John Whitehead: "It's Time For A Bracing Dose Of Reality, America"

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government officials who are largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions, and inflicted on an overtaxed, overregulated, and underrepresented populace.

Consider, for example, that federal and state governments now require - on penalty of a fine - that individuals apply for permission before they can grow exotic orchids, host elaborate dinner parties, gather friends in one’s home for Bible studies, give coffee to the homeless, let their kids manage a lemonade stand, keep chickens as pets, or braid someone’s hair, as ludicrous as that may seem.

A current case before the Supreme Court, Niang v. Tomblinson, strikes at the heart of this bureaucratic exercise in absurdity that has pushed overregulation and overcriminalization to outrageous limits. This particular case is about whether one needs a government license in order to braid hair.

Missouri, like many states across the country, has increasingly adopted as its governing style the authoritarian notion that the government knows best and therefore must control, regulate and dictate almost everything about the citizenry’s public, private and professional lives.

In Missouri, anyone wanting to braid African-style hair and charge for it must first acquire a government license, which at a minimum requires the applicant to undertake at least 1500 hours of cosmetology classes costing tens of thousands of dollars. Tennessee has fined residents nearly $100,000 just for violating its laws against braiding hair without a government license.

It’s not just hair braiding that has become grist for the overregulation mill.

Almost every aspect of American life today - especially if it is work-related - is subject to this kind of heightened scrutiny and ham-fisted control, whether you’re talking about aspiring “bakers, braiders, casket makers, florists, veterinary masseuses, tour guides, taxi drivers, eyebrow threaders, teeth whiteners, and more.”

For instance, whereas 70 years ago, one out of every 20 U.S. jobs required a state license, today, almost 1 in 3 American occupations requires a license.

The problem of overregulation has become so bad that, as one analyst notes, “getting a license to style hair in Washington takes more instructional time than becoming an emergency medical technicianor a firefighter.”

This is what happens when bureaucrats run the show, and the rule of law becomes little more than a cattle prod for forcing the citizenry to march in lockstep with the government.

Overregulation is just the other side of the coin to overcriminalization, that phenomenon in which everything is rendered illegal and everyone becomes a lawbreaker.

This is the mindset that tried to penalize a fisherman with 20 years’ jail time for throwing fish that were too small back into the water and subjected a 90-year-old man to arrest for violating an ordinance that prohibits feeding the homeless in public.

It’s no coincidence that both of these incidents—the fishing debacle and the homeless feeding arrest—happened in Florida.

Despite its pristine beaches and balmy temperatures, Florida is no less immune to the problems plaguing the rest of the nation in terms of overcriminalization, incarceration rates, bureaucracy, corruption, and police misconduct. 

In fact, the Sunshine State has become a poster child for how a seemingly idyllic place can be transformed into a police state with very little effort. As such, it is representative of what is happening in every state across the nation, where a steady diet of bread and circuses has given rise to an oblivious, inactive citizenry content to be ruled over by an inflexible and highly bureaucratic regime.

Just a few years back, in fact, Florida officials authorized police raids on barber shops in minority communities, resulting in barbers being handcuffed in front of customers, and their shops searched without warrants. All of this was purportedly done in an effort to make sure that the barbers’ licensing paperwork was up to snuff.

As if criminalizing fishing, charity, parenting decisions, and haircuts wasn’t bad enough, you could also find yourself passing time in a Florida slammer for such inane activities as singing in a public place while wearing a swimsuit, breaking more than three dishes per day, farting in a public place after 6 pm on a Thursday, and skateboarding without a license.

This transformation of the United States from being a beacon of freedom to a locked down nation illustrates perfectly what songwriter Joni Mitchell was referring to when she wailed, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Only in our case, sold on the idea that safety, security and material comforts are preferable to freedom, we’ve allowed the government to pave over the Constitution in order to erect a concentration camp. 

The problem with these devil’s bargains, however, is that there is always a catch, always a price to pay for whatever it is we valued so highly as to barter away our most precious possessions.

