Archive for October, 2009

30
Oct
09

Problems with the Freedom Movement

1.  “No, I don’t have a better idea; I just know that yours won’t work.”

2.  “Why? Because that’s just the way we’ve always done it [and not gotten anywhere].”

3.  “The anarchists are messing everything up!”

4.  “The Reformists are messing everything up!”

5.  “I’d love to help, but my daughter has piano lessons.”

6.  “Someone [else] needs to do something!”

7.  “You ought to do it this way. I would do it, myself, but I don’t have the time.”

8.  “You didn’t score high enough on the quiz; you’re not a real Libertarian.”

9.  “We met a lot of people wanting change and more freedom, so we had a meeting to get organized and plan some events.”

“That’s great! How many people attended?”

“Two.”

10.  “Hey, I do support the group; I go to the meetings to debate and vent my frustrations. It’s the officers who should take the lead and get things moving.”

11.  “He didn’t support my earlier proposal, so I’m going to vote against his–no matter how good it really is. Maybe next time he’ll see things my way.”

12.  “I don’t really know how to do stuff like that, so I’ll just leave it to someone else.”

13.  “I shouldn’t have to put a lot of work into this; people should naturally want freedom.”

14.  “I agree with 95% of what you just said, but I can’t support you because of this one little thing…”

15.  “If we make our message more agreeable with the mainstream voters [water it down], we’ll get more members [and exactly what kind of members will you be getting?]”

16.  “I don’t like his stance on [insert pet issue, here], so I’m going to send a blind-copy email out to the whole group/mailing list blasting his position and causing more division. That way, he won’t be able to respond to all the people I send it to and they’ll only see my side of the debate, so I’ll probably get my way.”

17.  “I’ll just sit at my computer and post one alert after another. Hopefully, someone will do something.”

I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

If any of this sounds like you, YOU ARE A PROBLEM. Fix it.

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26
Oct
09

Glenn Beck on Ron Bloom

Glenn Beck keeps harping on Ron Bloom, Obama’s Manufacturing Czar, who said that the free market system is nonsense and who agreed with Mao that political power comes from the barrel of a gun. I hate to say it, but the guy is right. His perspective is probably much different than mine, concerning the reasons why he feels it’s nonsense and what he would do to change it, but he’s right.

Socialists/Communists constantly try to get (ignorant) people to believe that what we currently have in the US is a free market or Capitalist system (See Michael Moore’s new movie for proof), but it’s not true. What we have is a socialist government (the majority of the federal budget is for social programs) and Corporatism–and Corporatism is very different from Capitalism.

Government destroyed the free market with such things as the Constitution’s Interstate Commerce Clause, business licensing, permits, fines, feees, regulations, ordinances, Affirmative Action, taxation/duties, sales restrictions, product bans, etc. There hasn’t been a “free market” in the US, for a very long time.

As for political power coming from the barrel of a gun, how else is political power (law and dictatorial Executive Orders) enFORCEd? Are fancy titles, like “Senator” or “Congressman” enough? How about their wealth? Good looks? No! The power of government is backed by guns and the people who wield them!

Do I support such power and enFORCEment? Absolutely not, but the fact remains that political power (government) is always backed by firepower.

Does that make you feel uneasy? Do something to change it!

09
Oct
09

Freedom and the Constitution

I frequently hear people use “freedom” and “Constitution” in the same sentence, as if freedom is dependent upon the document. I hate to burst a few bubbles out there, but it just isn’t true.

Now, before anyone jumps to conclusions and gets their panties in a wad I want you all to take a deep breath, calm down, open your minds and try to think outside of your conditioning.

Here are a couple of things to keep in the back of your mind as you read further.

Webster’s Dictionary online says that “slavery” is “submission to a dominating influence.” It also says that definition of “free” is “not subject to the control or domination of another.”

So, to recap, if you are forced to submit to a dominating influence you are a slave.

By its very nature, government is a “dominating influence” to which you must submit or suffer loss.

Citizens are forced to get permission for everything under the Sun, including but not limited to building a house, getting married, starting a business, driving a car, selling certain types of merchandise, etc. In addition, your wealth is forcibly taken from you through taxation and fines.

“How does the Constitution fit into all this,” you ask? The Constitution is the foundation of the United States’ system of government which basically enables these types of things, either directly or indirectly.

Examples include:

“Legislative power” (control): Article 1, Section 1

“Taxes” (theft): Article 1, Sections 2, 7, 8, 9 & 10

“Regulate Commerce” (interfere in the marketplace): Article 1, Section 8

“Bankruptcy” (using government power to get out of repaying all or part of a person’s debt): Article 1, Section 8

Manipulate the value of currency: Article 1, Section 8

Hold you against your will when they determine emergency conditions exist in the country: Article 1, Section 9

Inspecting your imported or exported goods, and taxing you to fund it all: Article I, Section 10

“Executive Power” (control): Article 2, Section 1

President’s salary (funded through theft): Article 2, Section 1

Presidential Oath (he must swear to uphold this document and all of its slavery-enabling clauses!): Article 2, Section 1

President’s job to make sure all laws are “faithfully executed” (control): Article 2, Section 2

“Judicial Power” (control): Article 3, Section 1

Drag you into court and deliver punishment for crimes: Article 4, Section 2 (and some examples of “crime” around the US include walking down the street with an ice cream cone in your pocket (KY), putting a couch in your garage (FL), or conducting a puppet show from your balcony (NY).)

Guarantee a Republican form of government (promise of the manner in which they will rule you): Article 3, Section 4

Constitution will be the “supreme Law of the Land” (control): Article 6

Soldiers can be quartered in your home if “prescribed by law”: Amendment 3

Government can break in and search your belongings if it feels the need: Amendment 4

Government can kidnap you and force you to stand trial: Amendment 5

Government can take your property for a public use, if they give you what they feel is “just compensation”: Amendment 5

If government kidnaps you and forces you to stand trial, they will make every effort to give you a speedy trial and allow to bring witnesses to testify on your behalf: Amendment 6

No slavery or involuntary servitude, unless you violate one of their laws: Amendment 13

Government can deprive you of “life, liberty or property” with due process of law: Amendment 14, Section 1

“Public debt” (they spend, you pay): Amendment 14, Section 4

Stealing your money (income tax): Amendment 16

Prohibited alcoholic beverages: Amendment 18 (eventually repealed)

And let’s not forget that owning slaves was recognized and permitted under this Constitution.

As I was saying, “Freedom” and “Constitution” should never be used together, because they are incompatible–and (police) actions always speak louder than words (on paper).