Again, let me restate. Those who love their liberty, their families, and their communities and nations need to use every tool possible to fight against the stupid tyranny of governments – the powers that be.
We used to do that by petition – and people took it seriously.
Today, governments have simplified – and gutted – such things as petitions of redress. Now you can do it on-line, and the data is there, but it is easy to ignore on the part of politicians and bureaucrats. Even easier than to ignore post-cards and letters, which had gone a long ways towards making petitions moot. Not quite as easy as telephones, but with modern communications automation, it can be brushed aside. (Especially given all the laws against harassing people by phone, aimed at telemarketers and scam artists but just as applicable against Mr. and Mrs. Smith trying to get help from bureaucrats or their “representative.”)
Which is why state governments are busy passing new laws making it harder to get petitions circulated for initiatives and recommendations. South Dakota (fortunately) just got its teeth kicked in for trying to do that As reported in Courthouse News, a federal judge overturned a law which was:
… requiring petition circulators to wear name tags and register with the secretary of state. The law further mandates that circulators provide the state with their personal information, such as their home address, email and phone number to be included in a public directory, potentially exposing people to harassment.
This is pure viciousness. In a period when we have seen what happens in California to petition circulators and even signers, this law just made it easier to go intimidate and attack people who were working for some political cause. To make matters worse, the law was written in such a way that even asking someone to vote on a ballot measure could have been used to force them to register. And applied the same to newspaper (and presumably websites) who urged people to sign a petition or vote for it.
This is of course a violation not just of the Federal Constitution, Bill of Rights Article 1, but also:
The right of petition, and of the people peaceably to assemble to consult for the common good and make known their opinions, shall never be abridged.Article VI, Section 4, Constitution of the State of South Dakota
Next would no doubt have been requiring registered with the state government to write any sort of letter or email message, discuss politics, or file a complaint with a government agency.
I am deeply ashamed of the State of South Dakota for doing this. But it is a foretaste of more to come. South Dakota is strongly Republican, but it has been obvious for at least three decades that too many South Dakota Republicans are nothing but Tranzis – transnational (or national) progressives with R after their name. People who arrogantly believe that if they are voted in by 50.000001 percent of the votes, they can do anything they want. At least as far as stealing money and liberty from the people of South Dakota – and each and every visitor, as well. They are in it for the power – one example being John Thune, the senior US Senator for the State.
And sadly, the State’s Democrats (who used to be fairly centrist) are worse: moving further and further to the left to embrace the likes of Keith Ellison (the hard-left Attorney General of Minnesota and a former Muslim US Representative, woman-abuser, and socialist), as well as the even more radical socialists on the national scene. People that make George McGovern seem almost moderate.
No doubt there are similar problems in Vermont – we know there are in Virginia, California, and Florida, to name a few.