Thursday, October 04, 2007

Heinrich Himmler Reagan Farr, Fuhrer Bredesen defend tobacco Gestapo

Tennessee Gestapo Chief Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr was to be found in today's News-Sentinel defending the Nazi tactics of his agency, which is now policing where Tennesseans may buy their cigarettes. If you dare buy more than two cartons of cigarettes across State lines, the State of Tennessee has its agents watching you. If you live near the border, nevermind that you are exercising your right as an American citizen to travel where you please and shop where you like, the Gestapo is watching where you buy your cigarettes, and when you try to return home, your tobacco will be seized as soon as you cross the Tennessee line.

If this can be legally upheld, there is nothing to stop the revenuers from confiscating food bought across State lines where there are no food taxes. If you don't believe this is a real infringement on your liberties, consider this:

So far, Farr said officials are only confiscating the cigarettes brought into the state by motorists. No cars have been seized, he said, and no motorist stopped had more than 10 cartons of cigarettes.

Let's translate: Farr's secret police aren't stopping big smugglers who are bringing cigarettes to Tennessee for resale, they are stopping the everyday traveller who has bought a carton or two for themselves.

Of course, the Fuhrer himself supports "the program," saying "I stand by my commissioner."

Farr has previously indicated his personal disdain for legislators and for the process of constitutional government, so it ought to come as no surprise that he has run afoul of a legislator determined to uphold his oath to defend both the Constitution of Tennessee and the United States: State Representative Stacey Campfield.

Farr apparently does not believe in critical free speech from the opposition, so he spends his time calling legislators and demanding that they remove blog posts critical of him or his agency. It is okay for Farr's revenuers to sit at the border and impede on motorists' rights to travel and to purchase as they please, and we can't criticize this because Farr "is a lawyer." Alert the presses!

Campfield is right to ask the Attorney General for a legal opinion on this matter. What's more, I would actually encourage citizens to file suit against the State to bring this henous practice to an end-this could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court folks.

Remember: Today it starts with travelling smokers-who is next on the Bredesen/Farr secret police hit list? It could be anyone.



Bredesen/Farr supporters celebrate "The Program"

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3 Comments:

At Thursday, October 04, 2007 10:15:00 AM, Blogger A. Renee Daley said...

David;

The state of Ohio has enacted a similar law here, but it does not deal with cigarettes. It limits and taxes bottles of wine purchased from other states. I would have to go back and read up on it, but I believe it deals specifically with bottles that are bought online.

All in the name of helping out local vineyards in the Buckeye State.

When is it going to stop?

 
At Thursday, October 04, 2007 7:30:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Renee;
Does the Ohio law in question provide for State agents sitting across the border watching people make purchases? This "program" does provide for that-it isn't just a law on the books like the Ohio law you speak of-it is draconian.

 
At Friday, October 05, 2007 8:53:00 AM, Blogger A. Renee Daley said...

David;

The state has outright BANNED out of state shipments from larger wineries. Here's a story from the Toledo Blade on the subject. While it may not be the exact same thing with people standing at the State border, it's still a blatant infringement on one's rights.

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071003/OPINION02/710030312

I hope the good citizens of Tennessee fight the injustice going on in your state. I've never heard of anything so blatantly un-American. It's nice to see that the Gestapo still exists in the Volunteer State.

 

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