The Census is to be collected in “such manner as they (Congress) shall by Law direct” (Article I, Section 2). The Constitutional wording is an unfortunately defect which our Founders could have never imagined the lengths of the over reach in power it would lead to, or perhaps they believed in a court system and checks and balances that would strike down any such law outside of the spirit of the Constitution and the Natural Law for which it is based. To think that the framers of the Constitution could envision Census workers under White House control being given legal authority to snoop on citizens requires a suspension of disbelief to find rational. When a corrupt Congress makes unreasonable laws that violate inalienable and natural rights of man it is a fundamental duty to abolish and nullify such laws. Dr. Martin Luther King has the best reminder as how to view such laws when he said, “never forget everything Hitler did was legal.” This is not an equivocation of the Census to genocidal actions of a Nazi regime, it is to remind of the slippery slope, the difference between legality and morality and where expansion of centralized power can end if civil libertarians are not on constant guard. In addition to these reports of snooping out of Memphis, Census workers have the legal right to enter your home without warrant. What could possibly be so important in a head count to justify a clear suspensions of the 4th Amendment?
Just when we thought firstname.lastname@example.org–which appears to be alive and well when clicked–was scary and invasive–it seems the Obama administration’s Census Bureau has outdone itself. A US census worker, driving a metallic gray Ford Taurus-type car, has been reported to be combing through the Memphis, TN suburb of Germantown knocking on doors asking people for information on their neighbors.
Yes, you read that correctly. The US census worker was asking how many people lived in the house next door on or about April 1, 2010. As if there wasn’t enough controversy with the census already, this just adds fuel to the fire.
According to the source, here’s what happened when Obama’s Orwellian Big Brother knocked:
The census worker identified himself, showed his credentials, and continued to ask if she knew if the house next door was occupied on April 1 of this year. The census worker also indicated that he had “difficulty” contacting the neighbors. After the source confirmed the house was occupied on April 1st, the census worker continued by asking, “How many people occupied that house?”
My source responded by saying, “If they haven’t filled out their census, I can’t help you and I have no intention of telling you anything about my neighbors and your recourse is to enforce your penalties.”
The worker replied, “Well you know why we take the census don’t you?”
My source replied, “Yes, in this case, to redistribute my wealth. And you are not permitted to ask me about my neighbors.”
The worker went on to say that the census is used to figure out the number of representatives and federal monies that would be allocated. The source still refused to answer and the census worker was asked to leave the property.
He then proceeded to knock on the other neighbor’s doors, apparently, to get the information he was sent our for. Let’s just hope that these people are not attorneys because this is a clear violation of the privacy and security procedures of the census to ensure an accurate and secure count. Nowhere in this information does it say your neighbors can provide census information.
In addition to this, last evening another source–in the neighboring suburb of Cordova, TN–had a 15-minute telephone conversation with a US census worker. The census worker asked questions regarding anyone currently living in a nursing home, a child’s address at college (when the student already filled out a census form), handicapped persons in the household, and anyone who may have lived there on April 1, 2010 and moved out after April 1, 2010.
This is a clear abuse of the protocols set forth to ensure the accuracy, privacy, and security of the census. Additionally, I find it disturbing that so many items from the Obama administration need branding and clarification, including the census, healthcare, immigration,
global warming[rebranded to] climate change, and basically any other issue they take on. Everything is broken, has been branded, and has a rhetoric-laden marketing plan. Oddly, this administration shuns the branding of products, foods, and the very companies that create jobs for millions of Americans.
For those on the left who cling to the old-school, no rules, free-living, liberal-Democrat roots, it’s time to wake up and see how alarming and further polarizing this move on the part of the government truly is. When will the mask of “good will” be ripped off the left and understood for the intrusive nature and oppression that it entrenches. This administration has continually displayed, through their sophomoric agitation of the people, that they have no conscious when it comes to pitting Americans against one another to achieve their goals.
On a final note, it should be reassuring to the people of Tennessee that the Obama administration does indeed know that the people of TN exist.