Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 Census: General Civil Disobedience

The US Constitution allows the Federal Government to count the citizens of the nation once every ten years... allowing, specifically "The Enumeration" in order to properly determine the balance of representation in the House of Reps. Each decade since 1790, the United States has asked for an increasingly larger amount of information. Genealogical research done by me has found that during the 19th century and early 20th century, the census asked questions of race, occupation, and income, and worth.

In the 2010 census, the federal government plans to collect :

1. Mortgage information
2. Phone information
3. Hispanic Heritage (an entirely separate question from race, but WHAT KIND OF LATINO ARE YOU!)
4. Racial information
5. Specific address including GPS Coordinates of YOUR FRONT DOOR

If you do not comply with any portion of the form, you will be fined $100.

In the early census records I have, the information was limited to members of the family, age, sex, if you were black or white, parent's place of birth, your place of birth, and the county in which you lived. This information, especially the race, helped track families as they migrated across the territories and has been most helpful in my genealogical searches...

However, I find it hard to believe that the US government needs to GPS my front door, needs specific racial information based on categories defined by (???), and mortgage information about my home! I plan on taking part in the census, but I WILL omit certain information and refuse any fine for doing so. As well, any census taker who approaches my front door without a warrant to collect GPS coordinate data will be placed under a citizens arrest by me for trespassing.

I recommend similar general disobedience in the face of this unconstitutional seizure of "other" data besides the afforded Enumeration... any additional information you provide is your express WAIVING OF YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

For your entertainment, see the following videos...


  1. Number of people in my home? Okay, fine; a legitimate question. Ages? Probably not; they already have all the birth records on file. Let them go data-mining in their existing records.

    Income? It's none of their business ... and so on. This is going to be a very interesting year, indeed.

  2. I'm not saying that I'll lie... I'm not saying that at all. Corrupting official US Government data would be wrong.

  3. I'm not looking forward to dealing with this.

  4. Does it make no difference or are you more comfortable or less comfortable giving information to the government with Obama in office?

  5. GP - It makes no difference for me, really. Bush was just as bad as Obama, simply with a slight "SoCon" streak... Other than that there seems to be this massive authoritarian federal government existing without constraint from the Constitution. Obama just happens to be the captain of the sinking ship right now.

  6. This is an issue of conscience for those of us who do not think of others or ourselves in such non-scientific and morally repugnant terms, but want to comply with the law and see the sense of conducting an “actual enumeration” for reasons of fairness in representation. Last census I entered “Polyglot (including Latin) caucasoid of African descent” but this time I'm going with "American", which may at least provide a good point of departure for healthy discussion if anyone comes knocking.

  7. In 2000, I got away with not returning the census at all. They made their several follow up phone calls and visits, and then quit bugging me after awhile. They never assessed a fine, and my understanding is they rarely do.

    Not sure what I'm going to do this year, but if I so return the census, I will only give them the constitutionally required information.