It it just me, or does anyone else find it ironic that as "Citizens of the World", our government now finds it necessary to occasionally mirandize enemy combatants that we capture - and our trained intelligence officers aren't allowed to even physically threaten or coerce terror suspects that may have information that could save human lives....
But my own government can prosecute me if I fail to answer invasive questions on the 2010 census?
This isn't a Republican vs. Democrat thing. I hate the sneaky bastards equally when it comes to them poking their noses into my butter. The Constitution gives the government the right, and responsibility, to count me and gather the most basic of information on me. The fact that I am compelled to provide all the other bullshit irks me to the bone.
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Exactly what about that paragraph do they not understand?
If 50 people see me shoot someone, and the police arrest me on the scene with the smoking gun still in my hand, I don't have to open my mouth one little bit to provide any information what.so.ever.... and the fact that I don't, can't legally be held against me.
But my responses to the "American Community Survey, like its predecessor, the decennial census long form, are mandatory."
And what happens if we refuse to answer, or give false information?
Title 13, Chapter 7 of the US Code:
(a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not more than $100.
(b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a) of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is false, shall be fined not more than $500.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no person shall be compelled to disclose information relative to his religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body.
and Section 222:
Whoever, either directly or indirectly, offers or renders to any officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof engaged in making an enumeration of population under subchapter II, IV, or V of chapter 5 of this title, any suggestion, advice, information or assistance of any kind, with the intent or purpose of causing an inaccurate enumeration of population to be made, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
So... if you screw up their plans on purpose, you can end up $1000 poorer and spend up to a year in jail.
Think they wouldn't make an example out of you if you hold out "on principal"?
None of this is anything new... but it sure bugs me.
Here's some of the questions that the Government has determined it "needs" to know:
Does this person have difficultly dressing or bathing?
Last WEEK, was this person temporarily absent from a job or business? (so, they need to know if I called in sick last week - why?)
How many cars do you own?
How do you get to work?
What time do you leave your house, when you go to work?
How many minutes does it take you to get to work?
It goes on and on..... including detailed questions about my income, and all sources of that income.
You can find information on the proposed list of questions that has been submitted to congress HERE.