"The government can't make you do anything," says Ann Barnhardt of Barnhardt Capital Management, Inc. in a controversial website posting yesterday. In fact, she says, you have a responsibility to engage in non-compliance since the current government is 'illegitimate.'
Barnhardt makes these statements in a hard-hitting two-part series entitled, 'We the Whipped.' Her premise is that Americans by and large have abdicated their responsibility as sovereign individuals by assuming they are 'forced' to accept whatever unconstitutional encroachments on liberty the current government decides to unleash on the people.
But the truth, says Barnhardt, is that no government can force a sovereign individual who has been endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights to do anything. This was the premise the Founders laid out in the Declaration of Independence. Further, the Founders stated that any government that encroaches on those God-given unalienable rights is automatically illegitimate and must not be obeyed.
Barnhardt maintains that the current 'government'--not the government structure described in and mandated by the Constitution, but the one the current occupants of elected office have erected in its place--is entirely illegitimate and must be resisted in every way by the citizenry...