The United States Constitution guarantees one’s Right to Travel, and illegal cancellation of one’s drivers license Violates that Right. The States’ demand for a drivers license, maintaining it’s a privilege, in no way shape nor form supersedes this Right.

In Part One of this series of articles relating to the cancellation of my drivers license five years ago, I described some of my history in my battle with the State of Georgia.

In my 500-plus articles posted, I have written many articles about the power, privilege, and onslaught of political power into the lives of law-abiding citizens of this Nation. And the manner in which those in political government gouge, harrass and infringe upon one’s individual Rights, given by a Divine Creator and guaranteed by the laws in the US Constitution. My story about the fabricated case the State of Georgia perpetrated upon me, by arbitrarily cancelling my drivers license five years ago, is a story about the awesome power position of political government in this country and the errors they made which caused me all the problems as a result.

I was fortunate to grow up with a very wise mom and a lot of innate wisdom. Among the many things she taught me was this: “Always have a list of things you won’t do,” which has been tremendously helpful throughout my life. It taught me when faced with a problem, to decide what it is I won’t do and stick with it. A drawing a line in the sand so to speak. In this connection, when I first received notice my drivers license had been cancelled, because of a mistake the state made on my birth date, and demanded I provide a birth certificate, and when I informed them I did not have one, they demanded I “create one” before they would reinstate.

The first thing I did was make a decision that under no circumstances would I go to all the trouble of creating a birth certificate to satisfy the absurd whim of the state to resolve a mistake they made. The Principle involved is my Right to travel, which the State had violated by their error, then demanding what I must do to right their wrong.

My second premise in this decision, is my underlying belief it is not my responsibility to take care of mistakes others make. Particularly those holding political jobs. Taking this stance and standing on Principle has caused untold hardships for me this past five years, because when I heard my license was cancelled I did not drive again. To do so would be taking a chance of being charged and fined or jailed or both, therefore I parked my vehicle and never drove it again.

As I explained in Part One, I moved from Atlanta shortly before the cancellation. Subsequently I became quite ill, having operations, many tests, untold number of doctors appointments, going to 20 different doctors the following two years. Faced with the difficulty of arranging transportation with someone else for all the appointments and even going to the grocery store. However, realizing when one decides to stick with a Principle, it is not an easy route to take, but that early childhood mantra of having a list of things you won’t do, was ingrained in me.

Another story relating to the hardships caused by not being able to drive, deals with the loss of my vehicle. I had an older car, a station wagon I used to drive and haul in my business, I had had six years. Every year I renewed the tag, and had sent payment to the Department of Vehicle licensing for tag renewal, when the money was returned saying the VIN number did not match the tag number. This notice on a vehicle I had renewed for six years, when suddenly it was rejected because government records did not match.

I had parked the vehicle in the back of my new residence. The car was backed into the property, and the tag had been bent under, so the decal could not be seen unless one laid down on the ground to view the expired decal. Which meant anyone had to come on to the property, go back of my house and lay down to know the tag had expired.

Because my license had been cancelled, tag payment for renewal had been returned, I had a lot to do to settle into a new place, compounded by the fact I was quite ill, and not driving the car. Dealing with a VIN number for renewal of tag was not anything of concern to me. When one day shortly after moving here, a deputy from the marshall’s office knocked on my door. I invited him in and asked him why he was here. He informed me I was in violation of the law by having a parked vehicle on the property with an expired tag. Sitting at the table with a file of paperwork, I told him my story, including the fact I had just had major surgery. He continued talking and suggested I donate the vehicle. Quite taken aback, I asked him what the consequences would be if I did not donate. He was quite prepared, and immediately handed me a paper, stating a parked car without a current tag subjected one to a considerable fine or jail or both. I replied, “I’ll think about it,” and he left.

Because of all the problems dealing with reinstatement of my drivers license, then a subsequent problem with the motor vehicle department, refusing payment for tag renewal, a deputy marshall visiting with a threat of fines or jail, compounded by my illness at the time, I simply did not have the energy to fight the intrusion, and trespass, by someone coming on to the property without my knowledge and leaning down on the ground to see the expired decal. Then threatening me with jail or a fine or both, so the next day I called a company in Forsyth County and donated the vehicle.

In my decision to donate my car, I reminded myself of how one removes alligators from the pond? Very carefully, one at a time, as the saying goes. Problems dealing with political government, and motor vehicle department, now a deputy from marshall’s office here, threatening jail or fine or both, simply overflowed my already full plate, and decided to rid myself of one of the problems by giving my vehicle away.

Having just moved to a new area, physically ill, trying to get settled in, concerns about my injured son, losing my drivers license, now a threat of jail or fine for having a car parked on private property, and a deputy sheriff visit, serving me with a paper of threats, was more than I could handle at that particular time, so I just gave the car away. Thinking the devil must be loose on a crutch, with all the adversities coming at me.

I have always been a fighter and no problem standing up for the things of Right and wrong I believe in, but at the time my circuits were overloaded and I folded temporarily under the threats.

All of this is just a sampling of the hardships stemming from the arbitrary cancellation of my drivers license. I’m a law abiding citizen, with no criminal record and no driving violations, and for the past five years been denied the Right to Travel by political government.




Email: annecleveland@bellsouth

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