Catchy little public safety
message? Not quite. This is just another of many things the government
does to extort money from the public...all under the guise of something
that is in our best interest of course!
This is a follow up to my last article titled 'My Day In Court'
that was about another police state 'safety minded' program that is
known as photo radar enforcement. That too is all about public safety
and something that is for our best interest...the fines are not to be
looked at as theft, but donations.
Anytime the state wants to raise revenue it is always done under the
guise of something that is 'for our own good' as in speeding tickets and
seat belt laws. Don't get me wrong, I do believe seat belts save lives
and I also think it's a good idea to always wear a seat belt while driving
I am not in any way advocating against seat belts, but I am advocating
against the state telling adults that they have to wear one or be
subject to a fine.
I am against this for several reasons, first if you truly do own yourself, what gives the government
the right to decide what safety precautions you chose to participate
in, if any at all? Second, if this was truly just about safety then why
is there a fine attached to this public service? As an adult I should be
the one that decided all matters involving my life. The government
should not be able to enforce laws which govern how I decide to control
my body, as long as what I decide does not violate another persons equal
right to control their body.
This is the same argument I have for all things concerning
self-ownership, and is the same argument I have for the drug war, income
taxes, prostitution, property rights and every other assault against a
sovereign individual that the government commits on a daily basis. If
you truly did own ourselves, the government would never be allowed to
pass laws governing how a particular person chose to use...or abuse
Let me make it clear here, this is not about whether or not seat belts
save lives...I am sure they do. This is about an adults right to decide
for themselves what risks they are willing to take and live with. I
personally think everyone should wear a seat belt, but it's not up to me
to decide for others, that's their choice.
We're From the Government...
and We're Here To Help
don't let the rising fines fool you, the government really has your
safety in mind and any resemblance to a Ponzi scheme is a mere
coincidence I assure you. If you believe that one, I would like to tell
you about a deal I have for you, all I will need is your bank account information and I will deposit 100 million dollars into your account. Adventures in Naziland...
adventures did not end after My Day In Court on my last ticket. Just
weeks later I was pulled over and cited for 'speeding' again and this
time he wanted to let me know that he had my safety in mind and included
an additional ticket for not wearing my seat belt. Once again I refused
to pay the non-voluntary donation to the city of Chandler without my
day in court, so I signed the ticket and requested a court hearing on
I always request court hearings whether I am 'guilty' of the offense I
am being charged with or not. I do this simply to waste as much of the
states time and resources as I can. I will go to court even if I know
that I have no chance of wining, I feel it's the responsibility of every
person to do the same. If everyone was to do this, the system would
collapse under it's own weight...and this would be a good thing!
This would actually be a fight that I could win and that I happened to
be in the right on. I was wearing my seat belt at the time of my
encounter with one of the Fuhrer's Jack Booted thugs that pulled me
over, but I had released my seat belt before the Nazi approached my
vehicle. It was after 10:00 pm at night, as I passed the speed trap that
the Nazi had been lying in wait behind. As I passed he switched on his
lights and proceeded to follow me, but was still several hundred yards
behind me. Knowing that it was me that he was after I pulled over well
before he actually caught up to me. I had to remove my seat belt so I
could reach the glove compartment that contained my 'papers.' By the
time he approached the side of my car
and said 'papers please' I had already removed my seat belt and had my
'papers' out and ready to hand to him. He could not have known if I had
been wearing my seat belt prior to this or not since it was dark and I
have tinted windows, but because he was concerned for my safety he
included another ticket for not wearing my seat belt. He did not care to
listen to my explanation of what actually happened...after all this is
about 'safety' and he was genuinely concerned about mine.
My Day In Court...
So, here I am back where I left off at the end of my last day in court,
and as irony would have it, I was in the same courtroom that I was in
before with the same judge who had recused herself before...only this
time she did not recuse herself. I was not quite sure if it was because
she did not recognize me as she did before, or she just figured what the
I had the help of my attorney friend Charity in my last confrontation
with the 'justice system' but this time I would have to go at it alone,
as Charity was involved in a very big case at the time and could not be
there...oh well I always wanted to try my hand at 'lawyering' so this
would be my big chance (-;
After the judge read the usual diatribe of how all this would work and
how the burden of proof was with the state (yeah right) she then asked
the jack booted thug with the gun and the shiny badge to proceed. Mr.
Hitler read from his well prepared notes about the events of July 9th,
2012 and how I committed the heinous crime of driving over the speed
limit on 'his streets' and how he then pulled me over for my own safety
and those around me. He noted that when he approached my car that I was
not wearing a seat belt, this of course was true, but only because I had
previously taken it off to get my registration and proof of insurance
out of the glove box and I could not reach them with the belt
Now it was my turn. I had taken pictures of my car the night before to
show that because of the dark tint on my car it would have been
impossible for him to know for sure whether I was wearing a seat belt of
not as I drove past him. When asked if he agreed with my comment he
said yes, he did not notice whether or not I had a seat belt on as I
passed him because it was late and my windows were tinted. Just to make
sure we all had the fact straight in this matter I asked Mr. Hitler if
he would be able to tell me what direction I was heading when I came by
him? He replied I was going from south to north on Arizona Avenue. I
then asked what direction he was facing while he was performing his
revenue collection...oops I mean his traffic control duties? He replied
he was facing from east to west. I then asked him to explain exactly
what happened as I went by him? He replied that as I went by him he
clocked me traveling at 56 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour speed
zone. He then said he turned on his lights at proceeded out into traffic
to pull me over. I asked him approximately how far behind me he was? He
replied it took him approximately 30 seconds to catch up to where I had
already been pulled over waiting on him.
I then began to explain to the court that by the time Mr. Hitler had
caught up to me, got out of his car (after running my license plate) and
approached my car that I already had 'my papers' out and waiting on
him. I explained that I had released my seat belt when I first stopped
to be able to get to my glove box that I could not reach while the seat
belt was restraining me, and that is why I was not wearing my seat belt
as he approached my car. This was the same thing I told Officer Hitler
that night on the side of the road, but he was not buying it.
The Shiny Badge Argument-
In my closing I pounded the table a few times (always a good ploy to
show your outrage) and said, "Judge if you believe his story over mine
it could only mean that you are giving more weight to the person with
the shiny badge and gun, and this would be an outrage!" After cautioning
me to manage my outbursts she then asked Mr. Hitler if he had anything
to add, to which he said that was not what he remembered, but that I
also made a derogatory comment to him as I was leaving, although he said
he could not remember what it was that I said. I felt it my duty to
help him remember exactly what it was I said, so at that point I brought
the microphone very close and said, "judge, I called him a Nazi as I
was pulling away, I cannot lie." Oddly though the judge did not see the
humor in my comment and once again warned me that I should be more
cautious what I say in court because it's a matter of public record.
What I did not tell her was that I purposely said what I said so that it
would be part of the record...after all I was not looking to win any
points with the state. After commenting that since there were no other
witnesses, she would have no other choice but to rule in my favor.
So chalk up one for the good guys! After having lost in my previous bout
with the state I felt somewhat redeemed. I went back to work, the state
did not get to steal any additional funds from me this time, and I got
to use a Nazi as a piρata for a few minutes...so for a brief time all
was good in NaziLand.