We’ve bartered away our right to self-governance, self-defense, privacy, autonomy and that most important right of all—the right to tell the government to “leave me the hell alone.”

In exchange for the promise of safe streets, safe schools, blight-free neighborhoods, lower taxes, lower crime rates, and readily accessible technology, health care, water, food and power, we’ve opened the door to militarized police, government surveillance, asset forfeiture, school zero tolerance policies, license plate readers, red light cameras, SWAT team raids, health care mandates, overcriminalization, overregulation and government corruption.

In the end, such bargains always turn sour.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this is what happens when the American people get duped, deceived, double-crossed, cheated, lied to, swindled and conned into believing that the government and its army of bureaucrats—the people we appointed to safeguard our freedoms—actually have our best interests at heart.

Yet when all is said and done, who is really to blame when the wool gets pulled over your eyes: you, for believing the con man, or the con man for being true to his nature?

It’s time for a bracing dose of reality, America.

Wake up and take a good, hard look around you, and ask yourself if the gussied-up version of America being sold to you—crime free, worry free and devoid of responsibility—is really worth the ticket price: nothing less than your freedoms.


NidStyles ebworthen Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:42 Permalink

It’s a huge problem, the solutions are there, it’s just impossible to get everyone to go along with it. 


I don’t have religious hatred, behaviorial and political hatred I have plenty of.


The next fat kid trying to call me a pig can feel free to walk a day in my shoes. Remember they have a star and they are a specific color. Just walk through the entirety of that area and don’t forget the pants of the same color.

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stacking12321 Megaton Jim Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:41 Permalink

no, that honor would belong to simpletons who think that all muslims are like this, or all jews are like that.

these people generally are not too bright, and pretty lazy, so they don't want to bother looking at the specifics of each person and judging them by their individual merits, they just want to put people in pre-concieved boxes so they don't have to think too hard. thinking too hard hurts their tiny little brains.

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Heros stacking12321 Thu, 05/17/2018 - 05:33 Permalink

"they don't want to bother looking at the specifics of each person and judging them by their individual merits"

Only goyim are responsible for the crimes of their government.  That is why the entire planet has to pay "holocaust" reparations to Jews 4evuh. Jews can only be judged individually, and that is at the world court in Jerusalem.  Jews don't have any collective guilt for how many goyim Palestinians are blood sacrificed, by jubilating jewish snipers sitting on a 40ft tall border wall, to the accolades of all the jews reading the international Jewish press. 

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LetThemEatRand Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

Florida's governor is a former CEO of a huge healthcare company that was criminally charged with Medicare fraud.  He said he didn't know, he managed to avoid charges, and then the idiots of the state of Florida elected him.  But he's a Republican, so he's pro-big-business and pro-freedom.  We have that going for us.

ted41776 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:23 Permalink

no population has EVER voted itself out of tyranny. no sense in sitting around bitching about it. people will continue taking it until they don't. enough said

WTFUD ItsAllBollocks Wed, 05/16/2018 - 23:08 Permalink

The police are there to serve & protect Public Officials and therefore little incentive for Congress to bring about their own downfall by jailing the criminal elements within, the corrupt. It's those police officers who are their last line of defense and unfortunately some will use this freedom to push the boundary.

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Pritchards Ghost Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:44 Permalink

The American Volunteer Group still maintains a roster.


What can you bring to the fight?


Otherwise, please bring support to 8th Air Force wives and families.


Support the B-21 Raider.


Six turning and four burning

Utopia Planitia Wed, 05/16/2018 - 23:15 Permalink

This will remain in place as long as people let progs run their lives. Here in WA you have to collect 1500 hrs (and get the license) before you are legally allowed to cut somebody's hair for a fee! Why? Well the stated reason is "for the cherrun <children>".  (health and safety, of course!) You would have to be a complete idiot to believe that. The real reason is the same as it is for everything else:

1. For Power and Control!

2. For the additional tax dollars so the progs can use it to buy more votes!!!

A very simple equation. There is a simple way out, but most are not (yet) willing to enact the necessary solution...

