Shane and Anne Marie Duhon went again on October 8th, 2014 in front of The honorable Bill Welsh. This is more of the same that has been going on since July 8. Four months of wasted taxpayer money for 5 minutes in front of the judge.
This time the DA Jeff Smith decided he was going to change the wording in the application to revoke their deferred sentence. He added three words AND OTHER ANIMALS to the application to revoke. (This application is what the Duhons have been going back and forth to court for this is the probation violation) Because of the addition of those three words the whole thing has been started over. This visit to Judge Welshes court room was NOT for a hearing like everyone thought, planned for and expected but for a simple arraignment and reading of the charges. Basically back to square one! And in a matter of minutes the case was again continued to Nov.
Ah but this time things were a little different! The Duhon’s attorney was present and all the animal rights activists were not except for two, Caryn Hass Bearden and her middle aged daughter Candys McCulley who lives with Caryn.
Wonder if they knew that nothing was going to happen or had other things to spend their time and gas on?
The biggest point was brought up in their case, Finally. The point that really needs to be stressed. Ms. Duhon’s religion, she is Amish/Mennonite. Yes, the people that ride in buggies pulled by HORSES, live on FARMS, and RAISE ANIMALS to support themselves and their families! Their case is and has never really been about abuse or neglect of animals (there was never any abuse or neglect of animals either in the beginning or now) but about abuse of power and discrimination against someone who chooses a different lifestyle and firmly sticks to their beliefs no matter what the cost.
Anne Marie wrote me this to explain herself and her beliefs to me. She is reading Atlas Shrugged. You will notice the quotes she has used from the book are familiar as I have often used in previous posts -highlighted -I’m including what she wrote in this post as she has expressed this so well and I hope will encourage you to pick up this book and read it.
So what am I doing today? Reading still. Atlas Shrugged is a HUGE book. I ll be reading it for a while. There was an interesting passage I just read. Rearden and Dr. Ferris are talking.
Dr. Ferris says. ” We’ve waited a long time to get something on you. You honest men are such a problem and such a headache. But we knew you’d slip sooner or later-and this is just what we wanted.”
“You seem to be pleased about it.” says Rearden
Dinit I have a good reason to be?’
“But, after all, I did break one of your laws.”
Well, what do you think they’re for?’
:did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” asked Dr. Ferris. WE WANT them broken. You’d better get straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s one way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted-and you create a nation of law-breakers-and then you cash in on guilt. Now that the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game and once you understand it you will be much easier to deal with.”
This book was written in the 50’s. Was the author able to see into the future? This one passage so describes exactly what the world is today that it is scary to say the least. We, Shane and I, and the many others that we know are in the same boat as us, are prime examples of this one passage. We really didn’t do anything wrong we did no abuse to anything we all did our best within our capabilities and our beliefs to do the right thing but the world has no room any longer for doing the right thing. The basic commandment in any religion is “Do no harm” yet now it seems the basic commandment is harm anyone as long as it advances YOUR goal, your power. That is not something that I can grasp or do. Now like a child my heart cries “its not fair!” but nobody in power cares what is fair for me or my family as long as THEY advance in THEIR world. When was it ever right for a stupid law that makes animals more important than human lives? That the protection of animals lives trumps the protection of human lives and the destruction of families? No matter what the laws say that will NEVER be right morally or ethically. It is never right to harm animals but to make up harm so that one can say I am better than you and disregard the damage and destruction that statement creates to human lives on a trumped up LIE? NEVER! What level of depravity has this world sunk to to put animals above us humans? WE run the world not animals. Those that profess to care (snort) so deeply about animals only do so when it suits them. You do not see them allowing roaches to co-habitat with them or other vermin. but aren’t they too animals? Their love and concern only goes so far as to advance their cause. When there is no gain for them they drop the pose of loving animals and show their true colors of really loving only themselves.
I am so glad I chose to read this book now. If I had read it as a child I would have NEVER grasped it. NOW it means so much to me.
