Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Defying the Census

As a Houstonian, I feel proud to live in the heart of census nullification country. From the Houston Chronicle, via Lewrockwell.com:

Texas is counting on the 2010 Census to deliver four new congressional districts, four new Electoral College votes in presidential elections, and millions of dollars in additional federal aid. But, as some elected officials are starting to worry, Uncle Sam can't deliver anything to the rapidly growing Sun Belt state unless Texas residents deliver their forms back to the government.

As of Friday afternoon, only 27 percent of Texas households had filled in and returned their census forms – well below the national average of 34 percent – according to computer data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In Harris County, the response rate is 23 percent. Houston's returns are running at 21 percent.

Contrary to historical trends, some of the toughest challenges facing the agency responsible for measuring the nation's population are not from counting the traditionally undercounted groups such as African-Americans and Latinos. Instead, a new and growing threat to an accurate national head count is coming from anti-government conservatives who may not fill out their forms to protest against “Big Brother” in Washington.

Predictably, the journos whine that non-compliance with illegal State intrusiveness constitutes a "threat." In a way they're correct. Nullification - the refusal to obey or enforce unconstitutional laws - erodes the legitimacy of the master class and threatens its agenda of totalitarian control.

I expect at least some of the census takers will get truculent as they go door to door, threatening citizens with fines if they won't divulge any information beyond the constitutionally mandated head count. How will "anti-government conservatives" react to bullying from stripling bureaucrats who represent not just a despotic government, but a Democrat president they heartily despise, in a political climate where nullification and even state secession are openly discussed and advocated? Not well, I expect, and not submissively.

Update (4/1/10)

Last night the local Fox affiliate news program warned that non-compliant Houstonians will be subjected to a campaign of "harassment" by the census minions. They actually used that word, not a euphemism like "assistance" or "visits by census takers." The master class and its spokesmen no longer bother to conceal their abusive intentions toward the proles.

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