Gut Rumbles

May 31, 2004

breaking the law

I believe that Martin Luther King wrote an essay when he was locked in the Birmingham jail during the civil rights movement that pretty much sums up my philosophy about being a law-abiding citizen. I may go Google the speech to see if I am correct, but I don't really care. No matter where I read it, it is the way I live my life.

I am a free man. Government puts certain constraints on me through the threat of overwhelming force, which means that the faceless assholes can seize my assets, throw me in jail and TRY to humble me, but nothing they do to me will change what I believe.

I remain a free man.

I don't obey laws that I think are senseless. I also don't consider myself to be a criminal for doing so. I consider myself to be a free man. I carry a handgun in places with strict gun-control laws. I exceed the posted speed limit on the highway. I gamble on illegal games of chance. I have rented a prostitute.

If I were your neighbor, you would like me. I would never break into your home, steal your belongings or molest your children. If you needed help with a home-improvement project, I would be the first to volunteer assisstance. If you went on a two-week vacation, I would collect your mail and pick up the newspaper from the driveway every day, and keep an eye on your house while you were gone.

I don't behave that way because of any laws. That's just the way I was raised. I don't NEED laws to make me act like a decent human being. And I won't obey laws that I think are stupid.

We have way too many laws in this country now. Government has taken a nation of free men and women and transformed them into sheep through excessive regulation, excessive taxation and excessive intrusion into things that are none of government's business. I sometimes believe that if our Founding Fathers could see what their ideal of freedom and a true republic has become, they would be twisting like windmills in their graves.

You can heed the shepherd if you want to. But I won't.

(ADDENDUM: I didn't write this post lightly, nor am I drunk. I am a free man staring right into the maw of the monster, and it is poised to take everything I own. I expect to go to jail for "Contempt of Court." I will be guilty, because I hold divorce court in total contempt. But I WILL NOT DO what that Court Order says that I'm supposed to do. That is a law that I refuse to obey. And I'm willing to back up my words with my actions, no matter what price I have to pay. That's a true American attitude, if you ask me.)


All too often these days, contempt is all our courts deserve.

Posted by: Graumagus on May 31, 2004 11:36 AM

If you care to do some reading, you should read John Stossel's "Give Me a Break".... sounds like you'd really like it. I sure as hell did.

He's all for the drastic reduction of government, as our forefathers intended it when they wrote the constitution. LIMITED government is what the US was supposed to be based on.

And we were fine until fucking power-hungry government went and fucked everything up, eh? Basically Stossel's point of view too. I was pleasantly surprised.

Posted by: Linz on May 31, 2004 11:38 AM

King, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther (Jr.): Letter from Birmingham Jail. (1963) Online at:
PDF version at

Posted by: DJSloan/Houston on May 31, 2004 11:57 AM

They keep on treadin'....

Posted by: Brett on May 31, 2004 12:09 PM

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law', because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
—Thomas Jefferson

Posted by: Bob Mays on May 31, 2004 04:34 PM

A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
Good luck and fuck the judges.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis on May 31, 2004 07:33 PM

Rob, they have the power. I hope you have things squared away. You KNOW they are going to have a printout of your post when you walk into court.

It ain't a free country anymore. They may not be able to conquer your spirit but they can steal your stuff and lock your body in a jail just to show their ego. They will kill you if you resist, then slander you.

Just DAMMIT. Good luck.

Posted by: robert on May 31, 2004 11:22 PM

Husband calls them "sheeples." Cracks me up, but it is so true.

Posted by: Surfie on June 1, 2004 03:23 PM

the art and the art

Posted by: the art on December 4, 2004 10:36 AM
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