answer of one of these governments is money handouts in an effort to buy support. It does not work.
Trying to remove all leaders or active people from the population by some unholy alliance with psychiatry, not only does not work, it accelerates the downfall of the state, involving as it does even more flagrant rights violations.
So many empires and nations have gone this route—Rome, France, czarist Russia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, etc., etc., etc., etc., and so many are furiously floundering down the same path that it is a wonder that men in government have not spotted their trouble.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ARE HONEST, DECENT PEOPLE BUT THEY ARE COMPELLED OFTEN AGAINST THEIR WILL TO ACT UNCONSTITUTIONALLY BY SOME OF THEIR LEADERS OR FELLOW EMPLOYEES WHO FLOUT THE RULES OF DECENCY IN THE NAME OF THE STATE.
Perhaps the taste of tyranny is so delicious and the sadism of despotism is such an addiction that even if they knew their lives depended utterly on becoming bound by and acting according to their constitutions and bills of rights, they still could not forego it.
The dope addict may know his vice is killing him. Yet he cannot end it. Possibly this is the case in unconstitutional bureaucracy.
Men go quite mad with power. And madmen commit suicide easily. In fact they never do anything else.
One wonders rather sadly why these fellows insist on committing suicide so expensively.
But democracy, republics, even monarchies will go on decaying and dying—and killing the rest of us—until the government official is forced to act in all his acts within the framework of the constitution and all guarantees of individual rights.
One cannot perpetuate the monstrous untruth of a constitution and bill of rights guaranteeing security and liberty while the most powerful class in the land is superlaw and is in no way bound by it.
L. Ron Hubbard
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