Question: When do you know that you live in a tyranny?
Answer: When the citizens vote to ban red light cameras and the city reacts by suing them.
St. Charles County, MO -- St. Peters, O’Fallon, Lake St. Louis, and a councilman from O’Fallon have filed a lawsuit against their OWN CITIZENS.
In November of last year, the citizens of St. Charles County democratically expressed their anger with the use of red light cameras in their town. Seventy-three percent of those who went to the polls approved a measure to ban red light cameras.
However, the fat cat bureaucrats, apparently afraid of losing the money generated from the rights-violating red light cameras, don't like that vote. They are now taking action to punish the citizens for trying to undermine their perceived authority.
“Seventy-three percent of the voters pass a ban on red light cameras so what these cities are doing are suing 73 percent of the voters in St. Charles County, within their own cities. They’re suing their own residents,” said St. Charles County Councilman Joe Brazil.
In true Orwellian fashion, the cities are claiming that the measure, which was passed by voters, is unconstitutional.
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The attorney representing the cities in the lawsuit said the county’s legal authority is cut and dry.
“The state can dictate what cities are authorized to do or prohibit the cities from doing things. There’s nothing in the Missouri Constitution that provides the county to do the same thing,” said attorney John Young.
In other words, politicians can mandate that the citizens be extorted by removing due process and sending them tickets in the mail. However, if the citizens try and stop this act of extortion, it is "unconstitutional" and their consent is no longer needed.
On Tuesday, FOX 2 News in St. Louis, looked into the cost of this ridiculous suit. They reported that St. Peters could pay between $500,000 and $750,000 and the cost to St. Charles County government could be up to $150,000.
But where would this money come from? Simple, it would come from the very people they are attempting to sue!
It is estimated that the lawsuit could take years to resolve in the courts. And so continues the ridiculous and vicious cycle of the state.