Greatest Hits: The Utility of Free Speech

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The Utility of Free Speech:  While the left only allows speech that completely agrees with their own opinions, actual free speech has great value…

As we all know, freedom of speech is under attack.  Mark Lloyd proposes to replace privately owned media with a government approved and moderated PBS.  Cass Sustein and Henry Waxman have both floated the idea of regulating Internet content.  Speech codes on campus restrict the free flows of ideas on college campuses.  The ACLU threatens to sue kids that pray at graduation ceremonies.  People are threatened if they pray in public.  Conversely, the left is able to engage in whatever outrageous activity they choose, and even do what they accuse the right of doing.  The double standard is sometimes astounding.

Following Marxist concepts like “tolerant repression,” the left seeks to limit or eliminate dissent. We understand that this is part of their effort to obtain power by silencing all opposition, or making said opposition ineffective, and unable to reach the people.  Their allies in the media do not cover stories critical of the left, or distorts them into a one sided attack on the opposition.  The government ignores mass protests and accuses the protesters of “racism, terrorism,” and being paid by special interests.  What they cannot ban, or cover up, they will discredit.  They attempt to cloud genuine dissent with hate, all in order to attack the messenger, and to ignore the message.

Our Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, this is certain.  And we know that in a Constitutional Republic, free speech is vital for debate and the free flow of ideas.  Without free speech, the Republic that so many bled and died for would take a short trip into tyranny. All these are true, but I would submit that there is an additional benefit for freedom of speech.

Every nation has fringe groups; racists, religious extremists of every type, anarchists, communist revolutionaries, national socialists, and probably a huge number of others.  It is tempting to deny these people a public forum, as they are repugnant to most all Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. But there are benefits to allowing them speak and function in the open:

  1. If they are public, we know who they are.  Putting a face to the hate allows us to confront it.
  2. If they speak openly, we can know what they believe, and what they want.  Knowing this allows us all to confront them.
  3. If they operate openly, we know what they are doing.  We can keep track of them, and monitor their activities.

If we ban free speech, even the speech that we find disgusting, we lose some things:

  1. We will have no idea who the extremists are, as they won’t go away, they’ll go underground.
  2. We will have no idea what they believe or plan to do.
  3. By banning their speech, the government will prove most of their beliefs about their ideas being a threat to power.
  4. Being banned makes them more attractive to “recruits.” They will have the “truth those in power don’t want you to know.”
  5. They become dangerous and more likely to take violent action.

Freedom of speech means that you might be offended by something that is said or written.  We have to take hate for what it is, and confront it, or just let if fail under the weight of it’s own stupidity.  We have to allow all of it, or face tyranny.  No party or group should have the ability to eliminate freedom of speech, or our Republic is doomed.

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Greatest Hits: Is it Time to go Galt ? Some Simple Ways to Avoid Feeding the Beast

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Is it Time to go Galt? Some Simple Ways to Avoid Feeding the Beast-There are ways to get away from the grid, of not completely off it.  Why support the system that wants to persecute you?

Since our Republic is essentially on it’s deathbed, and Obama’s hand is poised on the plug for the final pull, many are contemplating their role in the new order.  Do we quietly  acquiesce, and accept our enslavement, or do we try to sabotage the nanny state by refusing be be sucked dry?  Well, there is a way to legally and ethically resist the beast-it’s called “going Galt.”   If you are unaware  “going Galt” is a reference to Ayn Rand’s prophetic novel, Atlas Shrugged, in which the producers in a future America tire of being vilified and robbed by a nanny state.  Their response was to drop out and refuse to produce, leading to the collapse of the corrupt system.  Reaganite Republican has a good description of what it means to “go Galt.”  

What exactly is ‘Going Galt’?

Think of it as a supply-side Cloward-Piven strategy…

starve the beast, rather than milk-it-dry:

‘Going Galt’ doesn’t simply mean getting angry. That would be “Going Postal.” It means having righteous indignation at the injustice of a political system that bails out individuals and institutions for irresponsible behavior and at the expense of those like you who prosper through hard work and personal responsibly. 

‘Going Galt’ means asking in the face of new taxes and government controls, “Why work at all?” “For whom am I working?” “Am I a slave?” 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you’re being punished not for your vices but for your virtues. 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you have a moral right to your own life, the pursuit of your own happiness, and thus to the rewards you’ve earned with your labor. 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you deserve praise and honor for your achievements rather than damnation as “exploiters.” 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you do not need to justify your life or wealth to your neighbors, “society,” or politicians, or bureaucrats. They’re yours, period! 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that the needs of others do not give them a claim to your time, effort, and achievements. 

‘Going Galt’ means shrugging off unearned guilt, refusing to support your own destroyers, refusing to give them what Ayn Rand termed “the sanction of the victim.” 

It means taking the moral high ground by explicitly rejecting as evil the premise of “self-sacrifice” that they sell to you as a virtue— in fact “self-sacrifice” is an invitation to suicide.

So, now that you know why, what about how?  Well, Reaganite Republican has some tips as to how…

1. Buy used or new via secondary markets. Use Craigslist to find new stuff at less than retail… and you pay no taxes into the system. 

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2. Contribute to the secondary market by having a yard sale, you’ve probably got tons of junk you haven’t even seen in years. 

3. Forget status symbols and keeping-up-with-the-Jones’. Maybe you can afford that nice new car, but you’ll pay A TON of taxes on it. Find a lesser vehicle that makes you happy that feeds the beast less, perhaps one bartered from within the family. 

4. Invest and hold. Avoid taxable capital gains until Jan 2017. 

5. FIX YOUR STUFF instead of replacing it. So many people look at durable possessions as disposable. Take those pants to the tailor, or better yet, get a used sewing machine and fix them yourself. Find someone with a welding machine to fix that patio chair. 

6. Maintain your possessions properly. Clean the dust out of your computer. Keep on top of the car, house, and tools.

7. Plant a garden and grow as much of your own food as possible… and don’t forget spices in your window box, fresh is best anyway.. 

8. Enjoy life more simply. Choose a day at the park over an afternoon at the movies.  Attend a church cookout instead of going to Outback.

