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February 11, 2010

South Carolina now requires ‘subversives’ to register

Filed under: Humor,My Thoughts,News/Articles — Suramya @ 9:55 PM

I always think that politicians don’t think and most are dumb as a doorknob (Just as an FYI my mom is a politician but is an exception to the above rule ;) ). They just don’t think and make these stupid rules that are supposed to make life better or easier or something.

But once in a while they come up with rules that make so little sense that even a five year old would know better… Which makes me wonder how they survived long enough to become politicians. The latest example of their folly is a new law in South Carolina, US that requires all ’subversives’ to register with the government.

Basically the law states “Every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States, of this State or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence or other unlawful means, who resides, transacts any business or attempts to influence political action in this State, shall register with the Secretary of State on the forms and at the times prescribed by him. “.

Where “subversive organization,” means every corporation, society, association, camp, group, bund, political party, assembly, body or organization, composed of two or more persons, which directly or indirectly advocates, advises, teaches or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States, of this State or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence or other unlawful means; “ To top things off there is even a $5 filing fee for this.

When I first read about this, I thought that it was a joke or a prank. However after a little digging and reading up on it I realized that they are serious and that this is an actual law passed last year. Are the politicians/bureaucrats in SC stupid enough to actually think that any “subversive organization” is going to register with them?

I had a list of other such idiotic laws that I posted on the 1st version of suramya.com back in the early 2000’s. I removed that section when I reorganized the site but this article reminded me of that list. So I will see if I can dig up one of my backups of the site and recover the list of stupid laws that I had. Once I find them I will post them here for your amusement.

Do you know of any other silly laws like this? I wonder if I can find some Indian Laws that are similarly stupid online. (There is no way I am going to try searching for this offline)

– Suramya

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