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Authority should not be confused with legitimacy

There are now bills that have been introduced in both houses of the New York State legislature, S1278 and A7348 (see https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S1278) that propose to enact “The Automatic Voter Registration Act.” Illegal and legal immigrants who have New York drivers licenses will automatically be opted in.

If it becomes law, S1278 will disenfranchise Republican and Conservative voters in state and local elections because immigrant naturalized citizens and their children typically vote Democrat. It follows that illegals will do the same. Allowing illegals and legals to vote is therefore unfair, unjust and arguably violates the supremacy clause (Article VI, Clause 2), the 4th Amendment and the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Illegal and legal immigrants who are allowed to vote in state and local elections will get away with voting in federal elections because nobody will enforce 18 U.S. Code 611. Federal agents cannot be in all polling places at once and Democratic state officials will almost certainly look the other way because they put party and paycheck above all else.

In his book “Against Democracy,” Jason Brennan (the famed author of “When all Else Fails, the ethics of resistance to state injustice”) Brennan “argues that democracy should be judged by its results — and the results are not good enough. Just as defendants have a right to a fair trial, citizens have a right to competent government. But democracy is the rule of the ignorant and the irrational, and it all too often falls short” (see https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691162607/against-democracy).

Like S1278 what follows is a list of recently passed laws by the New York’s majoritarian government that should be rejected: NY SAFE Act; Red Flag Law: Green Light Law; and the Bail Reform Law. These laws are illegitimate — they are nothing more than unfair, unjust and tyrannical edicts. While the ruling class in NY state has the authority to compel compliance by force, authority should not be confused with legitimacy. Therefore, I suggest that motivated Americans who are New York residents follow the example of the Virginia Citizens Defense League whose members are pushing back against Virginia’s detestable governor and his minions (see https://www.vcdl.org/) because democracy has fallen short in New York.

“If every person has the right to defend — even by force — his person, his liberty, and his property, then it follows that a group of men have the right to organize and support a common force to protect these rights constantly.”

The Law. Frederick Bastiat Paris, 1850.

CHARLES F. HEIMERDINGER

Edinburg