9. Speaking of things like the movies – stop going (Ed- I did years ago). Wait for the DVD and rent it for $1 at Redbox. If there is a cheaper option to do something, take that option.

Or – here’s a radical idea – buy used books dirt cheap and READ. 

10. Set up two days a week to run errands. Run them all at once and efficiently instead of wasting money (and taxes) on fuel. If your workplace offers a work-from-home option, TAKE IT. (The ‘green’ Left will love this one, but we’re talking about opportunities to avoid paying taxes into the system, while saving yourself some coin in the process) .

11. Create gifts instead of buying them. 

12. Barter for goods and services under-the-table

13. Avoid all union shops, products, and services

14. If possible, move to a low-tax Red state

15. Lower the amount the feds withhold from your paycheck- just take the maximum allowable deductions. Yes, it may mean you have to ‘pay’ come tax time BUT if just 10% of the people who receive paychecks would do this it would put a severe crimp on the DC cash flow. Just stash the extra cash somewhere and come tax time if you need it to pay Uncle Obama well then you have it.

As you can see, it might be a sacrifice of sorts, but you won’t be feeding the government that wishes to enslave you.  Of course, the choice to “go Galt” is yours to make, but anything you can do to not feed the beast, the better.

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Is it Time to go Galt (Revisited)? Some Simple Ways to Avoid Feeding the Beast

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I original posted this about a year ago, and thought it might be worth another look. 

Since our Republic is essentially on it’s deathbed, and Obama’s hand is poised on the plug for the final pull, many are contemplating their role in the new order.  Do we quietly  acquiesce, and accept our enslavement, or do we try to sabotage the nanny state by refusing be be sucked dry?  Well, there is a way to legally and ethically resist the beast-it’s called “going Galt.”   If you are unaware  “going Galt” is a reference to Ayn Rand’s prophetic novel, Atlas Shrugged, in which the producers in a future America tire of being vilified and robbed by a nanny state.  Their response was to drop out and refuse to produce, leading to the collapse of the corrupt system.  Reaganite Republican has a good description of what it means to “go Galt.”  

What exactly is ‘Going Galt’?

Think of it as a supply-side Cloward-Piven strategy…

starve the beast, rather than milk-it-dry:

‘Going Galt’ doesn’t simply mean getting angry. That would be “Going Postal.” It means having righteous indignation at the injustice of a political system that bails out individuals and institutions for irresponsible behavior and at the expense of those like you who prosper through hard work and personal responsibly. 

‘Going Galt’ means asking in the face of new taxes and government controls, “Why work at all?” “For whom am I working?” “Am I a slave?” 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you’re being punished not for your vices but for your virtues. 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you have a moral right to your own life, the pursuit of your own happiness, and thus to the rewards you’ve earned with your labor. 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you deserve praise and honor for your achievements rather than damnation as “exploiters.” 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that you do not need to justify your life or wealth to your neighbors, “society,” or politicians, or bureaucrats. They’re yours, period! 

‘Going Galt’ means recognizing that the needs of others do not give them a claim to your time, effort, and achievements. 

‘Going Galt’ means shrugging off unearned guilt, refusing to support your own destroyers, refusing to give them what Ayn Rand termed “the sanction of the victim.” 

It means taking the moral high ground by explicitly rejecting as evil the premise of “self-sacrifice” that they sell to you as a virtue— in fact “self-sacrifice” is an invitation to suicide.

So, now that you know why, what about how?  Well, Reaganite Republican has some tips as to how…

1. Buy used or new via secondary markets. Use Craigslist to find new stuff at less than retail… and you pay no taxes into the system. 

2. Contribute to the secondary market by having a yard sale, you’ve probably got tons of junk you haven’t even seen in years. 

3. Forget status symbols and keeping-up-with-the-Jones’. Maybe you can afford that nice new car, but you’ll pay A TON of taxes on it. Find a lesser vehicle that makes you happy that feeds the beast less, perhaps one bartered from within the family. 

4. Invest and hold. Avoid taxable capital gains until Jan 2017. 

5. FIX YOUR STUFF instead of replacing it. So many people look at durable possessions as disposable. Take those pants to the tailor, or better yet, get a used sewing machine and fix them yourself. Find someone with a welding machine to fix that patio chair. 

6. Maintain your possessions properly. Clean the dust out of your computer. Keep on top of the car, house, and tools.

7. Plant a garden and grow as much of your own food as possible… and don’t forget spices in your window box, fresh is best anyway.. 

8. Enjoy life more simply. Choose a day at the park over an afternoon at the movies.  Attend a church cookout instead of going to Outback.

9. Speaking of things like the movies – stop going (Ed- I did years ago). Wait for the DVD and rent it for $1 at Redbox. If there is a cheaper option to do something, take that option.

Or – here’s a radical idea – buy used books dirt cheap and READ. 

10. Set up two days a week to run errands. Run them all at once and efficiently instead of wasting money (and taxes) on fuel. If your workplace offers a work-from-home option, TAKE IT. (The ‘green’ Left will love this one, but we’re talking about opportunities to avoid paying taxes into the system, while saving yourself some coin in the process) .

11. Create gifts instead of buying them. 

12. Barter for goods and services under-the-table

13. Avoid all union shops, products, and services

14. If possible, move to a low-tax Red state

15. Lower the amount the feds withhold from your paycheck- just take the maximum allowable deductions. Yes, it may mean you have to ‘pay’ come tax time BUT if just 10% of the people who receive paychecks would do this it would put a severe crimp on the DC cash flow. Just stash the extra cash somewhere and come tax time if you need it to pay Uncle Obama well then you have it.

As you can see, it might be a sacrifice of sorts, but you won’t be feeding the government that wishes to enslave you.  Of course, the choice to “go Galt” is yours to make, but anything you can do to not feed the beast, the better.

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“Truckers to Shut Down America” Facebook Page Shut Down

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Apparently, Facebook did not like the “Truckers to Shut Down America” page, as it no longer exists.  Freedom Outpost has more on the situation…

As reported yesterday, the Facebook page for Truckers to Shut Down America was experiencing difficulties with the Facebook powers when the admins of the page were banned for using “God Bless America.” Today, that Facebook page is gone. I reported yesterday that a website, ridefortheconsitution.org, has been established to promote this event.

