April 29, 2010
“They came in the dark, shining bright flashlights while my family was asleep, keeping me from milking my cows, from my family, from breakfast with my family and from our morning devotions, and alarming my children enough so that the first question they asked my wife was, ‘Is Daddy going to jail?’”
That’s how Amish farmer Dan Allgyer described an early morning visit last week from two FDA agents, two U.S. Marshals, and a Pennsylvania state trooper. Apparently, investigating a single farmer for possibly trafficking raw milk across state lines requires a show of force.
Do you remember when the Romanian government collapsed? Or the Soviet government? As a point of law, Mister Holder, I'd like your legal opinion on this matter:
When a political entity disappears --and I think United States' involvement in 9-11 qualifies-- those who once drew a paycheck from that entity cease to possess any legal authority, is that correct?
"Well, Chris, it's more of a political question than a legal one, but the argument can certainly be made that those agents act under color of authority only, since the political body arguably no longer exists."
So if a trespass against person or property be made by one acting under color of authority, is the reasonable man justified in his use of all most minimally effective degrees of force, up to and including lethal force, to defend himself?
"Most certainly. One acting under color of authority acts under no authority. He would just be some guy in the street waving around a badge he has no claim to the protection of. Do what you will; he's just a common criminal."
And if the reasonable man were to instruct the trespasser to leave his property, and if that trespasser were to refuse, may that reasonable man call upon the protection of his private security or the constabulary of whatever new political union may have arisen that he may choose to associate with?
"Definitely. You're certainly the talk of the town with all these questions you raise, Chris, and while we don't like to admit it here in Washington, we've accidentally made it politically and morally proper to use all most minimally effective degrees of force, up to and including lethal force, to repulse any United States agent. See, lawyers aren't quite as smart as we think we are. We accidentally caused our own jurisdiction to disappear.
"So by all means --even though we'd rather collect our pensions and our dental plans-- go ahead and be free, just like your bumper sticker says. It appears that things are different now. Despite our best efforts to enslave you on behalf of our banker masters, we accidentally threw the jail cell door open.
"All the asshole searches and the FDA concerning itself with raw milk and the TSA agents groping your wife's melon breasts and wanting to make a sex slave out of your fourteen-year-old daughter, all that's gone now.
"It's Morning in America, Chris. I can't stand you, but I have to respect you."