It seems that Americans are now living under a government that has figured out how to take whatever they want from its citizens, legally. Forget about taxes; I am talking about the intentional ‘overcriminalization’ of America by politicians and bureaucratic administrators. And if for the moment you are thinking that this sounds like some conspiracy theory, you’d better think again.
The United States Code – specifically Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedure – consists of nearly one-thousand pages covering federal offenses. That adds up to about 4,500 federal crimes as listed in the Federal Code. But that’s not all, folks; there are also approximately fifty additional volumes that detail even more rules and regulations related to all the different federal agencies, which have the jurisdiction to interpret and enforce their own rules and regulations against Americans–including pursuing criminal and/or civil actions against anyone they happen to target.
According to John Jessup at CNB News: “When you add all of that up, you’re somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 to 400,000 rules that could be considered a federal offense” as of 2012. And as insane as that is, there are 21,000 regulations that have been unleashed so far under Obama, and another 2,375 set for 2015!
Advertisement - story continues below
It’s a shocking fact that today, “there is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime,” according to retired Louisiana State University law professor John Baker. Professor Baker, who also stated that “this is not an exaggeration,” has also tried counting the number of new federal crimes created in recent years–which is a daunting task in its own right!
Even as you are reading this article, you might become the unknowing victim of one of these thousands of regulations and/or laws. And there are hundreds of horror stories of how truly ‘good’ people run afoul of these hidden snares and end-up spending all of their earnings and savings in court, losing their property, and subsequently ending up in jail–in some cases, with ‘real criminals’.
The average American doesn’t have the money required today for ‘justice’ under our failing justice system. Government agencies can (and regularly do) spend inordinate amounts of money to beat just one American into the ground; after all, it’s your tax dollars they are using, so they couldn’t care less. But an average American can’t spend that kind of money in their own defense. And in a civil infraction, the American being charged does not have a right to an attorney paid for by the government, as in any criminal matter. And this is what places the balance of justice in favor of the government agency, which already has attorneys on staff with nothing better to do than to prove their worth.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there; then we have the abuses against small and mid-sized businesses stemming from the growth of federal criminal procedures and the expanded (unscrupulous?) use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970 (‘RICO’).
Advertisement - story continues below
The bottom line is that many overzealous agencies have utilized an overabundance of laws and regulations as a means for a gravy-train of funding and revenue, and a means for separating Americans from their hard-earned money and property. And if this continues as it is, it’s only a matter of time before these agencies and the government will have all the marbles. And Americans (and America) will decline into poverty as a result of this corrupt death spiral, where everyone loses in the end! What the corrupt and immoral bureaucrats and their agents forget is this fact: Even in the world of predators, a smaller predator becomes the prey!
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by the owners of this website.