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Is it time we ignore the government?

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano on

What if inalienable rights are integral to each person's humanity?

What if the whole purpose of an independent judiciary is to be anti-democratic? What if its purpose is to preserve and protect the life, liberty, property and pursuit of happiness of those whom the government targets because it hates or fears them?

What if life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were not just Jefferson's musings for a free people but are the bedrock moral, constitutional and legal values of America, established in 1776, renewed whenever any government employee -- from janitor to president -- takes an oath of office, and are the foundation of all American laws?

What if each person's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is each person's choice as to the exercise and pursuit of those rights?

What if we have other inalienable rights such as the freedom of speech, the right to assemble peacefully, the right to worship, the right to travel and to self-defense, the right to fairness from the government, the right to take chances, the right to own and enjoy property, and the right to be left alone?

What if government workers join in a massive civil disobedience of local and state rules governing personal behavior on private property? What if the governors who have been controlling us realize that they have no real support and thus have become toothless?

 

What if when government fails to protect inalienable rights, we simply ignore it?

What if ignoring the government is a pipe dream? What if most folks are afraid of the government? What if only a few in government take seriously the lofty language about the government deriving all its just powers from the consent of the governed?

What if the government uses force to enforce its unlawful decrees? What if the government uses each crisis to expand its power? What if when the crisis passes, the government retains the power it took during the crisis? What if the history of American government is the history of governmental power growing and personal liberty decreasing?

What if we ignore the government at our peril? What if when government tramples our rights, we alter or abolish it? What if the time to do that is coming? What if that time is here? What if -- as Jefferson wrote -- when the people fear the government there is tyranny? What if when the government fears the people, there is liberty?

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