Think Freely Media presents Common Sense with Paul Jacob

“This is the sort of thing that should never, ever happen in a free society,” says Quin Hillyer at the Center for Individual Freedom site.

By “this . . . sort of thing” Hillyer means pre-dawn raids in which “thuggish bureaucrats . . . burst into a man’s home and handcuff him in front of his children because his estranged wife is late on student loan payments.”

I’ve already commented on this vicious and stupid Department-of-Education-sponsored raid. I return to the story to echo Hillyer’s suggestions for reform.

He observes that such baseless assaults on innocent citizens are “an increasing problem. . . . [A] horrific number of similar stories [show] that we are all subject, at the whim of idiots without any good reason to carry arms, to tactics reminiscent of a terrible police state.” More and more commonly, agencies like the Small Business Administration and the Railroad Retirement Board, which have no business having armed agents, nevertheless do.

Hillyer suggests that the SWAT-like raid teams and the people who order them should both be subject to imprisonment for these flagrant abuses of power. He also wants Congress to stop criminalizing mere clerical errors and to “de-arm federal agents.” The Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, concurs, saying he’d “like to see some Tea Party members of Congress pass bills to disarm all non-law-enforcement agencies.”

Yes. Let the congressmen openly debate and vote whether rampant, arbitrary, armed raids of innocent citizens should or should not continue.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor

4 Comments

  1. Drik says:

    Hitler had the SS.
    Why should Presbo not get the DOE?

  2. loretta says:

    so what did they do with him after they cuffed him? i’m pretty sure we don’t have debtors prisions any more. got rid of them when we got rid of england

  3. Duane says:

    I disagree with your solutions, Paul. That’s what the government does: kill people and threaten to kill people. That’s all they can do. Why disguise them with “pretty pleases” and friendly faces? Every time a government agent visits someone, he should bring a fully armed officer, to remind the citizens with whom he deals that he means business; and that “meaning business” with the government means the threat of death. No law is a law if it doesn’t ultimately lead to capital punishment.
    Maybe then the do-gooders would wake up and stop assigning the mob (gubmit) to do our work.

  4. Jay says:

    While I agree with the disarming of non law enforcement agencies, i would go further.
    STOP THE POWER THAT BAIL BONDSMAN HAVE- THEY HAVE EVEN MORE POWER THEN LAW ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE.

    THEY HAVE BUST INTO THE WRONG HOMES; SHOT PEOPLE WHO FORGOT AN APPEARANCE ON A MINOR OR MISDEMEANOR CHARGE, ETC.

    THEY ARE A MENACE.

    AND CAN USE ANY FORCE, INCLUDING DEADLY FORCE. AND THERE IS NO OVERSIGHT.

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