…when the government can seize your savings without warning, not because you’re doing anything wrong, but because they don’t like how you divide it up for management:
His parents owned a general store and grill, and McLellan began helping out there at the ripe old age of 9. Then, 14 years ago, McLellan decided to try his hand at the family business and purchased his own store in the heart of the Bible Belt, naming it L&M Convenience Mart.
Business has been good for McLellan, and though L&M, located in Fairmont, N.C., began as just a convenience store and gas station, he’s since expanded it to include a restaurant that serves hot dogs, hamburgers and catfish sandwiches…
What McLellan didn’t know, though, was that the federal government could come in and take away what he’d worked so hard for…
When McLellan arrived at the store, he met two federal agents dressed in suits who asked to speak with him in private. McLellan led the agents to L&M’s stock room, where they asked him if he knew of the term “structuring.”
He had no idea.
The federal agents then showed McLellan paperwork that included deposits to the store’s account at Lumbee Guaranty Bank. The statements showed two deposits made within a 24-hour period totaling $11,400.
The statements, they said, indicated he had a history of consistent cash deposits of less than $10,000, which is illegal. ((But is absolutely none of the government’s business!! — Jemison))
Then, the agents told the small business owner something that shook him to his core: The Internal Revenue Service had seized all of the money in L&M’s bank account: $107,702.66.
And when this sort of “civil asset forfeiture” occurs, NONE of your Constitutional protections apply. You have to prove you AREN’T guilty of something (turning the justice system on its head in the process) in order to get ANY of your money back. In the name of the “War on drugs,” Americans have come to accept shocking levels of legal abuse from their government. As Plato said, “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.” We ask Uncle Sam to protect us from crack dealers and terrorists… and this is what we get in return.
McLellan, the story indicates, is one of the few Americans willing to go to court to contest this action, rather than “cut a deal” with the authorities that lets them keep half or more of what they seized. Path of least resistance, and all. Lest you think this is an unusual case where “not all sides of the story are being told,” let me remind you, dear reader, that I’ve written about this before. It’s common enough practice that I’m shocked there hasn’t been anti-government violence at this point. I know this much: I don’t care if you wear a uniform or not, theft is theft. And the patience of any people is not unlimited.
This is but one of the common abuses Americans now suffer at the hands of their government. So expect more of these blog titles: “You aren’t free…” Because you aren’t. The sooner the general public wakes up and understands that, the sooner we can start fixing the situation. As they say in any 12-step program, recognizing you have a problem is the first step in the road to recovery.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to prepare for the first commercial flight I’ve taken in four years. Until Americans as a group decide enough is enough, I suppose I can’t avoid the groping tentacles of TSA forever…