This describes my life: “” You, who know from your work that one bears punishment only for being wrong- what have you been willing to bear and for reason? All your life, you have heard yourself denounced, not for your faults, but for your greatest virtues. You have been hated, not for your mistakes, but for your achievements, You have been scorned for all these qualities of character which are your highest pride. You have been called selfish for the courage of acting on your own judgement and bearing sole responsibility for your independent mind….. You who’ve kept them all alive, have been called an exploiter. Have you stopped to ask them: by what right? by what code? by what standard? “”
Man oh man does that EVER fit my life. Short and sweet this evil world HATES good and seeks to destroy it by fair means or foul. I so now understand why Caryn is doing what she is doing to us. I doubt SHE really understands why but now I do. I did something she could not by my own steam and the grace of GOD. I made her look bad ,unintentionally I admit, but I did. And she could not let it stand. Not that she or anyone had that right but she THOUGHT she did by virtue of being here first.
“Do you care to purchase- at the price of your great endurance, at the price of your agony- the satisfaction of the needs of your own destroyers?”” NO! A thousand times NO! But that is EXACTLY what we are doing aren’t we. Our pain, suffering and destruction to please those that do it to us. Ah but they can only hurt us if we attach significance to their opinion. That is where they fail. We do not care about their opinion about us, I do not see that I am or was ever wrong so they can not make me feel guilty. I do not respect their judgement so it means nothing to me. An issue of guilt has to rest on my acceptance of their code of justice that pronounces me guilty. I do not accept it and never will. I feel no guilt shame, or regret. I have lost respect for them long ago so their judgement does not hurt me unless I let it. And that pisses them off beyond belief! Try as they will they will not destroy me or us. They use my own goodness and sense of right and wrong against me. Like the book says: “To count upon his virtue and use it as an instrument of torture, to practice blackmail with the victim’s generosity as sole means of extortion, to accept the gift of a man’s good will and turn it into a tool for the givers destruction….. the formula of so monstrous an evil that he was able to name it but not to believe it possible. “
THAT is what the world has become. an unbelievable evil. Total evil. That is how I so feel. How do I defend myself when I feel as though I have done no wrong? And by going along with it justifies their actions and gives them permission to ill use us as they are.
I so wonder how THAT would sit with the attorney if I broached it to him. Would he even understand? Here is what I understand to be true. On day 6 God created us humans. Where did he place us? In a garden with animals and commanded us to care for it. God made us farmers first and in the act of caring for HIS creation and using it we pay homage to HIM and His creation. Why did I do something that was wrong in the eyes of the court? I did it because I do not see it as wrong. I have no problem obeying just and fair laws. This order was both unjust and unfair. It denied me both the right and the ability to care for myself and while still free made me a prisoner of what the public and world decided to allow me to have not what I could create and do for myself. No man or court has the right to order me to chose between a mans law or order and Gods. Why it would be more wrong to make us beggars just because a man ordered it and leave us destitute than disregard a mans order to do what God made me capable of doing and profit from it. To beg just because a man says so is wrong when we are perfectly capable of caring for our own needs if we disregard that order and follow Gods rules. I was just following my orders is not a justification for becoming a taker when we all know that I am perfectly capable of supporting me and mine. Guilt is the only way that they can beat us. If I feel guilty then I do not fight because I believe I deserve the punishment. But if I do not feel guilty then I will never stop fighting and they can not beat me but I beat them. I have to stand for my standards and my beliefs or I will fall for anything. My conscience is clean. I m not guilty of any crime and nor will I let them TELL me that I am . I can face my Lord calmly knowing I have done what is right in HIS eyes and that is what matters. I have not sinned against anyone it is they who have sinned against me by attempting to forbid me to follow Gods commandments and laws.
We took the plea that we did under duress and because we had no recourse but to do so. What sane person would risk liberty and life on the mercy of those that are anxious to destroy us? WE never had a chance to defend ourselves or speak to our defense.
She is right you know.
Now for the real question is will the world ever understand this? Probably not. And in the meanwhile innocent people like the Duhons will fight for the very right to just exist and live their lives according to their beliefs without having to worry about some nameless, faceless ‘THEY’ coming in and destroying all that they have worked, sweated and labored for in the blink of an eye on the basis of a lie.
Many others will just give up and “follow the rules” because the fight is too painful and too hard. This injustice needs to be drug kicking and screaming into the light. How can it be called Justice when REAL criminals are getting away with everything including murder and the innocent are getting railroaded into prisons for not being able to pay a bill and choosing to follow a greater law, laws above mans laws, to care for and feed their families?
How can this prosecutor take it back to square one anyway?!? Wouldn’t that be double jeopardy?!? ROTFLOL!!! Oh my, let the feathers be ruffled and the fur fly!!!
To be continued in November
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