A free man could face prison time and the end of a career in law before it even begins.
I recently applied for a home mortgage on a new property. This is the second time I have bought a house. I was familiar (though it has been 8 years so I am by no means saying I remembered all of the paperwork I signed at the time) with the process from having bought a house before. About half way through the process a waiver is handed to me to sign. This isn’t out of the norm as many of the papers are authorizing the mortgage company to run your credit, review financial statements, and such. What caught me off guard was the heading; Patriot Act Disclosure. I think my wife heard my jaw hitting the floor and before I could get the words “what the bloody hell is this?” or something equally colorful my wife asks “What is this all about? How does a mortgage have to do with the Patriot Act?” The lender has no doubt heard this before so he responded that one of the provisions of the Patriot Act required that they provide identifying date to various agencies prior to approval for a mortgage. This means that before a lender (a private institution) seeking to conduct business (enter into voluntary contract) with a private individual must seek governmental approval. What the bloody hell? Have I woken up into a Kafkaesque version of America? It’s almost as if I am living in The Trial. The only difference is it is not some obscure governmental body that is putting the boot to my neck, but the Federal government in partnership with a private banking institution shrouded in secrecy (The Federal Reserve), and all in the name of security.
regulate — vb
- 1. to adjust (the amount of heat, sound, etc, of something) as required; control
- 2. to adjust (an instrument or appliance) so that it operates correctly
- 3. to bring into conformity with a rule, principle, or usage
I begin with a simple definition for a simple word, that still misses the most fundamental mark. The beauty of our Founding Documents was that they were legal documents written in language that the common man might understand. One did not need extensive legal training to understand and discuss the very nature of government and the principles by which they governed. Great care was given to what words were used and how those words might be twisted by future generations to counter the intent of the Founders. In one of the more well known examples (though still obscure considering how few people know this factoid) Thomas Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration of Independence he listed the inalienable rights as “Life, Liberty, and Property.” Understanding that this might be used to cement the notion that one man can own another as property the text was changed to be what we all know it to be today; “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
I recently posted on FaceBook a comment made by Ms. McCain which generated quite a bit of traffic. Her comments have bothered my for a few days now and I think I finally understand why. It’s because of several intertwined themes I am seeing in this Republic of ours.
MEGHAN McCAIN: “Well, I speak as a 26 year old woman and my problem is that no matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office. She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that says to my generation is one day you can just wake up and run for Senate no matter how lack of… experience you have. And it scares me for a lot of reasons.”
The implications are that if one is not a political insider or business mogul we should just as soon not get out of bed as get the harebrained idea that we could be qualified to run for public office, in this case the US Senate. A quick review of the US Constitution will reveal a very limited list of prerequisites for candidacy to the US Senate.