Monday, December 31, 2018 by A Freeman
Licensed to Death
Why do we need so many state-issued licenses (and tributes/taxes) in a supposedly free country? Why should anyone need the state’s permission to do anything that is lawful, e.g. travel and work?
The government tells us it’s for our own protection and peace of mind. They claim chaos would ensue if not for their mandatory licensing programs, which get more expensive every year. But would it? Or is that what they would have us believe and repeat to each other to justify their own existence?
What exactly is a license and where did the idea come from for the state to set up their lucrative business selling them?
licentious |lʌɪˈsɛnʃəs| – adjective
1 promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters. the ruler’s tyrannical and licentious behaviour. the licentious avenues of New York City.
2 archaic disregarding accepted conventions, especially in grammar or literary style.
DERIVATIVES – licentiously adverb; licentiousness noun
ORIGIN late Middle English: from Latin licentiosus, from licentia ‘freedom’.
A license is the government’s equivalent of a catholic “indulgence” whereby you can sin, if you pay the church (or state) for a license/indulgence/permission. Further proof that there is no separation of church and state, if the tax exempt status “501(c)(3)” for “non-profit” organizations wasn’t proof enough.
indulgence |ɪnˈdʌldʒ(ə)ns| – noun
1 [ mass noun ] the action or fact of indulging: indulgence in self-pity.
• the state or attitude of being indulgent or tolerant: she regarded his affairs with a casual, slightly amused indulgence.
• [ count noun ] a thing that is indulged in; a luxury: Claire collects shoes—it is her indulgence.
2 chiefly historical (in the Roman Catholic Church) a grant by the Pope of remission of the temporal punishment in purgatory still due for sins after absolution. The unrestricted sale of indulgences by pardoners was a widespread abuse during the later Middle-Ages.
3 an extension of the time in which a bill or debt has to be paid. The notice
given granted a final indulgence of four weeks.
ORIGIN late Middle English: via Old French from Latin indulgentia, from the verb indulgere (see indulge) .
Driving a vehicle is not a licentious act, and therefore does not need a “license”. Neither does having a gun, a dog, going fishing or any other thing that is not licentious, including a trade, profession or skill.
“Personal liberty, or the Right to enjoyment of life and liberty, is one of the fundamental or natural Rights,
which has been protected by its inclusion as a guarantee in the various constitutions, which is not derived from,
or dependent on, the U.S. Constitution, which may not be submitted to a vote and may not depend on the
outcome of an election. It is one of the most sacred and valuable Rights, as sacred as the Right to private
property…and is regarded as inalienable”. 16 C.J.S., Constitutional Law, Sect. 202, p.987.
“The right to travel is part of the Liberty of which a citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law
under the Fifth Amendment. This Right was emerging as early as the Magna Carta.”
Kent vs. Dulles, 357; U.S.116 (1958).
No one EVER gave the state (i.e. government at the local, state or federal level) the right to destroy our inalienable rights through taxation, which is exactly what licenses do. Did you, or anyone you know vote for this?
“…It maybe said that a tax of one dollar for passing through the state cannot sensibly affect any function of
government or deprive a Citizen of any valuable Right. But if a state can tax…a passenger one dollar, it can tax
him a thousand dollars.” Crandall vs. Nevada, 75 U. S. (6 Wall) 35, 46, (1867).
“If the Right of passing through a state by a Citizen of the United States is one guaranteed by the Constitution,
it must be sacred from state taxation.” Ibid. p47.
The same goes for professional licenses:-
“The right to follow any of the common occupations of life is an inalienable right…”
“It has been well said that ‘the property which every man has in his own labor, as it is the original foundation
of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable. The patrimony of the poor man lies in the strength
and dexterity of his own hands, and to hinder his employing this strength and dexterity in what manner he thinks
proper, without injury to his neighbor, is a plain violation of this most sacred property’.”
United States Supreme Court, Butcher’s Union Co. v. Crescent City Co., 111 U.S. 746 (1883)
“There should be no arbitrary deprivation of Life or Liberty…” Barbier vs. Connolly, 113 U.S. 27, 31 (1885);
Yick Wo vs. Hopkins, 1l8 U.S. 356 (1886).
Yet despite all of these eloquent, noble-sounding words, the state requires licenses for dozens and dozens of trades and professions, which they refer to as “occupations”.
The state (government) must think all of us are stupid, or incapable or unwilling to read the very rules they aim to enforce, because they routinely violate our sacred, God-given rights and then laugh about it, as they put our money into their pockets. Sadly, it appears their gamble is paying off, at least for now, because most not only don’t question the need for all of these license fees and taxes, but seem willing to put up with whatever the state demands, as often as they demand it, out of cowardice or laziness.