Have you ever wondered? How do you keep a nation under control without using military force? Well, we have a partial answer given what is going on in the United States.
Most people are law abiding and do not want to be in trouble with the law. So, what happens if the government passes laws which very few people know about? Then the government states that you are guilty even if you know nothing about some obscure law. Most people would back off or see how they can get out of whatever situation they find themselves in. That is the ultimate control. The government wins.
Historically, a crime has encompassed two parts- a guilty act and some awareness that the act is wrong. Mens rea, literally “guilty mind” in Latin means an awareness of wrongdoing. However, the federal government is more and more imposing criminal penalties for what are known as strict-liability crimes. These are laws that do not require any knowledge of wrongdoing by a person who breaks them.
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the Criminal Code Improvement Act in 2015. This bill stated that if a law or regulation does not require demonstrated criminal intent and the conduct at issue is not conduct that a reasonable person would deem as wrong, then the government must prove that a defendant knew the act was illegal. President Obama opposes this reform.
Let’s continue with other government power plays. The Justice Department has, for over 16 months been independently transferring money to President Obama’s political allies. This is how it works. The Justice Department prosecutes cases against supposed corporate bad actors. The companies then agree to settlements that include financial penalties. Justice then mandates that some of that penalty money be paid in the form of “donations” to nonprofits that supposedly aid consumers and help neighborhoods. Don’t be surprised that many of these nonprofit beneficiaries are liberal activist groups. Of course this whole scheme undermines Congress’s spending authority.
What other group is working so hard to control the daily life of the average American? How about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? States have regulated their power systems since the early days of electrification. However, the EPA is now working to nationalize power generation and consumption. The EPA’s targets require that states pass new laws or regulations to shift their energy mix from fossil fuels, subsidize alternative energy, impose a cap-and-trade program or all of the above.
Due to the EPA attacks on coal plants, many of those coal plants have been retired. Natural gas has therefore eclipsed coal as the dominant source of electric power. Clean burning natural gas has led to the cheapest and fastest emissions plunge in history but the EPA is not satisfied.
EPA’s new rules of central planning favor green energy sources such as wind and solar. All of these rules are related to climate-change policies. Climate change is now dogma for this government in spite of authentic arguments to the contrary. Some people in the government want to prosecute climate change deniers under RICO laws. All must agree with the government.
It is necessary to remember that when the government is wrong, that fact gets hidden or ignored.
The EPA, because of numerous procedural errors, punctured an abandoned mine and flooded the Animas River in Colorado with 880,000 pounds of metals. The EPA did not test the water pressure which would have been procedure and therefore punctured the mine. There were numerous other violations of procedure and law by the EPA and the Interior Department. The agency has been vigorous in defending their actions including dumping a billion gallons of water to dilute the toxic plume. This disaster has faded into memory since the media has dropped the whole matter. Would it have been dropped if a private company had caused this mess?
There is absolute certainty about one thing. Regardless of the number of laws there have been passed, Americans are subject to all of them. John Baker, a retired law professor at Louisiana State University told the Wall Street Journal in 2011: “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime.”
If you think the above statement is untrue here are some statistics. In 2014, agencies issued 16 new regulations for every law – that is 3,554 new regulations compared to 224 new laws.
Some 60 federal departments, agencies and commissions have 3,415 regulations in development at various stages. The Departments of Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Health and Human Services, Transportation and Environmental Protection account for 48 percent of all federal regulations.
Regulatory compliance costs exceed the money that the IRS is expected to collect for one year by more than $160 billion.
The government will not need the military to control the population. Laws, rules and regulations will be all it takes.
Pay attention to who you vote for. All of these laws and regulations are put into place by elected officials or those bureaucrats they have appointed.