This is a hard award to win because the competition is so ferocious, but one American politician has clinched the 2013 award early in the year.
To Deval Patrick, the idiot governor of Massachusetts who by imperial…I mean executive…decree banned ALL driving in the entire state because of a snow storm (sic) under penalty of one year in prison (sic)
The decree states that no one other than government officials and agents can travel on any road anywhere in the state until such time as his ban is lifted.
This means no one can go to work, no one can go shopping, no one can plow a driveway, no one can look in on elderly or sick friends and relatives etc.
Besides seeking psychiatric care for his epic deficit of common sense and lack of connection with reality, Patrick might peruse some basic law.
“The use of the highway for the purpose of travel and transportation is not a mere privilege, but a common fundamental right of which the public and individuals cannot rightfully be deprived.” Chicago Motor Coach v. Chicago, 169 NE 221
“The right of the citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, either by carriage or by automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit or permit at will, but a common law right which he has under the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thompson v. Smith, 154 SE 579
“The right to travel is a part of the liberty of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the Fifth Amendment.” Kent v. Dulles, 357 US 116, 125
“The right to travel is a well-established common right that does not owe its existence to the federal government. It is recognized by the courts as a natural right.” Schactman v. Dulles 96 App DC 287, 225 F2d 938, at 941
“Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” Miranda v. Arizona, 384 US 436, 491
“The claim and exercise of a constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime.” Miller v. US, 230 F 486, at 489
“There can be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of this exercise of constitutional rights.” Sherer v. Cullen, 481 F 946
– Ken McCarthy