Other Facebook pages have appeared such as the one for the Canadian truckers to shut down as well and/or drive to Toronto; it is still up. The Facebook page, Citizens in Support of the Washington Trucker Convoy, established on September 18, is still up and running with only 513 likes.

Dean Garrison at The DC Clothesline has also reported being unable to find the Facebook page, Truckers to Shut Down America.

So, let me see if understand this. Facebook will allow pages promoting jihad, Islamist ideas and any other foul disgusting thing you can think of but will pull pages like Truckers to Shut Down America and Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children for promoting conservative and/or Christian beliefs. That makes sense when the owners and admins of Facebook are in cahoots with government and in bed with big money men.

That’s the current state of the situation.   Mr. Conservative has even more…

Here is more information from the group’s Facebook page (the one that got pulled from the web):

My fellow patriot this effort is to support the truckers in a major shut down of America ion [sic] a 3 day strike October 11th thru 13th. Obamacare will be in effect and most people will be ready to take action. No commerce on those days stock up on items that you will need. No banking no shopping no money transactions.

It does not matter if a million or 50 roll through DC in this effort. Congress will listen to We the People. Which is remove Obama from office for crimes of treason and misdemeanors. We want Congressional hearing on Benghazi and Seal Team 6. Louis Learner [sic] put in jail. No amnesty, remove all Muslims in our government that do not uphold the Constitution. Remove Eric Holder from office for crimes against the people and the Constitution. Last but not least is Fuel prices.

Do you support these truckers?

So, it’s still on, even though Facebook allegedly dislikes “God Bless America.”

 

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New Yorkers Going Galt, Fleeing NY, Took $46,000,000,000 With Them

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The blue states continue to suffer from the plague that causes the “blueness,” namely, being run by Democrats.  The latest victim is the state of NY.  It seems that lots of New Yorkers decided to say, “nyet comerade” to the state government’s nonsense, and simply leaving. The kicker is?  They are taking all their money with them, and that’s quite a lot! Here’s a map, with all the particulars, from Tax Foundation, via Lonely Conservative…

The Blue states, those that are predominately Democrat controlled face an interesting choice; abandon the destructive high taxation and regulation that causes producers to leave, just go on as usual, while blaming the rich for all of your problems, or build a wall to keep people from leaving.

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Happy Flag Day, America!

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Here, in it’s entirety is Ronald Reagan’s June 14, 1986 weekly radio address.

My fellow Americans:

“Today we celebrate Flag Day, the birthday of our Stars and Stripes. As we think back over the history of our nation’s flag, we remember that the story of its early years was often one of hardship and trials, sometimes a fight for simple survival.

Such is the story behind our Star-Spangled Banner. It was 2 years into the War of 1812, and America seemed to be teetering on the edge of defeat. The British had already taken our Capital and burned the White House. Baltimore was the next target in a grand design to divide our forces and crush this newly independent nation of upstart colonies. All that stood between the British and Baltimore were the guns of Fort McHenry, blocking their entry into Baltimore Harbor.

The British bombardment lasted for 25 hours. Through the dark hours of the night, the rockets fired and the bombs exploded. And a young American patriot named Key, held captive aboard a British ship, watched anxiously for some proof, some sign, that liberty would prevail. You can imagine his joy when the next morning, in the dawn’s early light, he looked out and saw the banner still flying—a little tattered and torn, but still flying proudly above the ramparts. Fort McHenry and the brave men manning it had withstood the assault. Baltimore was saved. The United States, this great experiment in human freedom, as George Washington described it, would endure.

Thinking back to those times, one realizes that our democracy is so strong because it was forged in the fires of adversity. In those dark days of the war, it must have been easy to give in to despair. But our forefathers were motivated by a cause beyond themselves. From the harsh winter of Valley Forge to the blazing night above Fort McHenry, those patriot soldiers were sustained by the ideals of human freedom. Through the hardships and the setbacks, they kept their eyes on that ideal and purpose, just as through the smoke of battle they kept a lookout for the flag. For with the birth of our nation, the cause of human freedom had become forever tied to that flag and its survival.

As the American Republic grew and prospered and new stars were added to the flag, the ideal of freedom grew and prospered. From the rolling hills of Kentucky to the shores of California to the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon, our pioneers carried our flag before them, a symbol of the indomitable spirit of a free people. And let us never forget that in honoring our flag, we honor the American men and women who have courageously fought and died for it over the last 200 years, patriots who set an ideal above any consideration of self. Our flag flies free today because of their sacrifice.

And I hope you all will join Nancy and me and millions of other Americans at 7 o’clock this evening, eastern daylight time, when we pause a few minutes to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Though separated by many miles, we will be together in our thoughts. These anniversaries remind us that the great American experiment in freedom and democracy has really just begun. They remind us of the terrible hardships our forefathers willingly endured for their beliefs. And they challenge us to match that greatness of spirit in our own time, and I know we will. We are, after all, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

If we ask ourselves what has held our nation together, what has given it the strength to endure and the spirit to achieve, we find the answer in our families and those basic family values of work, hope, charity, faith, and love. So, it’s appropriate that this year Father’s Day falls on the same weekend as Flag Day, for in commemorating fatherhood, we’re also expressing a basic truth about America. What does fatherhood mean today in America? I guess the same as it always has.

Fatherhood can sometimes be walking the floor at midnight with a baby that can’t sleep. More likely, fatherhood is repairing a bicycle wheel for the umpteenth time, knowing that it won’t last the afternoon. Fatherhood is guiding a youth through the wilderness of adolescence toward adulthood. Fatherhood is holding tight when all seems to be falling apart; and it’s letting go when it is time to part. Fatherhood is long hours at the blast furnace or in the fields, behind the wheel or in front of a computer screen, working a 12-hour shift or doing a 6-month tour of duty. It’s giving one’s all, from the break of day to its end, on the job, in the house, but most of all in the heart.

