Posts Tagged ‘rules

03
Jul
09

Celebrate Your So-Called Independence

This July 4th, “Independence Day,” celebrate your freedom and independence!

When you wake, make sure the property tax (annual lease payment to government) on your home has been paid, so you can continue to live in it and claim it.

When you call your friends and neighbors, to tell them about your BBQ cookout, be happy about the government taxing you and jacking up your phone bill in order to provide phone service to those who won’t get out and work to get it (Universal Service fee).

Also, be glad that government has banned certain foods – foods that you used to enjoy – that are considered to be “unhealthy.”

Make sure you get the required permit (government permission and a pay-off) to hold a large gathering at your home or place of business.

If friends fly in from out of town for your party, don’t get angry if some of them are delayed or detained, due to Homeland Security. After all, it’s for your safety – and you wouldn’t want them to get lax and make a mistake that would allow some terrorist to come in and blow everyone up, right?

Be sure the property tax on your car(s) has been paid (see above), so you can get a driver’s license (more permission and pay-offs), tags and vehicle registration (ditto) and drive to the store to get supplies – and remember that the price you paid for that car would have been about half, without all the embedded and hidden taxes on nearly every stage of an automobile’s production.

As you get into your car, be sure you have filled out all the required paperwork and received government’s permission to own and carry your gun – even though government’s own official, founding documents say that government shall not infringe on the keeping and bearing of arms.

While at the store, note the sale tax that has been applied to your final bill, because government feels it should get a cut of nearly every monetary transaction you make.

When you drive your car to the fireworks stand – if fireworks are even permitted in your area – be sure to follow all of the driving rules and regulations, including limits on how fast you may travel, and be sure to stop firing off the fireworks you are allowed to purchase (some rockets and firecrackers are outlawed, in some places) at a certain time or risk a fine or imprisonment (kidnapping).

If you still have a job and can actually afford to buy fireworks, be thankful that government’s destructive regulation of the marketplace, nationalizing industries (communism) and manipulating the fiat currency hasn’t affected you enough to keep you from enjoying some firecrackers.

If you are stopped on the way by a police compliance checkpoint, be sure to keep your hands on the wheel (so they won’t feel compelled to draw their guns on you) and make sure to quickly produce the documents they require (*in Nazi soldier fashion* “Your papers, please!”) in order for you to be permitted to travel.

If you are ticketed, pay the fine and rejoice in the fact that it’s all done for your own good and safety.

If you decide to attend the local fireworks event, follow instructions from police officers on where you will be permitted to park. We certainly don’t want you to get another ticket!

On the way home, again follow the rules of the road and be ready to have everything ready, this time, in case you meet with another Naz…I mean police checkpoint.

After all the festivities have died down, settle into your favorite easy chair and turn on the TV (propaganda box) – and take comfort in the knowledge that your government has censored certain television programming which may go against official FCC, decency or “community” standards.

As you watch the news about government and IBM working together to control traffic through congestion pricing (a daily fee, just to travel into town) and developing ways of tracking your vehicle and controlling your thermostat so you don’t use too much energy, don’t get angry. This is all done for the good of the country – and you don’t want to be viewed as behind the times or hindering progress, do you?

As you listen to Obama’s health care plan – a plan to basically ration health services to those who government officials feel really need them – don’t let thoughts of population control creep into your head. That kind of thing could never happen, here, in the good ol’ US of A.

If you had to make a trip to the hospital, instead – due to a fireworks accident, for example – don’t complain about the long wait and ridiculously high cost of treatment that are mainly due to government rules, regulations and compliance costs.

When you are able to return to work, smile knowing that nearly half of your annual income is taken by government in some form or fashion (taxes, fees, fines, permits, licenses, etc.), so that it can be given to other countries (foreign aid bribes), large corporations who are supposedly “too big to fail” (bailouts), or fellow citizens who would rather sit on their butts than provide for themselves (welfare).

If this angers you, call your Congressman – and get his Administrative Assistant or an intern, who may or may not take a message. Wait for a form letter thanking you for contacting his office. He’ll be sure to keep your views in mind (not), in the future.

If your Congressman disappoints you, you can always run for office – if you can afford the prohibitive filing fees.

If you register to run as any other Party than Republican or Democrat, you may be required to get tens of thousands of signatures from residents before you will be allowed to have your name on the ballot – if your state even allows candidates who aren’t R or D (ballot access laws).

And don’t forget that the political system is rigged, anyway, and voting is a waste of time–over 230 years of voting, with things only getting worse, proves it–so there aren’t many viable options left for making positive change, are there? Well, there are, but you’re probably too comfy in front of the TV, or playing games on your smartphone, to concern yourself with something that would require a bit of effort and bravery.

If you protest or spout off about freedom, the IRS or the Federal Reserve system, don’t get angry if you are placed on a domestic terrorist watch list. According to some law enforcement trainers, even the Founding Fathers were “terrorists,” because they rebelled against their government.

Yes, sheeple of the United States, celebrate your freedom and independence from a tyrannical government – and try not to think about how your forefathers broke free from one slavery system, only to leave us with another.

Government-granted liberties are NOT the same as freedom!

17
Jun
09

American Hypocrisy

In the Middle East, people can defy government orders and engage in an “illegal” protest in the streets, but people in the US will dutifully apply for a protest permit (permission) to protest against the government–that is, if they can get enough people to take time out of their [sarcasm]very busy schedules[/sarcasm] to agree to gather in the first place.

The United States is the only country to have ever used a nuclear bomb against another country, but the US Government says that certain other countries can’t be trusted to have nuclear capabilities because they might make nuclear bombs and use them. Hello…?!

The US has supplied other countries with military training, weapons and chemical and biological warfare agents–and then attacked them for using them.

