Sunday, January 26, 2014

33 Grievances For the Government of The United States of America

I, Paul Brown, a citizen of the United States of America, a freeman, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a veteran of the war in Iraq, a voter, and a man who takes responsibility for the state of his nation do hereby declare this list of grievances. These grievances are not simply annoyances or items for concern. Rather they are unacceptable to anyone who takes seriously the principle of liberty and justice for all. I do not request, but demand instant, drastic reform in these areas at all levels of government including local, territory, state, and federal.

  1. The tax burden placed upon the people by federal and state governments is unacceptably large, hurting the ability of the individual to thrive, and putting more power and control in the hands of the government.
  2. The governments actions in forcing individuals to pay for certain products and services including, but not limited to, retirement savings and health care infringes upon the basic right of the individual to choose for better or for worse. 
  3. The mismanagement of federal money has violated the most basic public trust, as the current federal deficit of over 17 trillion dollars is abominably large; lack of effort by both parties to sufficiently address this issue shows a near treasonous level of negligence that must be addressed forthwith. 
  4. The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been heavily infringed at the local, state, and federal level in a plethora of ways, all of which must be changed immediately.
  5. The federal government's judgement in the use of force overseas has many great deficiencies to include when force must be used, how it must be used, for how long, and to what objective. Wars are fought when they ought not be fought, and when they ought be fought they are not fought with the objective to win. This is criminal negligence of the public's trust.
  6. Federal, state, and local laws have created an enormous amount of red tape through which individuals and business must cut in order to be profitable in business legally.
  7. The militarization of police has given way to a police force across the nation that mirrors military tactics and capabilities, rendering civilians in the United States subject to the very same tactics and weapons employed in warfare. For example, as many as 80,000 or more SWAT raids occur in the US every year, many for non-violent offenses.
  8. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures has been violated at local, state, and federal levels by an army of departments and agencies in pursuit of the war on drugs, the war on terror, and other mantras that have been put above the rights of the people over the last several decades.
  9. The federal government has failed to protect the lives of an entire class of individuals by legalizing and protecting the act of abortion, resulting in the murder of over 57 million unborn humans.
  10. The federal and state governments have violated the individual's right to choose for himself or herself by making illegal entire classes of substances known as narcotics. Several government entities continue to pursue this theme by seeking legal restrictions on other substances like trans fat, sugars, cigarettes, and other items deemed unhealthy by the state.
  11. The federal government, through spending, central bank manipulation, taxation, incentives, stimulus packages, tax breaks, tax credits, grants, unfair partnerships with certain businesses and industries, and a host of other measures has meddled in the economy in ways that have led to bubbles, crashes, and markets too stifled to fully thrive as they should in a modern economy.
  12. Petty and invasive laws have placed federal control in areas where the government ought not have any business to include restrictions on toilet flush capacities, types of light bulbs, and other bizarrely restrictive areas.
  13. Through the exercise of no-knock warrants and other forced searches without warrants using militarized SWAT units, federal, state, and local governments have violated the third amendment by quartering troops in the homes of private citizens without permission.
  14. Federal, state, and local governments have turned a host of rights into privileges by forcing private citizens to seek permission to exercising these most basic rights including but not limited to: the right to keep and bear arms, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to marry.
  15. Federal, state, and local governments have forcibly "spread the wealth" through taxation of certain groups and passing along those moneys to other groups without remuneration.   
  16. Laws have been passed at all levels of government that are regularly not enforced, or in many cases almost never enforced due to the lack of practicality of enforcement, lack of sense in creation of the law, or the uproar that would occur if it were enforced regularly. This creates an undue burden on the public and additionally gives the state a means to oppress individuals by unevenly enforcing the law against those it wishes to target.
  17. Corruption exists at all levels of government, and though it is seen and evidenced nearly every day it has been normalized, and is often ignored. 
  18. The federal government has ignored the tenth amendment and no longer leaves decisions up to individual states when they should be up to the individual states. 
  19. The two party system has failed us. Neither party seeks what is best for the people of the United States of America.
  20. Foreign policy has been neglected to a point that there is no recognizably cohesive foreign policy that would benefit the people of the United States.
  21. The federal government uses the Internal Revenue Service to target individuals and organizations with whom it disagrees, targeting political dissidents and others. 
  22. Legislation is regularly passed that contains special handouts or payments for specific groups or parties, also known as "pork," as a means to incentivize legislators to vote for its passing.
  23. Often legislation is passed without having been read by all or in some cases any of the voting legislators. This legislation, in many cases, is too long and complex to make any cohesive sense, and creates more red tape and an undue burden on the public. 
  24. Those elected into office and others appointed are often not held to the same standards as regular citizens, and are often held to lower standards. This includes not prosecuting, not firing, and not disciplining those who are caught in criminal or unethical actions. It also includes the well-known insider trading that occurs in Congress. 
  25. The judicial system has, for all practical purposes, become a legislative body in the way it treats "case law." The job of any and every court is only to interpret law, and it is well known that many of those even on the Supreme Court have a disdain for the very document by which they are to judge. 
  26. Minorities and other marginalized groups are often unfairly targeted for search, arrest, and prosecution by local law enforcement and courts. 
  27. Federal and state governments have created protected classes of individuals, typically based on race. 
  28. Elected officials regularly lie to the public and are not held to account. 
  29. Businesses and individuals provide financial remuneration for legislation in their favor, which legislators accept. 
  30. Immigration needs to be handled; it should be easier to enter the United States legally, and harder to enter the United States illegally.
  31. Foreign nations and groups should be held to account when they attack and kill Americans, such as the events in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. 
  32. The federal government has, in times of peace, neglected to sufficiently collect or act on intelligence overseas that would help protect the nation from hostile actions by foreign parties.
  33. The federal government, which has become disgustingly large and invasive, should be significantly smaller in number of agencies and departments, number of personnel, and funding. 

This list is not exhaustive, and there may be many more grievances both specific and general that I and other free residents of this nation have. These are not requests, but demands. We, the free people of the United States of America, are not subjects. We are citizens. We, therefore, are responsible for our own society, culture, government, and freedoms. We may blame others, including those who we elected and their appointees, but ultimately we must hold ourselves to account for the state of the nation. Change must, and shall begin not with them, but with us. 

If you agree with this list share it with friends, and family, email it to representatives, and do what you can to help make these changes happen. 


  1. The tone of this document, particularly the word "demand" in the preamble is ballsy, Brown. I applaud you and wish that more people were like-minded. Question for you, though: are we too far gone? I am nearing the point where I would pack up my prospective future wife and family and find a new haven for freedom and justice in this world...

  2. Too far gone? It's hard to say. Looking back one might come to the conclusion that we've idealized our past a little bit. That is to say, rights and such have been infringed in this country for a long time. It's not just something that started happening in the last decade or two. Some of these things go back to the 60s, the 20s, and before all the way back into the 1800s. So it is worthwhile to consider that there is a sliding scale, and no nation does or ever has sat at the most ideal end of that scale (such a nation will never exist in our time). Furthermore, I would say that it would be difficult to find another place to live with as much freedom and justice as we have here in the US, despite my grievances and demands. There are some decent candidates. Uruguay is pretty free. It's difficult to rank nations head-to-head though, as they all tend to be more free in some areas and less in others.