Originally published June 5, 2010 at http://towneforcongress.com/economy/remarks-at-allentown-courthouse-rally/
Yesterday, June 4, I delivered some remarks at a protest and march organized by the Friends of George Donnelly. The irony that June 4 is also the same day as the Tiananmen Square Massacre was not lost on me. From my time spent abroad in China, those who know me are well aware my candidacy is also an attempt to ensure that liberty is not stripped from the American people as has been done in communist China. Tyranny knows no boundaries.
Donnelly was arrested by federal marshals while videotaping their actions in front of the federal courthouse in Allentown in May. While I did not comment directly on this tragic case – some details here – a rough transcript of my remarks are below. A report by WFMZ-69 is linked below.
These days government intrusion into our lives never seems to stop. The government is like an out-of-control wild bull in a rodeo. You might be able to avoid getting gored most of the time, but one day that bull is going to be quick enough to gore you.
For all those who work, here are a few facts. The average private sector salary is $41,000 while the average federal worker salary is $71,000. 19% of all federal government employees make over $100K. (Source)
And how many government workers are there? 22.5 MILLION. (Source) This does NOT include all the contractors. This is the second highest job sector in the United States, but government never creates wealth, it can only consume it. GOVERNMENT HAS NOTHING. It can only give away what it first takes from someone else.
For instance, take the federal income tax. This tax is not only immoral – no one has the right to your labor, only you should – but unnecessary. If we cut federal government spending by the size of the income tax, federal spending would be the same level as in 2005. If we cut it yet again, federal spending would be the same size as in 1998.
50% of Americans who pay income tax account for less than 3% of all taxes collected, but this CERTAINLY does not mean they are not being heavily taxed themselves. (Source)
How is this money spent? Well the Social Security and Medicare programs are essentially insolvent with $107 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities into the future. (Source) Military spending far exceeds $1 trillion per year to fund over 761 military bases in 150 countries, including 55,000 troops in Germany, 10,000 troops in Italy, and 35,000 troops in Japan. (Source)
Not only does the government continue its fiscal insanity, but it continues to invade privacy of the people. In 2006, Charlie Dent, the incumbent in my race, approved forcible DNA sampling for a federal database of individuals who have only been arrested – not convicted – of federal offenses, and makes it a crime to refuse. [Under Title X of HR 3402.] Needless to say, if anyone is charged with a crime, a necessary DNA sample can be legally obtained by warrant.
Section 6050 of HR 3221, the massive Mortgage Bailout bill passed in 2008 that Dent voted for, authorizes the IRS to view every single credit card transaction made by every single individual in the United States without a warrant or informing the individual.
In 2008, Republican President George Bush signed into law HR 6304. Title 8, Section 801 of this bill gave private companies legal immunity to commit warrantless wiretapping on any phone or email communication from any American citizen. As a result, everyone is a criminal suspect without probable cause or warrant issued by a court of law. Dent voted for this bill as well.
In February 2009, Democrat President Barack Obama signed into law HR 1, otherwise known as the Obama Stimulus Plan. Sub Title A Section 3001 commits the federal government to keeping full electronic medical record of each individual by 2014 where it may be accessed from any government computer terminal of many federal departments, even including the FDIC which insures bank deposits. Do you want your private health history information on a bad heart, psychological records, medication records viewable to any government bureaucrat? This is a massive violation of patient privacy! [Apparently this costs $20 billion per the Wall Street Journal and the Houston Chronicle.]
This all aside, we can regain liberty in our land if only we had some semblance of the rule of law. The Constitution is not the authority over our lives, it is simply the LAW meant to constrain the actions of government.
Judges play an important role as referees in ensuring fair trials and the rule of law in our society. All judges are bound to obey the federal and state constitutions respectively, and should of course never legislate new laws from the bench.
The constitutional right to trial by jury should be immediately reinstated and enforced in every state. Juries should have the unquestionable ability to nullify decisions if the law itself is believed to be unjust.
Don’t let the government control your life, your wallet, or your freedom!! Take a stand against tyranny!