One thing inevitably follows the next – if the first thing is tolerated.
When the Supreme Court, America’s unelected legislative body, created an exception (several, actually) to the Fourth Amendment’s clear and definite prohibition of searches without having first established probable cause and without a specific warrant, the Fourth Amendment became a functional nullity – the equivalent of a plastic water jug shot through with holes.
One of those exceptions created out of thin air by the Supremes is the one which empowers armed government workers to randomly stop motorists who’ve given no reason to suspect them of having broken any laws – in order to force them to prove they haven’t broken any.
And (hopefully, from the viewpoint of the government) to find some they have.
This exception to what had been the Fourth – and Fifth – Amendment’s protections created Checkpoint America.
Which didn’t used to exist.
Millennials won’t remember that better, vanished time, but anyone older than 40 today can remember it.
Americans were once free to travel unmolested by the state’s armed goons unless the state’s armed goons could give a reason for molesting them, specifically.
Not arbitrarily and randomly.
Which is to say, unreasonably.
Public saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety is given as the justification for the trampling of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments’ clear prohibitions of this checkpoint business.
“Someone” among the herd of randomly stopped cars might be “drunk” – or some other illegal thing, it is argued. One could of course just as easily turn this around and argue that any of the armed government workers performing the random stop/search mighthave just raped a child.
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