Now, if you are thinking, “Look who’s talking—he’s a father himself.” Well, that’s right, but on today I think we could all remember—this weekend, at least—that every father is also a son. So, on this day for fathers, we, too, say thanks to America’s dads—for the labor and legacy of our families and our freedoms.

Until next week, thanks for listening, and God bless you.”

Ronald Reagan’s Radio Address on June 14, 1986

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Florida Sheriff Ric Bradshaw Encourages Citizens to “Inform” on Neighbors

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Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff of Palm Beach Country, Florida, has decided to channel the Soviet Union and have citizens “inform” on their neighbours who are critical of the government.  The Clash Daily has more…

A new $1 million dollar program led by Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw aimed at “violence prevention” is encouraging Floridians to report their neighbors for making hateful comments about the government, a chilling reminder of how dissent is being characterized as an extremist threat.

“Bradshaw plans to use the extra $1 million to launch “prevention intervention” units featuring specially trained deputies, mental health professionals and caseworkers. The teams will respond to citizen phone calls to a 24-hour hotline with a knock on the door and a referral to services, if needed,” reports the Palm Beach Post.

Bradshaw makes it clear that the kind of behavior which could prompt a visit from the authorities includes anti-government political statements that may be deemed a prelude to violent action.

this plays into so many liberal memes.  It hits the “anyone who dares opposes the nanny state is crazy.”  That opposition to the government is somehow a “prelude to violence,” is another.  And, informing on neighbors is a fine Soviet tradition.  Anyone who said anything outside of the party line was to be severely punished.  And while the current regime isn’t “disappearing” people, the involvement of mental health professionals may imply that patriots may be diagnosed with some made-up, non-existent diagnosis like “sluggishly progressing schizophrenia.”
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What Really Happened in Boston: Constitution Defied?

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I had a very uneasy feeling for the entire search for the second Boston Marathon bomber.  How does one shut down an entire city? Considering the Constitution, under what authority can people be ordered from their homes at gun point, and searched without a warrant?  Just a reminder, here is the Fourth Amendment…

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

How did what happen in Boston have even a whiff of compliance with our Constitution?  No warrants were obtained, no evidence was presented to justify probable cause, yet an entire city can be shut down, and searched?  Here is some video…

If they can justify doing this to search for a single bomber, what else can the say to justify it?

That should concern every single American.


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Obama Puts Agenda 21 On Steroids

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President Obama mentioned recently that he is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they should consider the impact on climate change before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways. It should have. I highly doubt he will implement his plan via a bill that congress must approve. He is much more like to do it through an executive order.

Stanley Kurtz at National Review Online tells about Obama’s next steps toward stacking you and packing you in high density urban centers (Agenda 21).

Last Friday’s headlines focused on President Obama’s address at Argonne National Laboratory, where he proposed to spend $2 billion on an energy-security trust fund for renewable fuel research. Obama boldly pledged “to shift our cars entirely . . . off oil.”

…on the day of Obama’s Argonne speech, the Department of Energy released a series of coordinated reportscalled “Transportation Energy Futures” (developed in cooperation with Argonne). This DOE project explores a variety of strategies designed to curb America’s greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 percent by about 2050.

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t hear about these DOE reports. I guess the MSM didn’t think they were very important. So, what is the DOE up to? Kurtz explains:

Arguably the most controversial of those reports covers the “effects of the built environment on transportation.” To put it plainly, the “built environment” report lays out strategies the federal government can use to force development away from suburbs and into cities, supposedly for the sake of reducing carbon dioxide emissions given off by all those suburban commuters. The Obama administration wants to force so-called smart growth policies on the country: get out of your car, stay out of the suburbs, move into small, tightly-packed urban apartment complexes, and walk or take public transportation instead of driving. (Bold added)

You can see what is coming, can’t you? The only projects that will get approval will be those in the cities. A developer wants to build a new subdivision in a suburb will find the permits denied or delayed indefinitely while the impact on climate change is reviewed and reviewed again. Need to add roads or schools to a suburb? Sorry! It would produce too much green house gases. The idea will be to make too expensive to live in the suburbs.

And, of course, there are all those federal grants that local politicians can’t turn down.

Kurtz has some thoughts on how to fight back:

How can these changes be fought? Publicity helps. Controversial policies like “smart growth” often operate under the public’s radar. Obama wants the energy debate to focus on benign-sounding research plans, while his administration’s interest in placing the massive power of federal funding behind urban densification strategies goes unnoticed.

The other way to block Obama’s plans is to have Congress cut funding for the Sustainable Communities Initiative. In particular, future funding for the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program ought to be eliminated. Although the cost of these planning grants is small, their potential impact is large, especially if the administration follows through with the built environment report’s option of conditioning a wide range of federal aid on local adherence to so-called smart-growth planning. (I described these troubling “sustainability” grants in “Obama’s Plan for Ohio.”)

Yours truly is not very optimistic that the House Republicans will use their power over the purse. All indications are that once again there will be no budget passed on the 27th of this month. That means there will be another Continuing Resolution passed to fund the government through September. The House Republicans could include no funding for “climate change reviews”. They could eliminate funds for those pesky government grants. They could cut funding for the DOE programs. And, of course, the Democrats could say no and shut down the government and blame it on the Republicans, in which case, the Republicans will fold in a heart beat.

So, the ultimate in central planning, Agenda 21, marches on.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch
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Are “Supercapacitor” Batteries Coming Our Way? And Why the Left Will be Sad

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Imagine a cell phone that will charge in minutes, or even seconds?  What if an electric car will charge in a fraction of the current time?  A Supercapacitor Battery would be a game changer!  Andrew Riley at All American Blogger posted the following video.

OK, here’s my thinking. If this type of battery could be massed produced, electric cars could be a real alternative. Off the grid solar and wind, with these supercapcitors storing the juice, would be a more attractive option. People could be energy independent. The global warming alarmists (at least on the basis of their own rhetoric) could be largely silenced. BUT…That’s not the point of the environmental movement at all. And, energy independence does not allow the state much control over the populace. The point of the environmental movement is control of the means of production, and therefore, every human being on earth-from cradle to grave. This development sabotages all of this. So, I wonder if we’ll ever hear about it again, or will the genius of the market win the day?

