Police completely ignorant of the concept of god-given natural rights
September 23, 2014
Back when the Constitution was drafted the founders did not explicitly include the right to travel.
Although the Articles of Confederation recognized the freedom of movement under Article 4, the founders considered this right so fundamental they felt it did not need specific enumeration in the Constitution.
So essential was the natural right of travel and freedom of movement considered, it was spelled out in Article 42 of the Magna Carta in 1215.
On numerous occasions the Supreme Court has ruled individuals have a right to travel and not be accosted by the state and its agents.
“The right of the citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, either by carriage or by automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit at will, but a common right which he has under the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” the Court ruled in Thompson v. Smith.
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“The right to travel is a part of the liberty of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the 5th Amendment,” it was decided in Kent v. Dulles.
“Undoubtedly the right of locomotion, the right to move from one place to another according to inclination, is an attribute of personal liberty, and the right, ordinarily, of free transit from or through the territory of any State is a right secured by the 14th amendment and by other provisions of the Constitution,” according to a ruling in Schactman v. Dulles.
“Government, in requiring the people to file for drivers license, vehicle registrations, mandatory insurance, and demanding they stop for vehicle inspections, roadblocks, etc. are restricting and therefore violating the peoples’ common law right to travel,” notes Steve Hempfling .
So eroded is the concept of individual, god-given rights that the police now consider the concept not only alien and antagonistic, but grounds for not only verbally abusing citizens, but injuring and, increasingly, killing them for daring to question their authority.
This ignorance of natural rights and the law is demonstrated by an Illinois cop in the above video.