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Another Government Raid Against Innocent People

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

– -This has been very difficult to write. How to be critical of the YFZ Ranch raid without condoning the behavior of some of the adherents of the FLDS Church that lived on the ranch. The adherents who have committed atrocities in the name of their religion no doubt have a special place reserved for them.- –

Four years ago Flora Jessop contacted Eldorado, Texas newspaper editor Randy Mankin and tipped him that the construction north of town was being done by the FLDS Church. As a result of the tip, his paper ran an article titled “Corporate Retreat or Prophet’s Refuge?”.

Subsequently, Flora Jessop and Schleicher County, Texas sheriff David Doran began an ongoing relationship. She was “educating” the sheriff about the culture of FLDS adherents.

Simultaneously, Sheriff Doran, the State of Texas, and the United States Government were preparing plans for a raid of the ranch. Doran is quoted as saying: “We’re not going to violate their (FLDS) civil rights until we get an outcry.” and on his numerous visits to the ranch: “There was no evidence of illegal activity, nor an offense in plain view.”

A more accurate description of the rights involved would be “Constitutional Rights” as opposed to “Civil Rights”.

“The Constitution … of the United States assert(s) that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.”
– Thomas Jefferson

So the entire time that the FLDS Church had been in his county, the sheriff had visited the ranch numerous times and found no evidence of illegal activity. Despite that, the raid planning went on until they got that “outcry”. It just so happens that the outcry came from a 33-year-old Colorado Springs woman whom activists say made recent hoax phone calls to them.

In this case, Texas and Federal agents targeted this Church because it was FLDS. And when they raided the YFZ Ranch, they kept the press “Miles away from the ranch.” They were able to get away with this because of the foment generated against the practices of the FLDS members. A foment largely stoked by Flora Jessop. The FLDS adherents don’t fit the homogenized standards of society and are, therefore, not normal. And abnormal people are easy targets. Rather than the press crying foul against the Government restrictions, they fanned the flamed with carefully chosen words such as: “Compound”, “Polygamist”, “Sect”, “Sex Abuse”, “Child Abuse”, and “Rape”. All words that the homogenized will eat up. Almost never were the words prefaced with “alleged”.

No, these were not just spurious allegations by the Government. These were portrayed as truths beyond any shadow of a doubt. A Judge who described herself as “simple”, has so far proven that moniker to be right on. She has made the choice to side with the Agents instead of the Constitution.

 

In a 1949 Free Speech case, Associate Justice Robert Jackson wrote, in a dissenting opinion: “The choice is not between order and liberty. It is between liberty with order and anarchy without either. There is danger that, if the court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the Constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact.”

Big Government proponents of all stripes have used the “Constitution is not a suicide pact” argument as the Excuse Du Jour for all manner of violating our Constitutional rights.

The net result is that if a Texas shelter gets “an outcry”, the government can then proceed, with prejudice, to trample the rights of the Church into the ground. And be held harmless.

It did not go unnoticed that the government allowed buses from the “First Baptist Church” to take FLDS Church members from the ranch. What do you think would happen if the government used buses from the “First Baptist Church” to haul Muslims from a Mosque that had been raided? I suspect that the righteous indignation would be palpable.

We walk a fine line, in these here United States of America, between law, order, anarchy, freedom and liberty. If the government wants to squelch our Constitutional Rights, then let them do it by the means the Constitutional Framers provided, in great foresight, Constitutional Amendment.

Given our recent history we’re probably more likely to be concerned about how much time Britney has spent in rehab than we are with pesky little details like our Constitutional Rights.

Although I would never find myself in synchronization with the FLDS Church, I gave my life, in effect, to fight for their Constitutional Rights.

I would be the first to say intervene if there is evidence that children are being sexually abused. No matter what the context; However, an absence of evidence precludes the government from, or should preclude the government from, “raiding” private property, and “removing” citizens against their will.

This case perpetuates the notion that if you want to get at someone, just make a call to an anonymous hotline and their whole life will be turned upside down. Regardless if they have actually done anything wrong.

Maybe GenNex will, en masse, think that our Constitution is worth honoring and will govern in accordance with its doctrines.

Maybe not.

There is a growing consensus among today’s generation of power-hungry pols and unelected bureaucrats that the people should not be given information on how the government operates because the people don’t know how to interpret the information.

Isn’t that special?