Here’s six more.
1. We’re here to protect your rights
As many Americans have learned recently, there’s an epidemic of police brutality in America. With the help of the federal government, America police departments have been militarized, and too often they treat citizens like an enemy to defeat instead of a population to protect.
As Senator Rand Paul wrote:
When you couple this militarization of law enforcement with an erosion of civil liberties and due process that allows the police to become judge and jury—national security letters, no-knock searches, broad general warrants, pre-conviction forfeiture—we begin to have a very serious problem on our hands.
Police brutality is a systemic problem—84 percent of cops say they’ve seen it happen—and it unfairly targets minorities. Protecting our rights, this is not.
2. Your stuff is yours to keep
Did you know the Supreme Court has ruled it’s legal for the government to take your house and give it to a business so they can use the land instead?
Well, it did.
While most people will thankfully never be subjected to this gross abuse of private property rights, the government could still legally take your stuff through civil asset forfeiture.
Never heard of it? Most haven’t.
As I noted a few weeks ago, civil asset forfeiture is basically a law that allows a police officer who finds you “suspicious” to just take your stuff. Once your property has been confiscated, the burden of proof is on you, not the police, to show that you didn’t get it from any criminal activity. You have no right to a lawyer and won’t get a day in court.
Civil asset forfeiture happens a lot, because police conveniently consider large amounts of cash very suspicious indeed—but not too suspicious to dump it right into their own department coffers.
3. You can trust us with your future
More than half of Millennials believe we’ll never get any of the money we’re forced to pay into Social Security—and we’re right:
The management of entitlement programs, already weighted heavily in favor of the older population, has a very specific terminal point that coincides neatly with the Boomers’ deaths. The 2011 report by the Social Security trustees estimates that, under its current administration, the fund will run out in 2036, so there’s just enough to get the oldest Boomers to age ninety.
For Millennials, there’s nothing secure about Social Security. So when do we get to opt out and be responsible for our own futures?