I personally see the introduction of a cheap supercapacitor batter as a day of mourning for the environmentalists, as well as the left as a whole. It simply represents too great a loss of potential political and personal power.

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Restoring Liberty Should be Our Number One Priority

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During the recent election most people listed the economy as their number one concern and that it should be a top priority for the next administration.  The reason people prioritize the economy as their main concern is because they can feel it.  Like the nauseating smell of cigarettes smoke, people feel the negative effects of a faltering economy.   It has an immediate and direct impact on their lives and impedes their ability to pursue happiness because there is little to no opportunity.  So it’s a natural thing for people to desire stronger economic conditions because it creates an opportunity rich environment. It establishes a basis for financial and economic security.  And it enhances and improves the individual condition.  If only people would connect the dots and realize that liberty is the foundation that economic freedom is built on.

The problem is most people do not understand the relationship between liberty and economic freedom.  This is why we tend to ask all the wrong questions to our candidates when they’re running for office.  The first thing we want to know is what they’re going to do to create jobs and boost the economy.  This is the wrong question.  We should be asking what they will do to restore liberty.  The truth is unless the candidates we support take steps to strip away the regulations that have restricted the liberties of the individual and small businesses we will not see the robust recovery we so desire.  Liberty is the foundation that creates economic freedom leading to job growth and prosperity.  So restoring liberty should be our number one priority.  But again for some strange reason people can’t wrap their brains around this relatively simple concept.   Perhaps the reason is because many view the two as separate issues; but they are not.  Using mathematical terms economic freedom and liberty are directly proportional.

As our economic freedom increases, so do our liberties.  As economic freedom decreases our liberties decrease.  It’s that simple.  Still so many look towards an all-powerful government to solve their problems.  They look for candidates who make empty promises about creating jobs yet in end will do nothing to restore liberties because they’re in the pocket of some special interest group that helped write the liberty stealing regulations to put their competitor out of business.  North Dakota is not experiencing an economic boom because of the discovery of oil in the Bakken Oil Fields.  North Dakota is experiencing its economic boom because of less regulation.  Fewer regulations mean more liberties and more liberties leads to economic freedom and prosperity.  This is the secret behind North Dakota’s success and why they have set up safe guards to thwart any attempt by the federal government to regulate oil operations on private property.  Once again there is no secret formula or hidden code to create the conditions that will lead to economic prosperity.  It all has to with restoring liberty.  And before this happens on a national level, it must first occur on the state level.

This in my opinion is where we must focus our efforts the next few election cycles.  There is no political solution for our economic woes that will come out of Washington.  The solutions to our problems are closer to home in local politics.  Once we turn it around at the state level, the national will follow.  The reason I say this is because all of those who represent us on the national level are grown at the state level.  Start electing local candidates who promote the restoration of liberty as their number one priority and everything will change.  The constitution will become the law of the land again.  States will begin to push back against their federal masters and federalism will be restored.  Economic prosperity will return.  And America will once again become a beacon to the world.

LIBERTY forever, freedom for all.

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Being American and Being Obama

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Obama AmericanismAs we approach the election, Americans are faced with a choice more fundamental than in past elections.  The choice this year is not just about policy.  The choice this year is about who will embrace America in order to save America.

After watching the new movie by Dinesh D’Souza: 2016 Obama’s America, I came to the conclusion that Barack Obama is missing certain qualities critical to the job.

I concluded that Barack Obama is not American.

Here’s what I mean…

I couldn’t help but compare my version of being an American with what I now consider to be Obama’s.

As I write this, my big brown hound dog is asleep at my feet. My expectant wife is laying on the couch studying a list of baby names. My mind turned to this blog after I finished an important proposal for a prospective client. I just finished my work day, and it’s 11:00 at night.

Running a small business is hard.

And through the course of my life beginning long before this night, I have had 40 years of being American.

Quintessentially American, like the vast majority of others in this country – natural born and immigrant alike. Heck, I’m only a generation away from being an immigrant myself.

My earliest memories, I suppose, are from when I was about 3. I remember my Mom wrapping Christmas presents on the living room floor. I remember getting a pair of six shooters and a Lone Ranger doll with a plastic Silver that year. I think I also got the matching Tonto doll and his trusted Paint horse, Scout.

“Hau.”

I remember being about five or six years old, when a favorite pastime was sliding down the slope of my front lawn with Danny, the kid who lived across the street. During that same time period I remember riding a large spring-loaded horse, while my Grampa played the William Tell Overture on an old record player.

This was about the time of our bicentennial. I remember a flag with a “76” on it. I also remember telling my little friends Danny and Kristen, “My parents are voting for Ford,” though I didn’t really know what that meant.

I remember the older, high school boys knocking on the back door to our house to ask Mom if they could play football in our backyard – she always said yes.

We moved and lived in a neighborhood with lots of kids. My Dad – now “Papou” – still lives in that house. Growing up, life was one day after another of kickball in the cal-du-sac, building tree forts in the woods with Billy, Jean-Luc, Pat, Brian, the “other” Billy, and riding our BMX bikes.

We spent endless days down at the creek catching frogs and crayfish and building dams. Other days were spent fishing at Fox Lake (we snuck on to the private land).

One day when I was about 11, my buddy brought over a hack saw, and we cut the lock on my dad’s foot locker from when he was in the Army some 30 years prior. We got hold of his fatigues and belts and played war in the woods for the next two weeks.

In sixth grade I remember having a “boy-girl” party. Looking back it was so funny. We played spin-the-bottle. I think we wore out the record player with songs from Chicago, John Cougar and Michael Jackson.

Summers were spent at the pool, on the swim team. I remember standing there in my suit, hand over my heart, as the National Anthem played over a crackly PA system. To this day, I can’t listen to the Anthem without getting choked up. My Mom told me, “Always win with grace and lose with grace,” and made sure I always shook the hand of the kid in the lane next to me, win or lose.

Thanksgiving was usually spent at my Uncle’s house, just across the street from Valley Forge, PA. After watching Aunt Peggy and Aunt Rene cook all morning, the kids got the small table. We all held hands, while one of the grown-ups said grace. At the time it seemed like a pain.