A Sentinel Utopia Planitia Thu, 05/17/2018 - 02:10 Permalink

There’s also the widespread acceptance of the “expert” being the authority and “common sense” as being redneck or something. Naturally, I want the top medical talent and to hire the best - but “expertise” and frankly even “experience” (as in years of it) are overrated.

Give me someone who is able to think and likes doing it - keep the lazy moron with three phd’s.

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Zappalives Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:46 Permalink

Listen up and listen good dreambabies,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,quit buying in to their bullshit.

Your fagget amazon/walarmt plastic pumpkins.

Your .............cant wait to show a photo of my faggot nigger lunch.

Am sick of your suicide death cult.

do not fuck with me.

To Hell In A H… Thu, 05/17/2018 - 01:59 Permalink

" largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions"

The author hit the nail on the head, with that statement. There is simply no repercussion for the economically bad, fraudulent, criminal, or society destroying social policies.

The boast of "Doing Gods Work" was the ultimate in hubris and rubbing our faces in it. That was the final nail in my "let them it eat cake" coffin. There is reform possible and no forgiving after that.

If there is one sobering thought, it is not just the elite of the USSA and Europe, even though they have taken the lead. It is the elite of the 80% of the world.

Generation O Thu, 05/17/2018 - 04:41 Permalink

Last time I checked, the EU had 14 laws pertaining to the design of toothbrushes.  I should think they would have better things to do, such as counting all the money they are being paid to engage in such twaddle.

JelloBeyonce Thu, 05/17/2018 - 07:29 Permalink

How many of you have worked in Legislatures?

I have.

Before you blame the "government" for overregulation, consider the following:
Those "cosmotologists", “bakers, braiders, casket makers, florists, veterinary masseuses, tour guides, taxi drivers, eyebrow threaders, teeth whiteners, etc. are all regulated because the industries they represent have asked for that regulation.

That's what Lobbyists that represent these industries do.
Trade Associations hire these lobbyists on behalf of their member companies, to lobby Legislators to pass more regulation to keep profits higher.

Regulation = Protectionism = Less competition & more money.

We have only ourselves to blame for our own lack of freedoms.

The government, though it does have plenty of its own faults, has become a runaway train simply because the Engineers driving it, the "People", have operated with lead foots and no brakes.


How many of you whiners take the time to contact/write your local & national government Reps regularly, rather than just bitch on comments sections like this?
Your worthless comments here certainly aren't going to make a difference.

How many of you turds bother to show up at State Houses to attend committee meetings to voice your opinions on legislation up for consideration?

How many of you mindless dolts bother to conduct grassroots campaigns to make meaningful changes?

The Lobbyists are there in front of the Lawmakers, making the voices of their clients known & heard.
That's why the government continues its spiraling descent into special interest legislation.

A Republic No More - Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption
by Jay Cost

Most every one of you here has themselves to blame for the problems.
You're all nothing but a bunch of passive spectators, whining and crying in a public forum, but not making the effort to try to make effectual changes.

You fucking idiots are like the armchair Quarterbacks yelling at your TV's & smartphones over the "missed" play of your favorite sports team.
Mere worthless spectators.

Media like ZeroHedge are to blame for refusing/failing to trying to activate their merely passive audiences. They simply provide useless outlets to allow the mindless masses to vent, without making any significant change.

Members of the United States Congress -

Many states have the same locator tools to find your local Reps.
Many cities, townships, counties have the same to locate Commissioners, Council Members, Committee Members, etc.



Democracy and Political Ignorance
by Ilya Somin

The Myth of the Rational Voter
by Bryan Caplan

numapepi Thu, 05/17/2018 - 08:50 Permalink

The answer to this problem is to hold the elite to the same standards they hold us to. Monitor them, drug test them, and don't let the elite get away with a thing. Only then, once they are held to their own laws and especially our Constitution, will our republic become free again.