By what legitimate authority?

Mama Liberty's picture

In the course of conversations about many of the high profile incidents being used to further the efforts of politicians and socialists of all stripes, especially the gun grabbers, the thing that came to my mind over and over was the question: by what authority? Why do so many people assume, or even enthusiastically agree with the idea that politicians, bureaucrats and "law enforcement" entities and personalities have some absolute and undeniable authority to do whatever it is they do, and to force that on all the rest of us who do not agree with their plans?

We went on to discuss the idea of these incidents being instigated, planned and carried out by government agents to further this "authority." And then, of course, we came to "conspiracy" theories and whether or not these events really happened or were merely used to further the goals of the "authorities."

And it seems fairly obvious to me that there is not a cut and dried answer. I'm sure there are elements of "conspiracy" in many of them. Opportunistic use of events and personalities involved, manipulation of the facts and all the government/media spin and speculation, as well as the gullible nature of those absorbing the information, confuses that issue badly.

There definitely seems to be a plan, and a goal.

Not a “conspiracy.” A pogrom.

Only instead of “Jews,” this time it is independent thinkers, productive people who would rather not be robbed, those who can and will defend themselves and their communities. Free people of all kinds. And if we are too afraid of being seen as “conspiracy nuts,” I guess the pogrom, once again, will be a success. But I don’t really think that challenging the “official story” of these atrocities is the central need. “Conspiracy” is too pat. There’s just so much more to it than that.

The question not being asked by most of us is: By what legitimate authority? How does anyone legitimately gain authority to control the lives and choices of other people against their will?

Did you ever ask a politician, a gun grabber, a public school teacher, a bureaucrat… “By what legitimate authority do you demand, order, enforce, do these things?”

I have. Most, of course, cite the “constitution” and/or “the rule of law.” I then ask them how those things can confer LEGITIMATE authority. Where does legitimate authority over people’s lives and property originate?

So far, NONE of them can answer that, and most become extremely angry when questioned at all. Yet I would think that is the most important question we can ask.

And it’s the most important question we can ask ourselves. Do we own our lives, or have we given our sovereign and natural authority over ourselves to the rulers and politicians?

Those who have freely consented to be controlled by the constitution and the layers of ruling class and bureaucracy it created do not need my permission or my blessing. They are free to do so. The problem is that they feel equally or even especially free to impose that on me, even though I have NOT consented to be so ruled. By their own words, they must have the “consent of the governed,” but not one of them is willing to entertain the fact that not consenting -simply opting out – is possible.

Ask the question. Ask yourself first. Act accordingly.

A friend of mine loves to

A friend of mine loves to pull out her Cato pocket Constitution and ask people where it gives the FedGovs the power to define marriage, much less regulate it.

I just try to tell folks that the only reason government has authority is to protect liberty.

I like how you put it here.

Thanks :)

The point is that YOU can delegate your responsibility to protect YOUR liberty to someone else if you wish, but no person or group of people has legitimate authority to force others to live under that delegation against their will.

In the end, any sort of "limited government" with the power to tax/coerce is like having just a few fire ants in your bed. They may not find you often, but they WILL find you... and they breed.

I want zero fire ants, and I'll defend my own liberty. :)