After dinner, we walked the fields of Valley Forge.

And so it was… throughout my childhood, I learned about my family:

– How my Papou – a greek immigrant – parlayed a job in a local store into owning that store.

– About how my uncles fought the Nazi’s in Europe and the Japanese in the Pacific.

– My Dad telling me about how his mother – my Nana – would from time to time feed dinner to out-of-work men (he called them “hobos”). They ate their plate of food on the back stoop.

– One uncle built a company that eventually turned him into a millionaire.

– How my Mom lived in a “3 room bungalow” with her 5 brothers and sisters when she was a kid.

My American heritage goes on and on…

Off-Summer season was school, fitting in, getting in some trouble here and there and playing outside. I remember how big a deal it was to get a “Members Only” jacket and two years later, getting a “Levi’s Jean Jacket.”

My Mom taught me how to drive. At 13 years old she let me drive the old Lincoln – a 1966 baby blue Continental – to the other end of the neighborhood. My first car ended up being Mom’s worn out 1979 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon, complete with woody sides.

High School was fun. Maybe too much fun. I did a one year stint at Bishop O’Connell High in order to get my grades up, so that I could get into college. My Mom and Dad always supported me, no matter what I got into. I knew when I screwed up, but I also had unconditional love, and I knew that too.

I’ve got a shoebox in my closet full of the many letters Mom wrote me during college. I wish I knew then what I know now about what a parent really thinks and feels.

Sales jobs took me through my first few years out of college. I was in the Internet business and life was good. In 2000-2001 I got laid off 3 times. I kept right on going. In 2009 I got laid off again.

That was the last time I will ever get laid off.

After losing my job that July day in 2009, I went for a jog. Lumbering down the Washington & Old Dominion trail in Vienna, VA, I made up my mind: I was starting my own business.

And I did just that.

The last three years have been TOUGH. With a new wife and two babies at home, launching a business from scratch was a risky decision.

But it is part of my DNA.

Figuring out what products to sell, how to sell them, writing my own contracts, finding outsource providers, servicing clients, getting paid…

Every month, bills come due and I MUST produce.

This year, I grouped up with another company and pooled our resources to form a larger company. We’re still small and there are only 3 partners, but we’re doing it.

We’re really doing it. We’re growing.

We talk a lot about how to hire another sales person, an account manager, how to handle the new customers, how to scale, how we’re going to get paid more, how we can all become hugely successful and do it with the least risk. For three years, I have been working more hours and for much less than I could earn in the corporate world.

My partner has taken a line of credit that he personally collateralized to help manage the company cash flow.

All this to say, this is an American life.

I was not handed anything per se. My Mom was always there for my three sisters and me. My Dad worked tirelessly to provide for us. They taught us to work, to strive for achievement, to be good people, how to love one another. They taught us the power of self-reliance and the power of family.

Now each of us is teaching our children the same lessons.

We are Americans.

This all flashes through my mind in a patriotic blur. Then I consider the life experiences of Barack Obama and what his American experience was and is, and what his parents taught him.

Obama grew up with a communist mother and experienced childhood in Indonesia. He was always surrounded by communists, marxists and radicals as his mentors, teachers and role models, all at the bidding of his Mother. And of course the unseen force of his revolutionary father guiding his ideals and principles, which were all the exact opposite of the ideals and principles I was brought up with.

The documentary 2016 crystallized what it really means to be American, at least as it relates to considering our current President.

Being American cannot be described in a sentence about the Constitution or the founding fathers, or even about liberty. Being American is a collection of life experiences that are unique. Experiences that are only possible when the government exists solely to protect the freedoms granted to us by God.

This is what makes us exceptional.

Beyond the $1.5 trillion in deficits, beyond the $16 trillion debt, beyond the regulatory over-reach, beyond the 8.3% unemployment, beyond the $3.80 gas…

Beyond all of those failures, I am against Barack Obama because, regardless of his citizenship, I don’t consider him to be American in a certain sense. I don’t believe he has the life experiences and consequently the ideals and philosophies that make one distinctly American.

My opinion is that Obama’s life experiences are not just foreign to the American ideal, but are anathema to the ideal.

Think about your childhood. If you are a new immigrant, think about the reason you came to America. Think about why your parents or grandparents came to America. Think about your experiences growing up. Were you the protege of a communist radical? Did your parents obsess about colonialism and how America was robbing the rest of the world?

Is that what you learned as a child?

So as I sit here and look down at my big dumb dog and while I quietly admire my wife, I realize that my collection of life experiences, thoughts and ideas are what make me American. The freedom I have to conceive, develop and build my business makes me American.

And I realize that my collection of experiences is similar to most Americans.

Whether you grew up on a city block in Brooklyn, NY, or a small town in the midwest, or the suburbs of Washington DC, these experiences are similar. They are what bind us. They are also impossible to have without our brand of freedom.

Then I think about Barack Obama…

And I realize he does not share these experiences.

More than that, these experiences are unseemly to Obama. Because to Obama, all that I have, I have because my family stole it from some poorer family. And as Americans, we have these experiences only at the expense of others across the globe.

Not only does Barack Obama not share my American experience, but he holds it in disdain.

Forget about “being” American. Obama doesn’t know what it means to be American.

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Paul Ryan References John Locke: Liberals Reportedly Suffer Siezures

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OK, the last part is hyperbole… probably.  In reality, Paul Ryan referenced natural rights in his recent speech.  And the crowd went wild! The Blaze has the video…

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/our-rights-come-from-nature-and-god-not-government-paul-ryan-channels-philosopher-john-locke-in-announcement-speech/#ooid=IwNWFtNToo1uTzEedqSoHCJTvbZCoSzn

They really have to get after this guy, or too many people will be getting that whole “freedom” idea. That, my friends, would be far too radical for this day and age.

NOTE:  I had to leave a link for the actual video, as it simply refused to embed.

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Chick-Fil-A Roundup: Success!

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It would seem that the efforts to punish Chick-Fil-A for their CEO’s religious beliefs has backfired in a big way.  Here is a collection of stories to show what happened during Chick-Fil-A  Appreciation Day…

The Lonely Conservative has pictures and videos…

This is what the line outside a Chicago area Chick-fil-A looked like, via WLSAM (h/t Ellie):

 

American Power has some pics and links…

Sooper Mexican  also has pics…

 Twitchy also has a ton of pics and tweets, so check them out.

