Think for a moment about how common it is to believe that others will not act the same as you and will not do the right thing. Assume for argument that as of tomorrow all laws are abolished, repealed, and there is no police force. What would happen? Answer truthfully. Now, ask this question of 10 friends. The answer will be, overwhelmingly, chaos! Women will be raped, murder will be rampant, children will be molested, cats will mate with dogs, and the Sun will rise in the West if it rises at all. When, however, you ask them how many women they will personally rape, how many murders the will personally commit, how many children they will molest you will get the standard,
The Florida Speaker of the House, Will Weatherford, told an emotional story about a younger brother who died of cancer. He discussed his parents having to receive help with the bills and he was glad there was a safety net. It was later disclosed that the government help was Medicaid. The Speaker, who is against receiving the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, immediately came under fire. The news media took aim at Weatherford for being a hypocrite. But is he really?
A high school English teacher in Chapin, S.C. was teaching his English class a lesson on the 1st Amendment. Scott Compton, took an American flag off the wall and stomped on it repeatedly as part of the lesson. As you can imagine, his actions have prompted outrage leading school district spokesman Mark Bounds to say, “I was in the military 20 years. I will defend your right to burn an American flag in the public square to my death. But as a teacher, you cannot bring your personal biases into the classroom.” People are right to be mad, but they are mad for the wrong reason.
Newtown, CT is, as you all know, the scene of the gruesome murders of children and teachers. As would be expected, the immediate and understandably emotional response has been geared toward the inanimate object, the gun, and away from the murderer. It’s more and more common for modern society to shift the blame and discussion away from the individual and more to “the group” or to some other object. Almost immediately, the media, the pundits, and the typical statist centered groups started the, “gun control” mantra.
Let’s begin with this basic fact: the siren song of no guns is a sweet tune that can lure the the most jaded and skeptical person. But, even the most naive among us recognizes that this is not realistic. Not even close to realistic. Guns are durable and can last lifetimes, guns are numerous and already well established, and let’s not forget that pesky Second Amendment. We all know guns exist and will exist for a very long time.
The reality of this is that it’s not about the “gun” as much as it is the “control.” Quite simply, any discussion about taking something from, “The People” is about control. Whether it’s “taking” someone’s ability to make a living braiding hair , or “taking” their property, or to “control” if they can order a hot dog with bacon. It’s about what “they” will allow “us” to have.
Rahm Emanuel has famously stated, “never let a good crisis go to waste.” There is no doubt that murdering 20 children qualifies as a crisis. But, as we are always warned to not act in anger or emotion, neither should we resort to giving more “control” without allowing the emotion to dissipate so we can think more clearly.
Hurricane Sandy, also called Frankenstorm, is getting ready to wreak havoc on the East Coast. There is nothing anyone can do to stop a storm like this. All anybody can do is prepare. It will cause, without doubt, tremendous damage and create multiple hardships. There will be thrill seekers who will face danger to get a picture or shoot some video. One of the most difficult aspects of the post-storm activity will be the loss of basic goods and services (i.e. water, sanitation, delivery and logistical) and necessary conveniences (i.e. electricity). There is one way to be absolutely sure that the goods and services get to where they are needed most: allow price gouging.
Talk radio is dominated by, “conservative” personalities. We all know the names we love, hate, or love to hate. Rush Limbaugh, the 800 pound gorilla of AM talk radio has been around for decades. But others are popular as well: Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Neil Boortz, Todd Schnitt and many others. Listening to any of these hosts, on any day, will definitely have commentary on, “the Main Stream Media” (MSM). The MSM is, “liberal…biased…hides the truth…are shills for the democrat party…always help the liberal and condemn the conservative…” But how scared are conservative radio hosts? Are they shills for the Republicans, regardless of the candidate?
In the never ending healthcare debate, it’s not uncommon to have Cuba thrown into the conversation. The argument goes that the island has universal healthcare that is accessible to all. It’s not true, but let’s assume for a moment that the Michael Moore crockumentary Sicko doesn’t present a realistic view of Cuban healthcare and the awesomeness it supposedly entails. Let’s instead look at a recent Facebook post discussing a very real situation. The names and photos are redacted to protect the identity of the Facebook poster.
With the school year quickly approaching, we are witnessing the social behavior of the human species I have termed the, “Illegal School Migration…or ISM.” ISM generally occurs in mid to late June of each year and continues until mid to late August. It’s the mad scramble of mostly law abiding citizens to find a way to get their children into the most desirable government schools. (I use the term government schools for what most, incorrectly, call public schools. There is nothing “public” about them. They exclude the public; even excluding those school aged children they pretend to be helping.
I attended a fairly large 4th of July celebration this year. It was truly fantastic. It is always amazing to witness the greatest experiment in freedom and liberty celebrated openly and without limits on the freedom of speech protected by that liberty. There were various groups exercising their free speech: abortion opponents had large photos of sliced up bloody fetuses, the teachers union had a booth pushing their union (the NEA) as the savior of children, the tea party had a stage and were giving speeches and awards to local activists. It was dynamic and never ceases to amaze me the vast swath of interests who utilize the freedom of speech.
During the celebration, I witnessed a very young adult, maybe in his late teens or early twenties, with a T-shirt emblazoned with the picture of Che Guevara.
A reader of LibertyInfusion recently went on somewhat of a tirade on his Facebook page and revealed a revelation he experienced. While replacing a microwave oven in his home, he began to think about conveniences, how we become accustomed to something and then can’t give it up, and how that relates to a gimmee, gimmee, gimmee society. His rant went from replacing a microwave, to having to spoon-feed any task, to a generation that wants everything free and now. Reading his Facebook post