Government of assassins
Dear Editor:So many regulations, rules, laws, elections, codifications, congressman and councilpersons; oh, where can it all end? Who has the authority to do what to whom and why? On what authority does our government practically rest? On what grounds can those who pretend to administer the monster claim the right to seize people’s property, to deprive them of their natural liberty, industry and trade, and to possibly kill all who deny their authority to dispose of people’s properties, liberties and lives at their pleasure or discretion?An election is held and maybe half to two-thirds of all the voters have an understanding that they will maintain a government. That they will select, by ballot, the persons to administer it; and that those persons who may receive a majority, or a plurality, of their ballots, shall act as their representatives, and administer the government in their name, and by their authority.The understanding cannot at all justify the conclusion drawn from it. An understanding between Adam, Butch and Clive, that they will, by ballot, depute Dunkirk as their agent, to deprive me of my property, liberty or life, cannot at all authorize Dunkirk to do so. He is none the less a robber, tyrant and murderer, because he claims to act as their agent, than he would be if he avowedly acted on his own responsibility alone.Dunkirk would be acting as someone’s agent to the harm of another. None of the voters in this country appoints political agents in any open, authentic manner, or in any manner to make themselves responsible for their acts. Sounds like a secret ballot that makes a secret government The maxim applies here, that what does not appear does not exist. If they can show no principles, they have none. But a secret government is little less than a government of assassins.This is the kind of government we have; and it is the only one we are likely to have, until men are ready to say: We will consent to no Constitution, codes, congressman, presidents or laws, except such an one as we are neither ashamed nor afraid to sign; and we will authorize no government to do anything in our name which we are not willing to be personally responsible for.Rishi GrewalCarbondale
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