Unfortunately, there just so happened to be a bomb threat at one Chick-Fil-A.  Stacey McCain has the details…

Maybe somebody just hates chicken sandwiches:

Police and fire crews closed down the Chick-fil-A on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg for nearly three hours following a bomb threat that was called in just before 1 p.m. today.
The caller mentioned that a “device” had been placed within the restaurant. The building was evacuated, but was deemed safe at about 3:45 p.m. after no bomb or any other type of device was discovered.
Martinsburg City Police and the Martinsburg Fire Department personnel investigated the scene, along with Berkeley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster. A National Park Ranger with a canine unit arrived at the scene at approximately 2:45 p.m. to assist, and a second from the West Virginia State Police arrived later as well.

Let me ask you: Of all the Chick-fil-A’s in America to be targeted with a bomb threat, why this one? Is Berkeley County, W.Va., the kind of place where you would expect such a thing?

In all, it seems that the day to support Christians and free speech worked out very well.  In fact, the chain set an all time sales record!

In my opinion, this shows that Americans don’t respond well to thug tactics, and will back that up with some action.  However, the lefty goons that want to shut Chick-Fil-A down don’t care what we think.  To them, only their opinion matters.

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Sweating Your Fair Share

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The guilt-tripping airheads who write for the New York Times ask:

Is it a good goal for everyone in the world to have access to air-conditioning — like clean water or the Internet? Or is it an unsustainable luxury, which air-conditioned societies should be giving up or rationing?

 The only thing unsustainable in modern times is the insufferable arrogance of the Left, whose card-carrying members actually believe they should set ‘goals’ for everyone on the planet.  Internet access for humankind?  Universal air-conditioning?  This is the kind of ‘chicken-in-every-pot’ blather which bombastic stump speakers employed to try and bamboozle back-country rubes a hundred years ago. But it’s the progressive way — invent an injustice, then offer a solution which only government can implement.  It’s also a non-refundable ticket to totalitarianism, but that’s never bothered any Leftist worth his fair-minded salt.

Altruism did not invent the  air conditioner — nor the automobile, airplane, personal computer, or any of our other modern conveniences. These things were invented by free men, manufactured for profit by businessmen and their investors, and offered finally for sale in the marketplace where they were obtained by others using the income they’d earned from the sale of their labor or the return on their own investments. That’s the system under which we Americans live and under which most of us thrive, at least we did up until the advent of Obama. The system is called capitalism, and not a one of the world’s sweltering poor is entitled to its bounty merely because they happen to inhabit the same planet as its practitioners. But the socialist would always have you believe that one plus one equals three. Access to clean water is morally equivalent to surfing the Web or air-conditioning a Third World hovel. The socialist insists that wealth be redistributed and everyone receive his share, earned or not, until all humans are equally happy, or, as the case may be, equally miserable. All right then. The sweaty souls of the world are waiting. I suggest that the good people at the Times begin by giving away their own air conditioners this July.  After all, it’s only fair.

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Michael Bloomberg and the New York Nutrition Nazis

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“…first they came for our sodas…”

You didn’t have to be a Nostradamus to predict this.  Once New York City’s nutrition Nazis had assured themselves that no pitchfork wielding mob of angry, soda slurping malcontents was likely to materialize before City Hall demanding the sugar-free head of Chancellor Bloomberg for proposing the mandatory downsizing of their beverages, it was time to declare open season on the compulsive poppers of popcorn and the depraved drinkers of milk. After all, we’re talking National Security here. Michelle Obama said so.

Health Panel Talks About Wider Food Ban

The New York City Board of Health showed support for limiting sizes of sugary drinks at a Tuesday meeting in Queens. They agreed to start the process to formalize the large-drink ban by agreeing to start a six-week public comment period.

At the meeting, some of the members of board said they should be considering other limits on high-calorie foods.

One member, Bruce Vladeck, thinks limiting the sizes for movie theater popcorn should be considered…

Another board member thinks milk drinks should fall under the size limits.

“There are certainly milkshakes and milk-coffee beverages that have monstrous amounts of calories,” said board member Dr. Joel Forman.

New York City voters oppose 51 – 46 percent Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the sale of over-sized sugary soft drinks, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Where does it all end? When it comes to busybodies and bureaucrats, the answer is NEVER — at least not this side of the grave.  That’s why nobody likes nosy neighbors, and why the Founding Fathers  limited the meddling powers of government.  But no set of brakes will do you any good if you don’t stomp on ’em when you need to. And sometimes you just need to get a new car.

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While we were distracted did we lose free speech? (H.R. 347)

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While we were being distracted by the Sandra Fluke-Rush Limbaugh debacle last week somehow we lost some more of our liberties; liberties that are protected by OUR constitution. This time the target is free speech. Yes you heard right we may have lost our ability to express ourselves through the act of protesting the government and it sneaked in right under our radar.  Yesterday morning while I was getting ready for work I caught Judge Napolitano on Fox and Friends talking about how last week President Obama had signed into law H.R. 347. Below is the Fox and Friends clip of this interview.

How I missed this, I don’t know.  What I do know is that since the turn of the year our President has violated the constitution three times.  First back in January when he bypassed congress and made four appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board while congress was still in proforma session. We did not hear a peep from the left and those illegal appointments still stand.  The second violation came when he signed into law the NDAA which has a provision in it that authorizes the government to detain American citizens indefinitely if suspected of ties to terrorist organizations.  And now we have H.R. 347 the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act.  Below is the congressional summary of the law.

2/6/2012–Passed Senate amended. (This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on November 17, 2011. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 – Amends the federal criminal code to revise the prohibition against entering restricted federal buildings or grounds to impose criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly enters any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Defines “restricted buildings or grounds” as a posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of: (1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds, (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance.

I’m not a fan of the progressive group called The Young Turks; however in the below video they even seem a bit concerned that an environment has been created to limit free speech. Just skip the ad.

