Oh No! Vagos!

January 12, 2009

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There is a panic on the land. Soon no man will be free.

A recent example of this panic comes from Garland, Utah, a town with 1,943 people living in 588 households in Box Elder County on Interstate 15 just north of the Great Salt Lake. A very frightened or very self-serving man named Marty Hiles was, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, “shocked ” to discover that the Vagos Motorcycle Club was trying to raise money for the Marine Corps “Toys For Tots” Christmas toy drive in Hiles’ town.

The Tribune reports that Hiles is “joking” when he calls Garland, “his personal ‘Mayberry.'” But, Hiles is serious enough about owning Garland to want to repeal the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The First Amendment

The First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Those words probably seemed self-explanatory in 1791, when the Bill of Rights was ratified and became the most basic core of what unsophisticated people still call “Americanism.”

For most of the last 218 years, “the right of the people…to assemble” has included the implicit right of every person “to associate” with anybody he wants. So, in the segregated south both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan enjoyed the right to gather together, agree and disagree, argue, organize, eat and drink and raise money to buy toys for poor kids at Christmas.

Marty Hiles version of America no longer includes that right and, not surprisingly, he has found allies in a handful of demagogic politicians and the local police.

The Gangs Of Garland

After seeing an ad for the Vagos’ fundraiser in a local newspaper and seeing flyers for the event at a restaurant and in a local park Hiles complained to the police. “Gang detectives,” according to the Tribune, cautioned Hiles that trying to get money to buy toys for needy kids at Christmas might be, “a ploy for recruiting members to participate in illegal activity.”

And, just as Hiles was shocked to see a Vagos flyer, you may also be shocked to learn that Garland, Utah, has “gang detectives.” Not a “gang detective,” singular, but “gang detectives” plural. How many toys do you think you could buy with the money that might be saved if Garland cut back to just the one gang detective?

“To me, gangs are urban terrorists. People are afraid to report or stand up to them,” Hiles told the Tribune. “We’re not trying to scare people, we’re not trying to make Garland look bad. We’re just trying to be proactive.” Or, possibly Hiles would rather become a community fear monger than put up his Christmas lights.

Gangs, Gangs Everywhere

Hiles convinced a cop named Loring Draper, who works with the Ogden Metro Gang Task Force to speak at a Garland neighborhood watch meeting. Draper told the frightened citizens of Garland that they had not yet been frightened enough.

Gang activity “is happening everywhere,” Draper told the citizens. “There is not a community that is safe from it.”

Hiles is also “spearheading a grassroots effort to toughen gang laws in Utah” and he has enlisted the aid of two frightened, or at least cynical, politicians: Garland City Council member Jonna Constock and State Representative Ronda Menlove. Menlove also lives in Garland. No, really. That is Ronda’s real name.

Who Is A Gang

Representative Menlove intends to introduce a bill that will outlaw being an associate or member of a criminal gang. You know, like the well known “Sons of Liberty” gang in 18th Century New England. Members of that criminal crew included such notorious outlaws as Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, John Adams and his cousin Samuel Adams.

Menlove’s proposed law is based on California’s Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act. That California law has been the model for numerous “anti-gang” statutes throughout the country.

And, all of these statutes have been challenged by critics like the American Civil Liberties Union. The challenges have all argued that the government should not use police power to prevent members of groups that have been portrayed to be offensive or scary from associating with one another.

But, generally throughout the second Bush Administration courts have ruled to limit the First Amendment.

For example just today, January 12, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that state’s “anti-gang” statute to be constitutional. That ruling and others have, in effect, put the burden on unpopular or demonized fraternal organizations to prove that they are not “a gang.”

The larger issue might be that the freedom to be afraid has begun to trump all other freedoms.

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12 Responses to “Oh No! Vagos!”

  1. JaneRadriges Says:

    Hi, gr8 post thanks for posting. Information is useful!

  2. KVAGoyle Says:

    Thank you for a most excellent article. I have relatives who are members, I will see one in church tomorrow and I’ll let him know about this article. There are bad apples in the barrell, no doubt, but show me ONE gathering of folks that don’t have one….and I’ll have my doubts . Keep up the honest reporting and bless the 1st Amendment!!!

  3. VAGOS SUCK Says:

    People dont be scared of them, they are a bunch of pussys…


    That was fuking deep girl friend
    Respect, Steve

  5. Grumbler Says:

    Marty Hiles: The Boy Who Cried Wolf

    There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!”

    The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

    “Don’t cry ‘wolf’, shepherd boy,” said the villagers, “when there’s no wolf!” They went grumbling back down the hill.

    Later, the boy sang out again, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!” To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

    When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, “Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there is NO wolf!”

    But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

    Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, “Wolf! Wolf!”

    But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn’t come.

    At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn’t returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

    “There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, “Wolf!” Why didn’t you come?”

    An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

    “We’ll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning,” he said, putting his arm around the youth, “Nobody believes a liar…even when he is telling the truth!”

  6. sled tramp Says:

    Ya know…with the government these days telling us we all have to GREEN….wish they’d make up their minds, I’m getting confused….

  7. Nookster Says:

    I’d call this meatheat and the the bonehead councilmen and state representative Larry, Curly and Moe but that would be a tremendous insult to the three stooges. These mutts need to keep their ignorant asses down at the Morman temple, and quit fucking with men that their wifes secretly want to fuck.

  8. Regan Says:

    Hey, you used to write great, but the last few posts have been kinda boring… I miss your tremendous writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!”To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.” by Cicero.

  9. Rebel Says:

    Dear Regan,

    You’re right. I kinda suck. Oh well.


  10. BigV Says:

    Rebel: If you click on the link on the cocksucker’s name I believe it is some damn weird spammer.

    Finished reading Working Press a second time. Going to get my mother and sister a copy each. Take care and I loved the books.

  11. Rebel Says:

    Dear Big V,

    Thank you. I appreciate it. Write me and let me know how that little legal matter worked out.


  12. observer Says:

    Speaking just for myself, this is the most meaningful site on the net. And there are some posters’ blogs that matter too, Grumbler, Squirts, (you too, Phuquehed, and your “little dent in the internet”). By comparison, all else is debris.

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