March 8, 2010, - 11:13 am
A good friend of mine had the misfortune of experiencing an important–and scary–preview of what might face you, this year, as Census workers try to pry information from you beyond what is required by the U.S. Constitution.
Last summer, my friend was selected for the “pilot program” for the U.S. Census and tells me the frightening story of how U.S. Census workers repeatedly harassed her because she refused to fill out the ten-page questionnaire (which asked detailed, intrusive questions about her insurance, her kids’ schooling, how it was paid for and how they were transported there, etc.). Because she refused to fill out the form, a census worker visited her home over ten times, trying to threaten her into filling out the form. The census worker even put a copy of “the law” in her mailbox, with something about being prosecuted highlighted. The census worker told my friend that her participation was necessary to determine government social services, to which my friend replied that she doesn’t depend on the government and that they should pry into the lives of those who take welfare checks.
My friend, a teacher, wondered how a tiny requirement in the U.S. Constitution, requiring a count of American residents, resulted in Big Brother government suddenly demanding detailed personal information about her family. My friend repeatedly told the census worker, “We have four people in our household. That’s all I’m required to tell you, and that’s all you need to know.” Unfortunately, shortly after that, my friend and her husband were audited by the IRS over an alleged discrepancy of $150. Here’s more from my friend:
I was sent the census “pilot” form, this summer, It was very long and intrusive. It asked personal questions about where and how my kids got to school. When I refused to fill it out, I was relentlessly harassed by a census worker. Her name was Carol Emory and she threatened me with prosecution after she attempted to tell me what the Constitution said. I told her that I was a U.S. History teacher and knew exactly what it said. I also told her that I was a member of the NRA and not to come back to my house!
More people need to know that their rights are being violated.
In case you don’t know, here’s all the U.S. Constitution says about the Census, in Article I, Section 2:
The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.
That’s it. That’s all it says, and that’s in a section about how Representatives to Congress are apportioned. There is nothing there about how many toilets you have or how your kids get to school. It’s no-one’s business . . . especially not the government’s.
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