This is not good folks and what’s worse yet is 224 House Republicans supported this unconstitutional act.Michele Bachmann who claims to be a staunch supporter of the constitution voted yes along with Allen West.  I’m sure their intentions were to diminish the ability of the disorderly and loud OWS protestors to disrupt the workings of government; however this is a net that has the power to snare all types of potential protests to include the orderly and patriotic tea party protests. Folks this is wrong on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin.  And my guess is our elected representatives know in their hearts this is wrong.  This is why they quietly passed this terrible bill.  You can see how your representative voted here>>

Three times since the turn of the year our constitution has clearly been violated and there has been zero consequences for these actions. I wrote my elected representative (Rick Berg) when the President made his proforma appointments and all I got was lip service.  This is the same guy who wants me to vote for him as a candidate for the Senate.  Why should I?  He also supported H.R. 347 and voted yes.  This tells me I have an elected representative who really doesn’t care about or takes the constitution very seriously.  The only time we get overwhelming bi-partisan support on bills these days is when they somehow curb our liberties.  Funny how that works.  Based on my readings about the type of men the founders were, I believe I know what they would do about these bills and acts.  First off, bills like the NDAA and H.R. 347 would never had made it through the Senate or House. Red flags would have went up all over the place and these bills would have been easily defeated.  So what does this tell about the men and women who represent us.  It tells me just how much they’re missing the mark in regards to our founding fathers.  They’re 180 degrees out.  Secondly our founders would have immediately began impeachment proceedings against any President for signing these bills into law.  The President is required to act in a manner that does not violate the law of the land and in these instances he has failed.

How many more liberties do we need to lose before we finally wake up and realize that the men and women who are supposed to serve us believe they are our masters with a blank check to do whatever they want?  How much longer are we going to stand by and watch our constitution shredded with each bill/act signed into law.  How much more can America take before we lose her?  I say again how much more…

You can read more about this topic at Bunkerville.

Liberty forever, freedom for all.

Original Post:  The Sentry Journal

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Are we Capable of Self-governance Anymore?

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Thomas Jefferson once said, “Man is capable of living in society, governing itself by laws self-imposed, and securing to its members the enjoyment of life, liberty, property, and peace.”

Lately I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking on the topic of self-governance and I’m beginning to wonder if we’re capable of self-governance anymore. It you ask the five different people what self-governance means to them you will get five different answers.  The most common answer I hear is that self-governance means the people set up our own form of government to be governed by.  This response is not only incomplete but totally misses the mark.  Self-governance is much more than setting up a form of government and a system of laws to govern us; it’s about the inalienable rights we’re all born with and understanding that each of us is sovereign with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Governments, if deemed necessary are instituted to secure the blessings of these rights.  Have we forgotten this basic truth about the nature of self-governance and the role government plays in our lives?  By what I’m seeing these days the answer is yes.

Somewhere along the way in this great experiment we call America many of our citizens have become apathetic about liberty and self-governance.  They’re ok with the government whether on the state or federal level telling them what they can eat, what permits they need to set up a lemon-aide stand, what they can build on their own property, how much electricity they should be using, where they can hunt and fish, what kind of car they should buy and so on.  Government is the first entity they look to for solutions when a natural disaster occurs or when we experience a major economic downturn.  They look for the FEMA trailers or economic safeguards to give them peace of mind.  In fact people appear to be perfectly ok with having their lives completely regulated.  It absolves them from taking any personal responsibility for their actions and codifies everything they do in a nice of little rule book. It gives them a sense of security in an ever changing environment.

The problem is our lives have become so regulated and so managed by governments on the state and federal level our choices are now becoming limited as more and more regulations are imposed on us by politicians who feel it’s their duty to make life safer for all us. They believe they have some sort misguided responsibility to watch over us like children because we cannot be trusted to make to right choices or the choices they want us to make.  Let’s face it we are no longer practicing self-governance under these rules of engagement.  We’re living under what Mark Levin calls a “soft tyranny.” This is not the kind of self-governance our Founders were speaking of in their writings.

The Founders were greatly influenced by number of writings by noted philosophers of the period. They held in high regard British philosopher John Locke.  Locke was a staunch proponent of the concept of Natural Law and Natural Rights.  He believed that we are all the property of God and as such each of us is born with natural rights that are granted by God.  They included the rights of life, liberty, health and property. They are rights that we have in our natural state before any type of government is instituted.  All people from all walks of life share in these rights equally. Locke also believed that the individual was sovereign and was capable of self-governing their actions because people were generally good to each other in their natural state.  The only purpose for creating governmental institutions was to ensure these rights were secured for all people and individual sovereignty was not infringed upon.  Any government encroachment on these rights or individual sovereignty was viewed as an unacceptable condition and could not be tolerated.  This was one of the main reasons behind the constitution.  In fact Patrick Henry stated it best when he said “The Constitutionis not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”

How is it that this basic truth about self-governance is as foreign to the average citizen as calculus is to me? It doesn’t take a PhD in American History to find this information.  It is readily available to all on the internet.   I believe it’s because many people have become apathetic about both liberty and self-governance and would rather surrender their liberties to the government for the sake of some type of security.  It’s easier this way.  The life of a slave requires very little thinking.  You do as you are told and hope by the end of the day there’s enough left over to pay the bills and put food on the table.  This is rapidly becoming the American reality for many people; depending on the scraps the government throws our way.  How sad is that?

My fear is the more people become dependent on the government the less desire they will have to break free from this self-imposed slavery.  The government will continue to regulate every aspect of our lives and we will forget how to govern ourselves.  This is the end goal of the progressive left.  Create a class of non-thinking citizens who are dependent on the government for their basic needs.  It allows the government to grant and take away rights as they see fit and it destroys the sovereign individual.  This is the vision the progressive left has for America and each of us.  Until we get back to the basics and understand our rights are inalienable and nonnegotiable we will continue to march down the path towards tyranny.  And for me this is completely unacceptable.

We need to wake up and reestablish the constitution as the law of the land and restrain government as it once was in the past.  If we fail our children will be slaves of the state and will never taste the sweetness of liberty.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

Original Post: The Sentry Journal

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