The US calls for arms reductions around the world, but pulled out of an anti-ballistic missile treaty it had signed with Russia.

The US signed the Treaty on Reduction of Offensive Strategic Weapons, with Russia, but then demanded that the weapons it would “reduce” be preserved and held in storage–just in case, I guess.

US officials and citizens get all up in arms about our citizens being jailed by foreign governments, yet push a policy of unlimited or “prolonged” detention–without any kind of trial, to actually prove innocence or guilt–for others officially deemed to be violators or “threats.” In addition, any rescue attempts are viewed as acts of war, yet we have been guilty of that on more than one occasion. (Note: US citizens aren’t automatically innocent, simply because they are US citizens.)

United States officials and citizens would never tolerate foreign military bases on our soil, but the US has military installations in nearly every other country in the world–to protect our “interests” abroad.

US officials and citizens would never tolerate United Nations inspectors coming into our country, to inspect our facilities and make sure we are behaving properly with our nuclear assets, but we will put sanctions in place against other countries that refuse to do so.

The US would never stand for some foreign leader flying into our country to meddle in our affairs, strong-arm our policymakers and tell our officials how they should conduct their affairs and wars, yet the US does it to other countries all the time.

Government officials use every trick in the book to make sure laws don’t interfere with their plans and activities–and if they do, they simply get legislators to change the law in their favor and make their previously “illegal” behavior “legal.” But if you are accused of breaking a law, they will do everything in their power to use the letter of the law against you to get a conviction.

And, most importantly, US officials play this game of trying to convince citizens that they are constantly “fighting for our freedom,” yet the US has the largest prison population of any country in the world, and officials force the population to get permits and licenses (permission) for just about everything under the sun, and have rules, regulations, laws, ordinances and codes–and fees/fines, of course–for everything else. (Clue: If you have to ask for permission, you aren’t free.)

Please, stop the hypocrisy and wake up to what’s really going on in the world.

24
Feb
09

Reality Check

I constantly hear people say that they are afraid of the police, the IRS, what the President will do while in office, afraid that taxation and regulations will drive them out of business, that they will be sued out of business due to frivolous lawsuits, that they aren’t sure that they’re jumping through all the hoops that government requires just to be able to protect their families, that there may be a new military draft instituted, that they will die waiting nearly 10 years on average for the FDA to approve a treatment that may save their life, and so much more.

I hear national talk show hosts repeatedly state that “both [major] parties” have “sold us out,” or are leading us “down the road to Hell.” Even in ads for legal services, one highly rated host mentioned that you should use the legal services being advertised on their show “to protect yourself from government.”

Isn’t it time that we finally admit that government is not a good thing? If people are living in fear, and we have the largest prison population of any country on earth–even though this is supposedly the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”–isn’t it time to admit that this was a mistake and work to abolish it?

I’m not talking about overthrowing the Establishment with violence and bloodshed. I am simply hoping that people will come to their senses and realize that we need to reverse course and peacefully deconstruct the source of our oppression.

I have heard some people say that we need government, because of human nature–but human nature is precisely why no human(s) should ever be able to forcibly control and rule over other humans, with armed armies of officers, agents and soldiers to back them up.

In human history, there has never been a limited, restrained government. Some governments have taken longer than others, but all have failed to remain limited or small. Why? Human nature.

Thomas Jefferson summed it up, quite well:

“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1st Inaugural Address, 1801

Too bad Jefferson didn’t follow his own wise words.

Humans will be humans; no one suddenly becomes a saint, simply by being elected to office. In fact, power corrupts, as the old saying goes—and all of the political scandals, corruption and lies constantly reported in the news should provide ample proof.

Politicians and government officials have divided the country and tricked the people into thinking that they are justified and correct in trying to control others, for some perceived “greater good.” Sorry, but there can be no “greater good” than freedom, and government tramples all over it.

Lysander Spooner once said:

“The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that-however bloody–can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave.”

Government officials steal from us (taxation), manipulate our currency and destroy our savings (Federal Reserve), transfer wealth from the commoners to the elite (bailouts), as well as tell us what we can say, what we can eat, where we can travel, what we can buy (and from whom), who we can marry, what we can wear, where we can build, where we can live, how we can work to feed our families, what we can read, how we can protect our families, and on and on, yet they simultaneously try to convince us that we’re free and that they are working to preserve our freedom.

Good grief, people; wake up!

And where did these people get their power, in the first place?

Some will say that “power comes from the people”—but there’s a big problem with that, when you look at everything, logically.

Being a regular person, your neighbor can’t “legally” or morally go out and break into your home, take your children because he doesn’t like you or the way you are raising your kids, steal money from your wallet or bank accounts, force you to use mercury-containing (highly toxic) fluorescent lights, tear your newly-built storage building down because you didn’t get permission (a permit) from him, fine you because you painted your house a color that doesn’t meet with “community standards” or zoning regulations, etc.

How is it, then, that your neighbor—a regular person, just like anyone else—can win an “election” and suddenly gain the power to do these “illegal” and immoral things? If he didn’t have the power, before, and no one else possessed the rightful or moral authority to do these things either, how can that power come from the people? It can’t; therefore, it is illegitimate. You can’t give something away that you do not have—and men in powdered wigs didn’t have any right to simply write words on a piece of parchment and begin ruling present and future generations, either.

We have to admit mistakes and make the necessary corrections. Government and freedom cannot coexist, so a choice has to be made.

The Bible states:

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.”

Even the Declaration of Independence supports correction, stating “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends [Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it...”

The time has come to make a choice: Freedom, or institutionalized slavery, division and theft.

For me, the choice is obvious.

Which one will you choose?

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