Thank you, Mr. Bin Laden. That will be $5.

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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7 Responses

  1. katitude says:

    what an oxymoron, a registered subversive.

  2. Dean says:

    Seems I remember someone ( CA or maybe even fed govt) has a law on books for drugs – have to buy a tax stamp or something. One of those things of legislators passing laws to look busy that years later look asinine.

    http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/south-carolina

  3. Chilly says:

    Iowa has a tax stamp law. It makes for easy conviction. If you’re caught with illegal drugs you are immediately guilty of not having a drug tax stamp.

    Do you have to be a South Carolina citizen to register? Or can any band of looneys wander in on a random Friday in March and register?

  4. The Wife says:

    I’m with Kat – if you are a subversive, do you classify yourself as such and think the law applies to you? Or do you just see yourself as “Joe with an opinion and an agenda.” And if you are a subversive, aren’t you, by definition, being secretive, and not really prone to make your intentions known? Particularly to the government you might be working against?

    And $5? Who thought that would be a sufficient revenue generator, yet not so much as to encourage non-compliance?

    I bet they had some kind of study commissioned.

  5. Alsatia says:

    “I have no way of knowing whether this law was passed to battle Communism or Al-Qaeda.”

    Just checked the SC Code of Law & this particular law appears to have been enacted in 1951 and has not been updated since 1962. (Only the print version includes the history of each part of the Code, unfortunately. Not sure if this is true of every state, but it’s why we keep subscribing to the print copy here at the public library where I work.)

    It looks like the law does indeed date from the era of similar Federal legislation aimed at hunting down Communists. It’s just one of those laws that, since no one enforces it, the Legislature can’t be bothered to take it off the books. There is a limit to stupidity, even here in SC!!

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