Lowering the Bar – February 09, 2010:

In South Carolina, anyone engaged in “subversive activities” must now register with the Secretary of State. Failure to comply with the Subversive Activities Registration Act passed last year and now in full and glorious effect [see below] subjects the non-registering subversive to penalties up to and including a $25,000 fine and/or ten years of imprisonment.

Actually, I take that back. You don’t actually have to be engaged in subversive activities. You only have to be a member of some group in which at least one other person is at least thinking about subversive activities.

So, let’s say you are a member of the Libertarian Party, and so is this guy, who showed up at an Obama rally with a gun and a sign saying it’s time to “water the tree of liberty [with the blood of tyrants]. Have there been any Libertarian Party policy statements or other comments that could conceivably be read to support this doofus? Are you sure? Because if so, libertarians in South Carolina apparently have to register, and provide the Secretary of State “all information which he may request, on the forms and at the times he may prescribe.” S.C. Code sec. 23-29-70. Failing to do so — not actually trying to overthrow the government, but failing to fill out the form — could get you ten years in jail. (Same for you, Republicans.)

  1. Breetai says:

    From the Department of Absurdity

    Worst part about that is that it’s real.

  2. bill says:

    How about if they even think about it?

  3. Rectal Dysfunction says:

    You show your bias. From the article: “Also, I think the Democratic Party has probably worked on policies “in collaboration with” a “international political organization” — let’s say, global warming and the United Nations? — so that makes it an “organization subject to foreign control” under section 23-29-20(2)(b). I frankly don’t know a lot about ACORN, but somebody would probably argue it “indirectly advocates” taking power by “other unlawful means.” So, you too.”

    In other words it’s equal opportunity nonsense.

  4. Jetfire says:

    Yeah, Lets see how long this last. How do they even justify First Amendment violations?

  5. John E. Quantum says:

    In my part of the USA, you need a permit just to rob a bank- unless you are a member of the financial industry.

  6. Greg Allen says:

    Does wanting to break up America count as a subversive act?

    If so, there are millions of conservatives who need to register as official anti-Americans.


  7. deowll says:

    The law is clearly unconstitutional. The people that passed it are a disgrace. Unfortunately they did it. This is why we have a Bill of Rights and a Supreme Court.

  8. Carl says:

    I don’t know about you….but doesn’t that guy look alot like George Bush? That would certainly explain the thinking behind this new law….

  9. Thomas says:

    Alien and Sedition Acts Part II.

  10. paddler says:

    Are you now or have you ever been a member of the communist par… er… a subversive organization?

  11. gmknobl says:

    SC, ID, TX – so many nutball governments, so little time.

  12. LibertyLover says:

    I guess voting for the party NOT in power would be considered attempting to overthrow the government.

  13. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    I sent my form in six weeks ago and haven’t heard diddly back yet. I wish they’d hurry up so I can get started.

  14. chris says:

    Do they have a special form for secret subversive agents?

  15. pokey says:

    This is the alleged form.
    Pretty open ended if you ask me.

  16. Uncle Patso says:

    …“organization subject to foreign control”…

    So I guess that would include the Roman Catholic Church, no?

  17. Russ says:

    Not really news, since this law is not new. It was passed back in the 1950’s, in response to the communist scare.

  18. Canucklehead says:

    if the US can secede from the British Empire, than why can’t Texas secede from the Union?

    more power to the states, I say.

  19. BmoreBadBoy says:

    #19 To continue your line of thought (which I like, btw) if Texas can secede from the Union, then why can’t Baltimore secede from Maryland, and why can’t I secede from Baltimore?

  20. noname says:

    # 19 Canucklehead, And that was the same reasoning that lead to the civil war.

    It really is true, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

  21. Somebody says:


    He’s a Libertarian?

    He’s taken this pledge?


  22. johnrock says:

    Yes to throw the government vote for the party NOT in power it would be considered attempting to overthrow the government.
    That might be Bush picture.



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