The 2010 Census: Will your answers stay private?, by James Bovard, in March 24, 2010 Christian Science Monitor (via slashdot.org.)
Archive for March, 2010
From Tenth Amendment Center:
“While lawsuits by State AGs have been getting considerable attention in the media, we at TAC feel that it would be a poor strategy to rely heavily on such efforts to stop the newly-signed health care law. As Thomas Jefferson told us—whenever the federal government assumes powers not delegated to it, those acts are ‘unauthoritative, void, and of no force’ and that a ‘nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.’
“Nullification is not an act of going to federal politicians or federal judges to repeal an unconstitutional law. It’s not about getting ‘permission’ to exercise our rights…it’s about exercising them whether the federal government wants us to or not. It’s taking action to make an unconstitutional act null and void right within your own state boundaries. In this spirit of American resistance, the Tenth Amendment Center is pleased to announce the release of our ‘Federal Health Care Nullification Act’—which you can learn more about below. Please call on your states to introduce and act on this legislation. Such resistance will not be easy, it will not be short, but it must be won.
“The Federal Health Care Nullification Act
“A. The Legislature of the State of _______________ declares that the federal law known as the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and is hereby declared to be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, is specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
“B. It shall be the duty of the legislature of this State to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” within the limits of this State.
“C. Any official, agent, or employee of the United States government or any employee of a corporation providing services to the United States government that enforces or attempts to enforce an act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the government of the United States in violation of this act shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction must be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5000.00), or a term of imprisonment not exceeding five (5) years, or both.”
Of course, this still promotes a minarchism—a small state government, and so is not wholly consistent with the principles of Christian anarchism. Nevertheless, it is a start in the right direction.
Hint: The U.S. Census fingered them—and gave their information away in every case. How confidential are your census answers? See Census Confidentiality? The Check’s is in the Mail, by David Kopel.
(Tipped off to this from Lew Rockwell mp3 radio interview on the census at lewrockwell.com.)
There is a passage in the Bible that urges us to pray for government. Only it does not urge us to pray for government. See here at 1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Some have taken this as an endorsement of government, but it is not. It is speaking about those who stand in positions of perceived authority. In the same book, Paul states that God
Is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15 ESV).
If God is the only sovereign, then all other sovereigns are pretenders, persons perceived as offering legitimate rulership. There is no call implicit or explicit in 1 Timothy for the Christian to grant a kingdom, nation, or state any authority over them. If God is the only sovereign, then others are merely the foremost among gang leaders, agents of their own purposes using coercion and force to accomplish their own will. For the Christian, these are not our kings or presidents or rulers.
In any case, the text does not say to pray for the government. Look again. The church has enough challenges without having to deal with the mayhem and disorder caused by government, with its wars, adventures, expropriation of property, and so forth. The Christian to intercede in prayer concerning those who rule (actually, illegitimately). This means every kind of leader. The topic of prayer is not that they will excel even more in their use of coercive force and in their removal of property from its owners; rather, the prayer directly concerns the well-being of the Christian church. We will be least hindered if we are able to live our lives in peace and quiet.
How can one live a quiet life, “godly and dignified in every way”? When those who think they have some authority leave us alone. Our main business is to draw close to God, to persist in our own personal journey of character growth, and to live life which in concrete ways helps others and draws them to God and His kingdom. The disruptions imposed upon people in the form of wars and other schemes, supposedly to benefit us (Luke 22:25) are distractions we can well do without. The thanksgiving we can offer is for God’s watch care and His protection of us from governments, and for the peace that He does give that would otherwise uncoil itself as trouble in our lives from those who have their best interest in view and not ours.
No, this is not a production from TheOnion.com.
(Via lewrockwell.com blog.)