Law professor: Americans are rising up against government

In his op/ed for USA Today, Feb. 23, 2014, University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds cites three pieces of evidence that the American people have had enough of increasingly tyrannical government and are pushing back.

Do you agree?

~Eowyn

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America’s ruling class has been experiencing more pushback than usual lately. It just might be a harbinger of things to come.

First, in response to widespread protests last week, the Department of Homeland Security canceled plans to build a nationwide license plate database. Many local police departments already use license-plate readers that track every car as it passes traffic signals or pole-mounted cameras. Specially equipped police cars even track cars parked on the street or even in driveways.

The DHS put out a bid request for a system that would have gone national, letting the federal government track millions of people’s comings and goings just as it tracks data about every phone call we make. But the proposal was suddenly withdrawn last week, with the unconvincing explanation that it was all a mistake. I’m inclined to agree with TechDirt’s Tim Cushing, who wrote: “The most plausible explanation is that someone up top at the DHS or ICE suddenly realized that publicly calling for bids on a nationwide surveillance system while nationwide surveillance systems are being hotly debated was … a horrible idea.”

On Friday, after more public outrage, the Federal Communications Commission withdrew a plan to “monitor” news coverage at not only broadcast stations, but also at print publications that the FCC has no authority to regulate. The “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN (pronounced “sin”) involved the FCC sending people to question reporters and editors about why they chose to run particular stories. Many folks in and out of the media found it Orwellian.

How this program appeared was, like the DHS program, a bit of a mystery: FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said: “This has never been put to an FCC vote; it was just announced.” But the blowback was sufficient to stop it for now.

Meanwhile, in Connecticut a massive new gun-registration scheme is also facing civil disobedience. As J.D. Tuccille reports: “Three years ago, the Connecticut legislature estimated there were 372,000 rifles in the state of the sort that might be classified as ‘assault weapons,’ and 2 million plus high-capacity magazines. … But by the close of registration at the end of 2013, state officials received around 50,000 applications for ‘assault weapon’ registrations, and 38,000 applications for magazines.”

This is more “Irish Democracy,” passive resistance to government overreach. The Hartford(Conn.) Courant is demanding that the state use background-check records to prosecute those who haven’t registered, but the state doesn’t have the resources and it’s doubtful juries would convict ordinary, law-abiding people for failure to file some paperwork.

Though people have taken to the streets from Egypt, to Ukraine, to Venezuela to Thailand, many have wondered whether Americans would ever resist the increasing encroachments on their freedom. I think they’ve begun.

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Gunny G
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TrailDust
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What we need now is “Group Therapy”. No violence. Just keep practicing at the target range, and pray you NEVER have to use your Second Amendment rights.
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swampygirl7
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“Live free or die”

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Our current president is a “domestic enemy of the Constitution.” Nothing he does will help us. He is working feverishly against the citizens of the United States.

dee
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At this time I’m more concerned about what is being done with all the jihadist training camps in this country. I had heard about them a few yrs ago. I had thought that they were being watched, but with this regime I am more concerned than ever. Where is the FBI? People should be in a major uproar, yet nothing. Any one else have anything to add to this?

TrailDust
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No dee, you said it the same way I would have.

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Disaster Plans: Dear dee—refer to traildust, above— i.e.,…….. I Learned I’d not be “saved” if “big CA quake’ or disaster came, when my “poor” little inland town was circled by fire for a wk & “they” chose to let us burn in order to save big coastal (some celebrity) houses, 30 mi. away (same fire, same horrors). We lost 16 homes, people & horses/other pets burned alive, while no one died on the coast, but some big (some celebrity) homes were saved. I’m sure owners of big houses thought it a fair trade. 🙁 YOU KNOW…those same people who today… Read more »

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Yep, exactly why I stareted relaoding. Thought it would be cheaper but ends up costing about he same amount. Only reason why is I spend a lot more time at the range shooting a lot more ammo and getting better at my aim!

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Don’t worry Dee, as soon as the Jihadists apply for 501 tax status the feds will be ALL OVER them!! Then we can rest easy again!

vrajavala
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Everyobe knows that American Spring is going to happen on May 16th in DC

TrailDust
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Oh yea, that. I’m not betting on that one, sorry.

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FYI, Glenn is also Instapundit.

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Lets hope they don’t “spring”, because if they do the already-compromised occupy and tea party movements will both ensure that a full-blown civil-war scenario will play out, eliminate whatever is good in the govt and the citizenry, and bring in a third party to pick the carcasses, merge canada and mexico into the U.S. and make a “north american union”. The main problem here is the people aren’t educated enough about these matters and will react blindly and emotionally, which is what the puppets of evil want them to do, just like they want the govt. forces to react in… Read more »

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Yup, that says it. We’ve got to avoid letting the enemy set the conditions of any battle, “American Spring” would fall right into the puppeteers’ hands.

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